First Contact Polymer- The World’s Only No Residue Strip Coat Cleaner






To order, go to our secure First Contact Polymer Store. Not in the US? See our Independent Distributors to purchase First Contact in Europe, Japan, Korea, China and others.

First Contact Polymer used by LIGO

First Contact Polymer is the standard for surface protection and cleaning at Caltech/MIT/LIGO








First Contact™ is a one-part easy to use strip coating.  It cleans and protects precision optics, telescopes, mirrors and surfaces in use, during storage, assembly and in shipping. Paint, spray, dip or pour liquid on, let it dry and peel off the flexible, strong, resilient film. First Contact is specially formulated to minimize surface adhesion and yet clean surfaces safely and effectively while leaving zero residue.    Safe.    Accepted.   No residue.

FIRST CONTACT Polymer™ Solutions safely clean and protect nanostructures, precision surfaces, optics, glass, fused silica, silicon, crystals, non-linear crystals, metals, Ge, ZnSe, NaCl, KBr, KRS-5, first surface mirrors, telescope optics and precision aerospace surfaces.  First Contact™ Polymer also cleans and protects diffraction gratings, phase masks, and pinholes! Smooth or rough, flat or curved; AR and reflective coatings, all surfaces can be safely, easily cleaned and protected with FIRST CONTACT™.   The fluid solution conforms to any contour, including nanostructured features, dries, and then the polymer film releases easily.

Photonic Cleaning Technologies provides non-toxic, inert polymer systems designed to remove dust, fingerprints, residues and contaminants from delicate, sensitive, and precision surfaces without scratching or damage. First Contact™ polymer film protects optics from physical and chemical damage in assembly, shipping and storage.

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NOW AVAILABLE: RED FIRST CONTACT™ Red First Contact™ is a polymer solution utilizing red polymers. The red is not a coloring added to the solvent system. The color is in the polymer so it cannot leave anything behind. Like clear First Contact™, it leaves no residue.

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*NOTE: Certain coatings have inherently poor adhesion, especially if done without effective substrate preparation. Be careful of gold and silver coatings. That being said, we and our customers have successfully protected and cleaned lots of gold and silver mirrors and gratings including those on the WM Keck Telescope and the Gemini North Silver. While we routinely clean diffraction gratings, the old adage about gratings still holds-don’t touch them unless you have to! (Of course, on one of a kind or high value systems, be sure to try some test substrates first!)

*CAUTION: The polar organic solvents in First Contact™ Polymer Solutions dissolve certain plastics like acrylics and polycarbonates. DO NOT USE FIRST CONTACT™ TO CLEAN PLASTIC EYEGLASS LENSES.