Nu-EcoSafe Etch

Water-Based Surface Prep Etching Compound

Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch is a water-based surface prep etching compound specifically designed to provide a surface profile on green and mature concrete. Etching is often a pre-requisite for application of high-performance paint/coating systems.

Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch typical uses

Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch, has been proven to effectively etch green and mature concrete and masonry. The depth of etching achieved with Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch is the same as that of hydrochloric or muriatic acid. The residue is easily removed by water rinsing. These products are suitable for treating vertical and horizontal surfaces.

Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch is suitable for the following projects:

  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Shop floors
  • Factory and warehouse floors
  • Aircraft hangar floors
  • Residential garages
  • Driveways
  • Concrete stairways
  • Tilt slab walls.

Nu EcoSafe Strip Concrete Etch has the following qualities:

  • Fast-acting
  • Will not burn skin on contact
  • No corrosive fumes like muriatic acid
  • Will not run or migrate
  • Clings to vertical and horizontal surfaces
  • Easy clean up with running water
  • Non-ozone-depleting
  • Water-based
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-flammable
  • Contains no TAPs or HAPs (Toxic/Hazardous Air Pollutants)
  • Will remove most concrete
  • No muriatic acid
  • Low odour

Additional Benefits that contribute to Cost-effectiveness:

  • Reduces man-hours and effort required to complete a project
  • Reduces the cost of waste disposal
  • Reduces downtime since other work at the site can continue while safe etching is being conducted
  • Lowers insurance costs for worker safety and storage hazards.


Application Guide


Brush or broom application. Plastic watering can, polyurethane sheets, masking tape, gloves and safety glasses.


Protect surrounding areas. Ensure etching area is clean and dry. Optimum surface temperature is 20ºC to 32ºC. Do not etch soft or damaged concrete.


Add Nu-EcoSafe Etch to water. Rough stipple finish: 1 part etch to 15 parts water. Steel trowel finish: 1 part etch to 10 parts water. Surfaces hardened or high MPA: 1 part etch to 5 parts water.

Test Area

Test on a small, inconspicuous area. Check time required and dilution rate. Check suitability of the substrate.


Pour diluted Nu-EcoSafe Etch into a plastic watering can and disperse evenly over surface. Spread using a nylon brush or broom. Rinse and scrub or high-pressure wash as soon as the required etch is achieved.

Dwell Time

Average dwell time is 15-30 minutes. Check on test area. Rinse surfaces as soon as required etch is achieved.

Clean Up

Use generous amounts of water. Best results achieved with high-pressure wash.

Safety Precautions

Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times while handling the product. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles.

Nu-EcoSafe Etch
Quick Reference


Yellow Liquid

Coverage Rate:

2 - 3 m2/L m2/L





Water Based

Water Clean-up

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Important Notice

The information given in this data sheet is based on many years experience and is correct to the best of our knowledge. However as the use of our product is beyond our control we can only be responsible for the quality of our product at the time of dispatch. For additional information about specifications or application please contact our company. As this information is of a general nature we cannot assume responsibility for individual use.