1018 furnace cooled steel is a soft steel consisting of a pearlite and ferrite structure. The challenge in microstructural preparation of this material is the tendency for the material to smear. This smearing has a tendency to mask scratching which is more apparent following etching.
To minimize this effect of smearing, the use of tightly graded nanometer alumina with a polish-etch-polish sequence should eliminate this problem.
MAXCUT Abrasive blade (Cat. No. MAX-D or MAX-E series)
Compression Mounting with Phenolic, Epoxy or Diallyl Phthalate compression mounting resins
1018 Furnace cooled steel, 1000X (polarized light), etched with 2% nital. Structure is Ferrite and Pearlite