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03-20-2009 01:23 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Dood

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Does anyone know a good way to clean oxidation off of aluminum?
I've got some aluminum I want to clean thats been sitting a while.
It's non-polished, cast aluminum.

For some reason, baking soda or peroxide & a toothbrush sounds like a good idea, but I'm unsure.

Anyone have an idea?

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03-20-2009 01:35 AM  8 years agoPost 2
trexdave

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I always use aluminum wheel cleaner. If you go to the store and look for one that contains muratic acid (I think) or just smell it(not recomended to be safe) if it smells like a$$ and burns your nose hair out that is the good stuff.
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03-20-2009 01:37 AM  8 years agoPost 3
spames

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Yep thats the stuff... LOL...

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03-20-2009 01:39 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Dood

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Aluminum cleaner...

Now why didn't I think of that?

But seriously though, I'm just trying to find a household cleaner that will work well without ruining it.
It's just a small job, hardly enough reason to run out and buy wheel cleaner.

If Acid does the trick, maybe vinegar?

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03-20-2009 02:19 AM  8 years agoPost 5
rotormonkey

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Yup.. Mix up a box of baking soda with a few cups of vinegar. Nice clean mess free way of polishing aluminum with household cleaners...

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03-20-2009 02:38 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Pureadrenalin

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Dood

What are trying to do just remove the black residue? if that is it rubbing alcohol works great. if your are trying to polish it than you need to go out and and buy something like mx7 its really cheap and does its pretty quick. There are other methods like rouge bars and flitz liquid poslish that really works great but they are not easy to find items. hope that helps

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03-20-2009 02:47 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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Glass bead blast it and it will look brand new. But you have to mask the areas you don't want blasted. If that's out of your budget, scotchbright pads work pretty god.

Life is hard. Harder when your stupid

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03-20-2009 02:49 AM  8 years agoPost 8
GimbalFan (RIP)

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if it smells like a$$ and burns your nose hair
Uh . . . nah. Better leave that one alone.

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03-20-2009 03:04 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Dood

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Baking soda & vinegar did the trick.
Just a light job is all I had to do.

I wasn't trying to shine anything, as it was a rough, unpolished, cast aluminum.

Just trying to get rid of the hazey appearance it had developed sitting around for the winter.

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03-20-2009 12:17 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Steeltoes

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I have heard of using toilet bowl cleaner. But hever have tried it :

AMA #913061

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