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Old 12-29-2018, 05:33 PM
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Does anybody have any good methods of restoring aluminum/chrome, particularly a diamond plated tool box and bed liner? I've tried California customs deoxidizer and polish but it didn't do much for the time I spent and the really bad spots. Want it to shine
 
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:05 AM
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You have a range of chemical, abrasive options if aluminum -- not sure about chrome given the limited amount of material they use these days. In the past you could remove some of the upper layers and still get "shine" but lately that's not the case....
 
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:48 AM
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for aluminum, a muriatic acid solution works great to beak down the crud, then wash off and polish/wax.
for chrome, coca cola soda and aluminum foil, then wash off and a heavy coat of wax once dry.
 
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Thanks for the tips Ill try muriatic acid got and some laying around and haven't gone with the foil approach either.
 
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:07 PM
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when doing the muriatic acid, you only want a very little bit. if i remember correctly, .05% for aluminum. spray it on and rub with a soft bristle brush. when it starts to change to a dark color, wash off with a lot of water.
if you let it sit on till it turns black, it will stain the aluminum.
 
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Just realize that you'll never restore to original appearance. Corrosion and oxidation of aluminum is just that - metal that isn't there any more. You can remove the oxidation and other assorted crud but there's nothing you can do about the pitting.
 
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This prompted me to take care of the odds and ends of sockets, wanted to clean them up and knock off the little bit of rust. So I bought a gallon of evapo-rust. It is available at most auto parts stores. It took off the rust without pitting or doing other damage to the chrome. After the soak, I rinsed them off in water, according to the instructions. Finally I used WD-40 corrosion inhibitor on the tools and put them back in the chest.
 
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I've had good luck with an SOS pad on chrome, used lightly. The water beads up when rinsed off so it seems to leave a temporary protective coating too.
 
 


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