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Old May 03, 2003, 11:18 PM
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useing "the works" to etch pcb boards?

can some one with pcb building knowledge tell me if this will work to remove the unwanted copper?

i know its not the best for this use, but its what i got on hand
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Old May 04, 2003, 12:13 PM
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Not sure what this is...
RadioShack sells ferric chloride (FeCl3), that works well. You do have to be very careful with it as it stains everything and eats anything metal.
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Old May 04, 2003, 12:50 PM
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its a cleaner, and is 20% Hcl.
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Old May 04, 2003, 04:36 PM
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I've never heard of it and certainly not of anyone using for that purpose. What's it intended to clean ?

All you can do is try it. Generally I'd think the chance of a cleaner successfully dissolving copper without touching the resist over the wanted bits was quite low but it might just work. Let us know how it goes.

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Old May 04, 2003, 09:54 PM
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well, tommorow im going to take it to school where they have an etching tank.

i tossed a penny in some The works and it just kinda fizzed, but if you take about half a 20 oz pop bottle and a bunch of tin foil shake, toss, it makes a nice boom
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