Cleaning and Brushing

Cleaning and Brushing for Metal and Ceramic Surfaces

Chemical Cleaning Product Lines

metal cleaning machine



2300 Series

Chemical Metal Cleaning Machine Options

Acid Cleaner

Alkaline Cleaner

Electrolytic Cleaner

Ultrasonic Cleaner

Brush Cleaning, Filters, and Deburring Product Lines

DeburrPCB mechanical scrubber

604 (2 brushes)

605 (4 brushes)




Web Filtering System


Common Materials Chemically or Mechanically Cleaned 



Printed circuit boards (PCB)


Solar panels

Specialty metals

Stainless Steel



Chemical Metal Cleaning

Acid and Alkaline Cleaning

Chemical cleaning for sheet metal has two different processes. Not all sheet metals require both cleaning processes.

The two cleaning steps are alkaline clean and acid clean.

Alkaline is the first step when preparing to etch metal that requires both cleaning processes.

Alkaline clean is used to remove all oils and organics from the surface.

Acid cleaning is the second cleaning step. An acid clean is used to remove any contaminants that remain on the surface. Some metal surfaces will be micro-etched from this chemistry which helps with photoresist adhesion.

The cleaning process is essential to attain your ceramic and metal etching goals.

If the surface is not properly cleaned the photoresist will not lock into the material. This means when the material is being etched the photoresist will lift causing your parts to fall outside your tolerances.

A second reason for cleaning the surface is to remove all dirt particles. If these particles are not removed, they can interfere with the exposure step. Causing opens for PCBs or etched areas that were supposed to be unetched for chemical milling/glass etching.

Electrolytic Cleaner for PCB

Electrolytic cleaning is a common cleaning process for the fabrication of PCB. Electrolytic cleaning is used to remove the chromate layer on PCB / copper foil.

Cleaning copper foil electrolytically before micro etching is important to make sure the chromate layer does not interfere with the micro etching process.

Ultrasonic Cleaner Machine

For the customers that require a VERY clean product, we offer an ultrasonic cleaner. The most common use of a Chemcut ultrasonic cleaner machine is for cleaning PCB.

Multi-layer PCB boards need to have perfectly cleaned holes to make sure there is no break in the copper connectors. Therefore, PCB fabrication shops will use an ultrasonic PCB cleaning machine to clean the holes out.

Mechanical Metal Cleaning Machine Options

Our mechanical cleaners were first used to scrub PCB surfaces.

The scrubber is less aggressive compared to the deburr. It is used for cleaning the metal surface and creating a uniform, parallel grained-finished surface.

The mechanical deburr is typically used on rigid metals and PCBs after drilling to deburr the holes. Deburr is more aggressive than the scrubber and will result in a uniform, parallel grain-finished surface like the scrubber.

The scrubber and deburr have both evolved into a mechanical glass cleaner, wafer cleaner, and metal cleaner for chemical milling.

Why Choose Chemcut to Build Your Mechanical or Chemical Cleaning Process Line?

Chemcut’s process engineers have over 100 years of combined experience in the wet processing industry.

Whether you are processing rigid or flexible materials, Chemcut will find a way to make your metal cleaning machine a flying success. We are willing to customize our metal and PCB cleaner to your every need.

Contact us today so we can discuss your chemical or mechanical cleaning project to determine what chemical process or mechanical process will best optimize your manufacturing needs.

Once we determine the best wet process equipment for you, we will start our lab testing phase. For the testing phase, we will need you to supply us with the glass, ceramic, or metal you want to clean, and/or the chemistry if we decide on a chemical glass, ceramic, or metal cleaner.

Chemcut can test unusual chemistries (organic solvents for example) for material compatibility prior to system build to verify the process will work, and that materials selected for construction are durable and robust.

Chemcut will prove our wet processing machines can attain your goals and we will help you optimize all your wet chemical cleaning or mechanical cleaning processes.

In the end, the optimization really comes down to you testing your new equipment and finding what best works for you, but we will be here the whole time to help you through every step.

Ultimately the main reasons our customers love working with us are:

We are here to serve you. Our pre and post-sales support is second to none and prides itself on our customer’s success. Our expert service team will ship parts overnight if needed. Most parts are shipped within 24 hours of purchase. Where our competitors will have you waiting weeks if not months for parts.

Etching Performance. Our etchers provide companies with the most uniform and accurate etched surface on the market today.

Durability. Our wet processing machines are built to last using USA sourced material that is the best in the world. We have hundreds if not thousands of etchers, developers, and strippers that are well over 30 years old still providing high quality etched components.

Vertically Integrated. We make over 90% of our parts so we do not rely on anyone else to make parts for us. This gives us complete control over quality and the ability to make parts in order to support installed systems that are over 30 years old. We never have to worry about a supplier discontinuing a part and if a part is not in stock, we can start building it immediately.

Completely customized wet processing machines. You can buy a standard etcher, or you can customize every single detail.

Research and Developing Lab Testing. Our research and development lab will prove to you that our machines can etch the components you want and can help you optimize your etching process.

Scale Up. Consultation with Chemcut design and process engineers will help you scale up from prototype design to full-scale continuous production.