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Thread: cleaning up oxidized aluminum

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    Post cleaning up oxidized aluminum

    I just cleaned up a 30 year old mag wheel by spraying it with carb cleaner, and then working the wheel over with a brass bristled brush loaded with simachrome polish. Looks like new and the brass doesn't scratch.
    Non, je ne regrette rien.

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    This sounds like its worth a try. But dosn't the 'carb cleaner' dry faster than you can brush?

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    Yes, but Sailors know how to work fast.
    former Corpsman, Hooligan's Navy

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    SOS pads work well on aluminum. Used it to shine many things including a cylinder head. Took about 5 hours. The head now looks like it was plated. It is still a good idea to protect "shined" aluminum with a wax or clear coat.

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    Sorry to sound dumb but what is carb cleaner?.Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    Alistair, it's just carburater cleaner


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    Alistair
    There are two types of carb cleaner, sprays and soaks. The soaking method works best on crudded up carbs that have been sitting in the junkyard for 30 years...

    Not to be confused with exlax or Metamucil - which can also clean out your "throttle plate".

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    That Metamucil should be outlawed - worse than drano!

    How come it tastes like sh..

    GOTTA RUN!

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