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American Tripoli (Silicon Dioxide)

Tripoli powder is a rose or cream-colored, free-flowing non-metallic odorless powder insoluble in water. Tripoli, whose chemical name is silicon dioxide, is a highly porous lightweight material that can easily be cut with a fingernail and crumbled into a fine powder between the fingertips; however, the individual grains (usually 0.01 millimeters or more refined) are so strong they will scratch steel.
Typical Applications

American tripoli powder is used for controlled abrasions to buff/color metal producing a very high finish with minimal metal wear. It is used in metal and metal substitute finishing and with plastics/polymers. It also is used as a scouring agent in blacks, pads, and shoes.

Packaging Options

50 and 100 lb. (primary packaging) bags and 2,000 lb. net bulk bags.


American Tripoli Abrasive Powder, (SiO₂) TSCA (SARA Title III) Status: is on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because it is cited by OSHA, ACGIH, DOT, NIOSH, NTP, and IARC. This chemical is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List.
American Tripoli Abrasive Powder, (SiO₂) CAS Number: 1317-95-9

Sustainable Qualities

American Tripoli Powder is a sustainable material widely used for polishing and finishing surfaces. This material is a type of abrasive powder derived from a natural rock deposit and free from any toxic or harmful chemicals. Due to its natural composition, American Tripoli Powder is environmentally friendly and does not contribute to any pollution or ecological damage.

In terms of the circular economy, American Tripoli Powder can be used multiple times for polishing and finishing purposes. This means it can be reused and recycled, reducing the amount of waste generated from the manufacturing process. Additionally, using natural and sustainable materials like American Tripoli Powder can help promote sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of industrial processes.

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Specifications Available

  • American Tripoli (Silicon Dioxide) - Cream
  • American Tripoli (Silicon Dioxide) - Rose

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  • Air Float Cream
  • Cream 10 (C-10)
  • Cream 15 (C-15)
  • Cream 30 (C-30)
  • Cream 45 (C-45)
  • Double Ground Cream
  • Once Ground Cream
  • Premium Cream

Select Rose

  • Air Float Rose
  • Double Ground Rose
  • Once Ground Rose
  • Premium Rose
  • Rose 10 (R-10)
  • Rose 15 (R-15)
  • Rose 30 (R-30)
  • Rose 45 (R-45)


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