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    Hey folks,
    I am looking find some sort of acid wash/clean for Aluminum for after I weld.
    I am doing a brushed aluminum look and just need to clean all the weld residue and any oxidation off. Currently, I am doing it by hand with a wire brush and scotch brite pads but it is taking me too long.

    Cleaning Bicycle Frames

    Are there any good solutions out there?

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    Originally posted by ggodwin View Post
    Hey folks,
    I am looking find some sort of acid wash/clean for Aluminum for after I weld.
    I am doing a brushed aluminum look and just need to clean all the weld residue and any oxidation off. Currently, I am doing it by hand with a wire brush and scotch brite pads but it is taking me too long.

    Cleaning Bicycle Frames

    Are there any good solutions out there?
    A rinse with a phosphoric acid & water solution works pretty well....

    followed by a clear water rinse..

    standard practice in refinishing aircraft...
    Last edited by H80N; 09-10-2014, 01:02 PM.
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    • #3
      The product name I use is Aluma-Brite, same thing, acid wash. I pic it up at the local shipyard by the gallon. Easy to find online.
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      • #4
        Are these spray on, wipe on or dip the parts in?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ggodwin View Post
          Are these spray on, wipe on or dip the parts in?
          could be any of the above.. but for your situation.. probably a light scrub/wipe with a scotch brite and a quick rinse with a hose.. should do it..

          would expect it to be a lot faster & easier than what you are doing now
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