Matte Dip. A liquid that produces a matte finish by chemical action on any metallic surface immersed in it. Commercial matte dip solutions are available; professional chasers and metal finishers use these or formulate their own, most often made of hydrochloric acid. The liquid lightly etches the surface of metal to which it is applied;it’s purpose is to create a dull, unburnished surface of dead reflectiveness. It is occasionally used on proof surface dies for a contrast of proof and matte on the same piece for contrast.
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