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How do you remove rust from aluminum?

How do you remove rust from aluminum?
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  1. Aluminum doesn’t rust, but it can get stained with rust from steel hardware or attachments, such as wheel bolts or mounting screws. Rust stains on aluminum can be removed with acidic, oxygenating or organic cleaners, or with fine abrasives like steel wool.

    Things You'll Need

    1. Commercial rust remover

    2. Nylon scrubbing pad

    3. Clean cloths

    4. Mild detergent

    5. Water in a bucket or hose

    6. Steel wool

    7. Aluminum foil

    • Start by trying a commercial rust remover product such as Whink, CLR, naval jelly, Rust-Oxy or an organic rust remover. Apply with a cloth or a nylon scrubbing pad, rubbing to remove rust stains. These products are best for polished aluminum surfaces because they don’t contain abrasives.
    • Use steel wool for really stubborn rust stains. Use grade four-zero to six-zero (very fine) to rub out rust stains, then wash off residue with water or mild detergent and water. Steel wool can also be used to remove the white powder that forms from oxidation of aluminum.
    • Try a method for light rust stains that appears in many Internet sources. Ball up a piece of aluminum foil about eight inches square, with the shiny side out. Rub the foil ball over rust spots to remove surface rust.

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