MacDermid offers three products that protect against the formation and growth of microorganisms during plating applications without using harmful phenol compounds. Aqualac AM, Metex AF additive and Metex AM rinse aid all are formulated to provide broad-spectrum protection against enteric, pseudomonas, staphylococcus, yeast and mold.
In addition to its antibacterial properties, Aqualac AM lacquer technology acts as a humectant and skin-conditioning agent that lends moisturization, emollience and wetting properties. It also contains a UV tracer for ease of detection. Aqualac AM is well-suited for decorative applications in wire goods, consumer products and interior automotive.
Metex AF combines an antifungal agent and an antimicrobial agent to prevent bacterial and fungal growth in rinse waters and rinsing equipment. It can be used in both stagnant and flowing rinses, and can be analyzed for ease of process control.
Metex AM rinse aid is best-suited for applications where antimicrobial properties are desired without the use of a lacquer. The antimicrobial agent is incorporated into the final rinse with another product that enables it to adhere to finished parts, enabling an antimicrobial coating to be applied in decorative, functional and engineering applications. This product also contains a UV tracer for ease of detection.