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Frequently asked questions

Why don't you ship to other countries?

Unfortunately this is NOT possible.

Because I get a lot of questions about shipping to countries NOT listed on the order page, I will explain in detail why I can not ship to other countries:

Titan-etch has to be shipped according to the ADR transport regulations. Titan-etch contains a small amount of dangerous substances that could pose a danger if something went wrong during transport (for example a fire breaks out during shipping, and titan-etch catches fire).

According to these transport regulations Titan-etch has to be shipped and labeled as an ADR-LQ (dangerous goods in limited quantities) package. Only specific carriers will accept ADR-LQ packages. Furthermore only specific countries singed the ADR treaty, and therefore all other countries will refuse ADR-LQ packages.

ADR-LQ packages can ONLY be shipped by road. An ADR-LQ package will be refused if it has to be shipped by boat, plane of through a tunnel.

The safety of the people and places involved in shipping are important to me and I will not make an exception to the rules.

How to dispose of used Titan-etch?

Titan-etch should be disposed according to local regulations. In most countries this means Titan-Etch can be disposed of in the same way you dispose of batteries and common household chemicals (small chemical waste/small hazardous waste). When disposing of Titan-Etch, write down the two main ingredients (Diammonium peroxodisulfate & Sodium fluoride) on the container. This way the disposal facility knows how to handle the product.

How long can Titan-Etch be stored?

While this depends on the storing conditions and methods, in liquid form it can be stored for at least 1 year before it starts losing effectiveness. In dry/solid form it can be stored for at least 2 years. After this period Titan-Etch might lose some of it's effectiveness. When storing in solid/dry form, remember that Titan-Etch is hygroscopic, and the dry powder may form clots.

What is the Recommended electrolyte for anodising?

TSP (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trisodium_phosphate) is my favorite electrolyte. It works very well and is relatively safe to work with.

Sulfuric Acid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfuric_acid) is the preferred electrolyte for industrial scale anodizing. Great results, and keeps your anodize bath clean. It's however not safe to work with.

Sodium bicarbonate (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_bicarbonate), also known as common baking soda, is the safest and easiest to get electrolyte. I have had good results with sodium bicarbonate as well.

Can I use splash anodising with Titan-etch?

Nail polish has been reported to work with Titan-etch for splash anodising. I have however no personal experience with splash anodising, and I am unsure what the effects of nail polish are on the etching bath.

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Artist: Sebastian / Berlin - Germany