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Old 03-30-2009, 12:08 AM
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Washing aluminum trailers

What's the best way to clean aluminum horse trailers? Not looking for a show quality finish, just something that might brighten it up a little. I've read on-line about acid washes that tend to turn the aluminum white. Don't want that. I want something safe, that won't hurt the aluminum.

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Old 03-30-2009, 12:11 AM
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dawn dish soap. stay away from superclean, purple power and the likes.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:20 AM
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How about wheel cleaners? Supposedly safe for alloys, yet powerful enough to remove dirt and grime that accompanies them...
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:32 AM
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You are correct in assuming that the 'acid' cleaners will 'whiten' the aluminum, I too would stay away from them. One cleaner you may want to consider is Simple Green. Mild, not too toxic, I use it on my wheels, and for my hands too. Good luck.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:45 PM
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Aluminum oxidizes instantly when exposed to air. I don't thinl you will ever find a long term remedy short of using some sort of clear coating.


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