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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:43 PM
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Cleaning anodized chequer plate

Not really sure if this is a technical question but someone placed wet corkboard on my wingtops and it stained the anodized aluminim brown. I tried soap and water and then a mr clean magic eraser but neither touched the stain. Any suggestions?
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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:48 PM
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heavy cut metal polish and a buffer?
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heavy cut metal polish and a buffer?
That would remove the anodization. Even Brasso would scuff the finish up. You may want to try car wax. I have taken sap, dead bugs and bird crap stains off of white paint with it. How bad is it? I would live with it or have it reanodized if it really bothers you.
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That would remove the anodization. Even Brasso would scuff the finish up. You may want to try car wax. I have taken sap, dead bugs and bird crap stains off of white paint with it. How bad is it? I would live with it or have it reanodized if it really bothers you.
Ill try the wax and send pictures tomorrow but its bad. I wouldnt be able to deal with it.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 10:36 PM
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3m rubbing compound; works on bird shit and tree sap... Also shouldn't damage the surfaces
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Old December 5th, 2013, 12:46 AM
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try flitz small amount in inconspicuous area, the stuff works on anything and doesn't damage paint. Ano will be hard to clean without losing color..
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Wet corkboard should not have a chemical in it that would eat away at aluminum oxide. It would take something with a fairly strong acidic or basic component to do that. Corkboard does have glues in it that could leach out.

I would first try rubbing with a paper towel and a strong organic solvent - acetone or toluene.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 02:41 AM
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That or goof off.
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Tried all of the above nothing has even dulled it. Any more ideas?
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Old December 5th, 2013, 12:48 PM
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See if this works. Or paint them black.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...&postcount=137

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...luminum&page=8

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Traded my black wingtop protectors for these that are bare aluminum. Thanks Dan.

These were in great condition but in desperate need of cosmetic TLC. I have never polished aluminum before and I must admit, I am still shocked...this was undoubtedly the dirtiest part of this entire build!!!

Anyways, I got a tip from a local fire department volunteer, who regularly enters into fire truck show competitions. He suggested his three step process for restoring aluminum: (1) clean aluminum of all contaminants, (2) buff with Liquid Metal Polish (fine grit) followed by (3) buff with Mothers Metal Polish.

The wingtop protector on the left, was my starting point after a thorough cleaning with various detergents. The wingtop protector on the right, was the result immediately after the Mothers Metal Polish.

It may be difficult to tell from the pic, but I can assure you that the result is amazing...like new.
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The finish on them is dull I don't want to shine it up and painting them is not an option. Even removal would be though they are adhered to the wingtop.



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That's my truck I haven't even driven it yet and every part on the thing is new so it is driving me nuts
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Try Coca Cola, original. Works a treat on jewellery. Build dam with plasticine or something like that around affected are and pour in some Cola, or wet a cloth in Cola and lay on top.
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3m rubbing compound; works on bird shit and tree sap... Also shouldn't damage the surfaces
WD40 is better on both... Spray on, let it sit for a min or two and wipe it off...
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Tried all of the above nothing has even dulled it. Any more ideas?
I would just leave it and let the sun bleach it out...
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The finish on them is dull I don't want to shine it up and painting them is not an option. Even removal would be though they are adhered to the wingtop. That's my truck I haven't even driven it yet and every part on the thing is new so it is driving me nuts
You should really be more worried about getting a proper set of boost wheels on that truck before worrying about this little stain.

I also can't imagine a strong adhesive having been the consensus from this board as the best practice for the installation of these...for this very reason.
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You should really be more worried about getting a proper set of boost wheels on that truck before worrying about this little stain.

I also can't imagine a strong adhesive having been the consensus from this board as the best practice for the installation of these...for this very reason.

Thanks for those great pieces of advise on removing the stain. To comment on your comments, I have wheels but as you can see from the blocks holding the images in place in that picture the truck is not driving at this point it is still being put together. Those wheels are on because why mess up the new ones in the process of putting it together.

Strong adhesive was necessary for it to sit tight on the wing top.

again thanks for your help

As for everyone else I will give your suggestions a go in the morning. Thanks.
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I'd try a chemical rather than an abrasive on an anodized finish. I have had good results removing leaf stains from wingtop protectors with spray nine. Oak leaves and water leave a similar stain.
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Jsbriggs is the winner thanks brother.

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