How to Restore Oxidized Aluminum

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How to Restore Oxidized Aluminum

Many automotive companies regularly use aluminium due to its light weight and inexpensive cost to mass produce. Commonly found invehicles and vehicle parts, includingmobile homes,boats, and car wheels, consumers from all walks of life regularly encounter oxidised aluminium in their assets. However, consumers can learn to restore their oxidised aluminium parts with guidance and a few easy steps. By gaining an understanding of how to best restore oxidised aluminium, not only can consumers save money on the cost of replacement pieces, but they can also prolong the lifespan and durability of their parts and property through the appropriate care and proper maintenance.

Cleaning and Polishing

Though restoring aluminium oxide is generally a simple process, consumers have several options available to them depending on their preferences. For best restoration results, consumers should use a method that provides a thorough and deep cleaning of the area. While some consumers may prefer tested commercial products for quick restoration, others may prefer a method that does not require heavy chemical use.

Using Commercial Products

For aluminium cookware and utensils, consumers should diligently remove any remaining food residue and grime before beginning the restoration process. For all aluminium pieces, consumers should wipe the object or affected area with water, as aluminium should be wet before applying a cleaning product. Using a mild detergent and a soft scrub brush, consumers should gently but diligently clean the affected area. Then the cleaning should follow with a good rinsing with special attention to ensure no detergent dries on the aluminium. This provides a clean and neutralised surface, free of all oxidised aluminium.

The last step in the cleaning process requires consumers to wipe down the entire surface of the affected object with xylene or denatured alcohol to effectively remove any remaining fingerprints, residue, or grime. Consumers should use aterry cloth or microfibre towel in this step to ensure they do not leave behind lint.

When working with severely oxidised or pitted aluminium, as commonly found in aluminium wheel rims, consumers should use a 400-600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to carefully work out the pitting after cleaning, but before drying. It is important to do this by hand, as using a power tool can overpower the surface and cause additional damage.

Using Home Remedies

For small pieces of aluminium, consumers can add a few drops of vinegar to a boiling pot of water and submerge the object in the water, letting it soak for 15 minutes. For larger pieces, consumers can dip a rag in water and a small amount of lemon juice, and then dip it in fine salt and gently apply it to the aluminium piece. The acid in the lemon juice eats at the oxidation while the salt gently buffers away the oxidised parts. Consumers should take care not to press too hard or they may cause scratching in the aluminium.

Protecting Aluminium

Providing a protective layer over newly restored aluminium can greatly affect the durability of the object, as well as how long before consumers need to repeat this process. Once the aluminium thoroughly dries, consumers can apply a clear, protective coating for metals, taking care to thoroughly cover the object's surface without dripping off any excess.

It is also possible to apply a layer of wax instead, but not any type of clear coat, lacquer, or car wax to aluminium cookware. For car wax, consumers can apply it with a rag and let it sit. When nearly dry, consumers should buff out the wax with another clean cloth, and repeat the process a second time.

An aluminium restorer and polish can also provide a light scouring for oxidation removal while also polishing and protecting the aluminium from future oxidation and wear and tear. Carefully following the directions available on any commercial products prevents misuse and accidental damage to the aluminium. Consumers should take care to put on protective wear, such as nitrile gloves, whether taking on a thorough restoration or a wipe down for daily maintenance, for the best protection.

How to Buy Restoration Materials on eBay

Consumers can find all the restoration products they need by shopping on eBay. By typing " polishing cleaner" or other keywords into the search bar on any page, consumers receive a wide range of products from which to choose. To find a reputable seller, you can review a seller'sfeedback or purchase from a Top-rated seller. Consumers can find great deals on new aluminium products through the offers available on eBay Deals. Learning to restore and care for oxidised aluminium can improve a vehicle's maintenance and save you money. You can also gain peace of mind that the job is well done when you restore your own aluminium.

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