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Old 03-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We use sulfuric acid to clean the wheels, fuel tanks, and trailers. Not sure where they get it. If you get some, dilute it and don't leave it on for more than 20 or 30 seconds
Aint that the same as muriatic acid?... If so you can get it at lowes, or a swimming pool supply house. We use it to etch concrete. I remember using a diluted mix on aluminum when I detailed boats as a kid.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If ya ever get in a bind and need something handy, use wax compound finish, the grittier the better if aluminumn is really stained and nasty, then i finish off with a metal polish.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Try any good toilet bowl cleaner. It contains sulfuric acid to get out any lime or mineral deposits. CLR also works well.


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Old 03-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I dont know if you have given any of it a run yet, but at a boat shop you can get toon brite, or aluma brite. it is made for aluminum. you can also get some aluminum acid cleaner at truck stops or truck washes. works well
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We've used aluma brite on our aluminum dump trailer. If you dont do it right, it will really make it look nasty. Our one trailer looks like it has salt spray on it all the time, because the hired guy messed up when using the alumabrite.

Muriatic Acid works really well, but you have to dilute it. In pure strength, it will eat the aluminum pretty quick. Ive used it in engines where Ive had pistons melted to the cylinder walls. The acid eats it away pretty quick. I would dilute it to 25% acid to 75% water to try it first. IF you need it stronger, mix it up a little stronger. Also, I wouldnt spray it on, as it could streak. I would use a rag, but thats me. You can get muriatic acid at the hardware store. Thats where I get mine from. Its like $8-10 a gallon.
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I've always used spray 9 at the shop where I worked. May not bring back the shine but sure cleans off the rims nice


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Old 03-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Steelwool ? so far course has done the job I needed on my set of wheel's and the next step is fine
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metalwax products worked well for me, google it for their webpage
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white diamond works real good...we use it to wax all the aluminum an stainless here at the fire dept....and use it at home on my stuff....works great imo
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We use this Aluminum Magic at work for cleaning all our aluminum equipment and it's absolutely amazing and works in about 15 seconds with no scrubbing at all.



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Looks like i have alot to try!

I wanna try to stay away from the acid stuff if i can, and steel wool works great but being turbine rims its hard to clean and theres alot of hard edges ive got a few cuts off of. im just trying some no scrub things first.
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Looks like i have alot to try!

I wanna try to stay away from the acid stuff if i can, and steel wool works great but being turbine rims its hard to clean and theres alot of hard edges ive got a few cuts off of. im just trying some no scrub things first.
Yeah... Tread blew-up with advice.

Let us know how it goes.
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