This article reports on development of a versatile new technique that fills the need for grain etching in multiple aluminum alloy series. The procedure is a two-step etch that combines an attack etchant with a stain etchant to reveal grain structure of 2000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 series aluminum alloys. This entry won the prestigious DuBose-Crouse Award for unique, unusual, and new techniques in microscopy at the 2022 International Metallographic Contest.

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