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What is a wetting agent?

We state that many of our tanks such as the polyethylene are not recommended for wetting agents.
A wetting agent is an item that increases a liquids ability to penetrate and to spread.
Wetting agents include surfactants, foam, alcohols, detergents, and glycols.
Wetting agents are consdered stress cracking agents. Other stress cracking agents include detergents, surface active chemicals, lubricants, oils, ultra pure water, and plating additives such as brightner.
Even at small concentrations stress cracking agents are able to damage your tank. Cross-linked High Density Polytheylene is more resistant to stress-cracking then either Low or High Density Polyethylene. In some cases you may need to use a PVDF tank, which has excellent stress-crack resistance.
Title: What is a wetting agent?
Description: A list of chemicals that are considered wetting agents.
Published: 10/30/2007
Last Edited: 9/19/2013
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