3M Aluminum restorer and polish removes oxidation growth and stains and restores a lustrous appearance to bare aluminum. Use sparingly, a little bit goes a long way. We recommend testing on small inconspicuous painted areas to determine suitability. It also removes heavy oxidation and restores shine to most painted aluminum surfaces. Great for pontoons and aluminum boats.
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Want to clean up "white chalky" (oxidized) appearance of black anodized aluminum. Will this product work?
This product worked well on our aluminum clad doors. The color of the doors is off white. I am not sure what the result will be on black.
I honestly don't know that anodized aluminum can be cleaned with this type of product. Anodizing is a chemical process that has been applied into the surface, not on top of it. I used it on my bare aluminum pontoons that the previous owner had neglected and used some type of chemical cleaner that left the aluminum stained with what looked like dried milk. The pontoons were 10 years old and were also showing signs of light corrosion with very minor pitting. I applied the compound with a 3M 6"x1" foam disc on my drill. I discovered the edge of the pad applied perpendicular to the surface worked very well. Working in about 2 sq.ft areas at a time, Buffing it clean between applications. It wasn't easy, taking about six applications to get it where I wanted it. 16' pontoons took 2 containers of compound and about 100 washable rags. Very clean, very shinny even 1 year later. Up close you can see imperfections in the surface. 50 ft away, shiniest pontoons on the lake.
Have not used it yet. Got sidetracked on this project.
I used this on a forty-plus year old aluminum boat. Following the directions I applied the paste, rubbed, then buffed. The boat went from near gun metal grey to a shiny reflective surface. I just hope the shine doesn't scare the fish away.
Walt the Wader
The Best Product Ever!
I used the product to clean the metal surrounding my glass shower door and the metal around the vanity sink. It worked like magic! I did a small area about 3 inches at a time. Using rubber gloves and a long handled spoon, I put a dab of 3M cleaner on the metal strip. Then I used a square of paper towel to rub the cleaner back and forth with little pressure. Next, I took a second paper towel to remove the black oxidation and wow, it was mirror bright! On stubborn areas I used a very fine steel wool dipped in a little of the cleaner. It was such a pleasure to use. I cleaned around the sink, the whole door, back and front plus the frame and I still have 1/2 of the jar left. Fantastic!