How to Remove Aluminum Oxidation

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When a product is exposed to the elements, it can develop a thin layer of aluminum oxide that makes it look dull and chalky. This is called corrosion, and it can be a real pain to clean if it builds up on a large surface. Corrosion is not just an aesthetic problem – it can also weaken the metal. In fact, a rust-riddled piece of iron will become very brittle over time if it is not cleaned regularly.

Luckily, there are some simple solutions to clean oxidation from aluminum, including a common household item. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water to create a solution. Dip a cloth in this mixture and wipe the affected area to remove the oxidation. Be sure to rinse off the aluminium with fresh water afterward to avoid any residual residue.

You can also use cream of tartar, which is a common kitchen ingredient that works like lemon juice to break down the oxidation and remove it from the surface of the aluminum. Just mix some cream of tartar with hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste, then apply it to the affected areas. Scrub the aluminum with a soft-bristled brush and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

This is an excellent method for removing oxidation from outdoor furniture, car parts and other items. Just be careful to avoid abrasive materials like steel wool and sandpaper, as these can scratch the surface of aluminum, making it more difficult to clean in the future. Always wear chemical resistant gloves, overalls, goggles and a respirator when using chemicals to prevent skin burns and respiratory problems.

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