Chemical Etching

Chemical Etching

The chemical etch process removes material creating a text/design detail within the surface without compromising the durability of the plate.  Key stages are;

  • Substrate is laminated with a light sensitive photoresist.
  • When exposed to UV light the design is transferred onto the substrate.
  • The plate is then passed through a chemical wash to remove the metal
  • Coloured paints can be used to create an attractive design


Metal or brass is commonly used for certification nameplates.  Using a chemical etch process will provide a “permanent” marking onto the surface ensuring the data is always readable even in the harshest of environments.

Our experienced technicians work with industry approved materials, CAD software and innovative equipment to produce a range of quality industrial signage and certification nameplates suitable for long-term or temporary requirements, surface to seabed.

Frequently Asked Questions

One the key advantages to this process is that the components are not subjected to heat or stress.  Flexibility of design means that complex components can be produced much quick and cheaper than alternative stamping or lasering.

Yes, designs need to be prepared to allow the “separation” of in-fill colours to ensure they do not bleed into one another.

Stainless steel, Aluminium, Copper, Brass.  The design and material will determine the process we recommend.  Contact us for more details.

A DWG or DFX file means we can transfer straight into our software and cut to your specific requirements.  Don’t worry if you don’t have this available we also offer a design service. Contact us for more details. 

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