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    Default Cleaning aluminium and removing oxidisation

    Prior to painting I want to remove the oxidising from wheel hubs and brake calipers of my z1. Anybody have some good tips?

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    if your going to paint them get them sand blasted with a fine grit

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    Last edited by gpz750turbo; 01-02-14 at 11:59 AM.

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    thanks dave and garry.. I probably won't go near the steel wool because of fine ingrained steel rust spots. I have been researching chemical removal of the oxidising. blasting is good, but this needs to be a home job. (2c and all that).
    definitely will use wet'n'dry.

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    Yep, any of the above will work for painting, you right about the rust using wool but you get the Stainless Steel wool PB. It's never given me any problems yet.
    I usually use an alloy primer followed by White Night Epoxy Enamel, haven't used the VHT paint yet, though maybe I should?
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    Yes the enamel is a good paint, I am using the satin for sub frame attachments, battery box etc. will try the stainless wool. I will probably use the satin vht caliper paint on calipers and hubs and back brake plate.

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    I used a high abrasive aluminum polish I bought it supercheap auto, you'll find them in all the auto stores. $8 and it worked a treat

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    Stainless brillo pads are great for removing scaling. They actually "shave" the raised oxides off the metal. The finish is shiny smooth but blemished from the scaling; still a great starting point.

    Unlike steel, do not use caustic (sodium hydroxide) solution for grease and dirt removal (unless you seriously know what your doing). Aluminium is amphoteric which means it is attacked by both acids and alkalis.
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    Had success with a product from supercheap, for aluminium and steel cleaning. Basically a phosphoric mix, like a pink gel. Does wonderfully on the rusted steel, and did help with the aluminium.
    Arne, I will try the ss Brillo , thanks.

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