Aluminum is resistant to stains, but this does not mean that is cannot get caked in dirt, rust or other stains. You should work to remove the stains as soon as you notice them. This will not only help keep the aluminum looking good, it will prevent premature wear and tear from hard water or rust stains. It is important to use the right methods that will not damage or scratch the aluminum.
List of Items Needed
- Aluminum-cleaning compound
- Buffing wheel/cloth
- Polishing wheel/cloth
Spray aluminum-cleaning compound directly onto the aluminum stain. Ensure the stain is completely saturated. Use non-acid aluminum cleaner if your aluminum has cracks or scratches. Use acid cleaners if the aluminum is intact and very dirty. Acid cleaners are more thorough, but they can widen cracks and scratches.
Buff the aluminum with a buffing wheel or cloth. A rotary tool with buffing and polishing accessories works well for this. Work before the aluminum-cleaning compound has a chance to dry. Work until the aluminum is completely clean.
Rinse the aluminum with clear water.
Polish the aluminum dry with a polishing cloth or wheel.