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    Guys, I'm stumped. I have two spun aluminum saddle tanks that are oxidized pretty well and wondering what everybody uses to make them look a bit better. Not looking to have the polished or powder coated but just simple bare aluminum.
    Any products that you guys know of that brings back aluminum? The tanks are currentlyout of the boat if that matters.

    Thanks for the help........john

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    Lot of the truck drivers around here use something called Aluma-brite(sp?) on their aluminum tanks, wheels & trailers.... Cleans the hell out of it...... Its a mild acid, although I don't know exactly what kind.

    I used it to clean up some old slot mags to save some time polishing.... Spray it on & rinse it off pretty quick, or it'll leave streaks & stuff.

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    I don't know if this is what you want but, I used a wool buffing pad and some light buffing compound on some parts I had for my boat. Cleaned them up real good not a mirror finish but slick. Heavy areas use some 1500-2000 grit sandpaper scuff and buff! It takes a little time and looks good! My .02 WT

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    Thanks very much for the responses guys. In a perfect world, I'd be blingin these things out to match the rest of the crap I've been building/bolting on but being spun, there's a pretty significant grain/lines from the process that I don't think I could ever get to shine so I was going to go with a spray on type product if possible. I'll see if I can find some of the alumibrite stuff Devils talking about.

    Thanks again

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    I just picked up some Heavy Metal brand polishing compounds at Les Schwab the other day. I bought all 3 grades and did a test with them on an old aluminum camping box that's been used and abused a lot over the years.
    Here's the result after just a couple of minutes-

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrork View Post
    Thanks very much for the responses guys. In a perfect world, I'd be blingin these things out to match the rest of the crap I've been building/bolting on but being spun, there's a pretty significant grain/lines from the process that I don't think I could ever get to shine so I was going to go with a spray on type product if possible. I'll see if I can find some of the alumibrite stuff Devils talking about.

    Thanks again
    May try a truckstop, if you have any around close, they usually have a pretty good selection of cleaning/polishing supplies. If they didn't actually sell the alumabrite itself, they may have it at a truckwash, for big rigs. Wash bays at one of the truck stops here does. It would be easy since your tanks are already out.

    Another place to look for that stuff would be a chemical supply store. I bought a gallon of it a few years ago (about $9 bucks), to clean up a set of wheels that were in horrible condition, damn near black with years of brake dust & oxidation, etc.... The stuff I bought back then was concentrated, you were supposed to mix it 1 part acid to 9 parts water. We ended up using it full strength cause it was taking too long.... Stuff you get at the truckstop will more than likely already be the diluted version, but it will still do the trick.

    Which reminds me, if you get ahold of some of that stuff, you may want to wear gloves....

    Good luck to ya!

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    i believe eagle has about the same thing as kenny(dman) is suggesting, its their eagle mag wheel cleaner. its a mild acid, so stay close with the water hose

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    If you just want to clean them up get some green scotche brite pads at home depot. Get a spay bottle with soapy water and scrub them with the pad making sure the motion is with the grain, spraying with soapy water (almost like wet sanding process). They come out looking pretty good.
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    I second the eagle stuff too. Itll take them back to virgin aluminum finish.
    Put the stuff in a disposable sprayer bottle and spray it evenly.or use a brush and coat as evenly as possible. Spray right after with a ton of water or it will etch lines into the aluminum. I used some stronger stuff that I got at a truck store basically the same stuff but stronger. You dilute it 50/50. I used it on aluminum pontoons that were moored in a lake for a bunch of years and the pontoons were black. I coated that stuff and used a scotch brite and they came out close to new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMPATIENT 1 View Post
    i believe eagle has about the same thing as kenny(dman) is suggesting, its their eagle mag wheel cleaner. its a mild acid, so stay close with the water hose
    hey jonny i use that eagle mag cleaner (it is an acid product) stuff on my rims on my truck and it works great..
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    Thanks guys. Would this be the stuff you're thinking of?

    http://www.eagleone.com/pages/produc...=1001&cat=5006

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    Pretty sure thats what they are talking about. Sure it will work, Armor-all used to have something similar, may still do..... Stained a set of my wheels with the Armor-all stuff cause although I rinsed the wheels, what little had gotten behind the centercap trickled out over night...

    I bet that Eagle One stuff will work just fine......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrork View Post
    Thanks guys. Would this be the stuff you're thinking of?

    http://www.eagleone.com/pages/produc...=1001&cat=5006

    that is the stuff!!
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    Thanks Devil and Austin. I'll give it a try

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