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801 Metal Conditioner

United States

R-M 801 Metal Conditioner is a metal etching, acid type of cleaner which leaves an adherent phosphate coating. For use on bare steel and aluminum to clean and mildly etch the metal prior to priming. Improves adhesion and minimizes rust creepage resulting in a more durable finish. It is used to neutralize soldering flux; remove light rust; promote adhesion of subsequent coatings. R-M 801 is also non-flammable.


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