Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-19-2014, 06:06 AM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
 
smlranger's Avatar


 
Country Coach Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 7,263
Blog Entries: 1
Cleaning anodized aluminum

The awning and slide topper hardware on my rig is gold anodized aluminum. It is getting dull and I would like to shine it up a bit. I am curious if anyone has some good suggestions as to what is best to use to do this.

All of my metal polishes clearly say not to use on anodized metal.
__________________

__________________
'07 Country Coach Allure 470 Siskiyou Summit #31578, Cummins ISL 425; 2014 Ford F150 toad; Air Force One Toad Brake.
Glen Allen, VA; Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
smlranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-19-2014, 06:30 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
DGShaffer's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,097
Anodize is an extremely thin chemical process and can be removed pretty easily with anything abrasive including cleansers. Don't use anything other that a soft cloth and detergent. What you are seeing is the beginning of it coming off from being outside in the elements. If you're handy and feel like you can get it off, you can have it stripped and re-anodized and at that, almost any color in the spectrum. Powder coating is then an option as well.
__________________

__________________
DGShaffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 06:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
rssnape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 330
Quote:
Originally Posted by DGShaffer View Post
Anodize is an extremely thin chemical process and can be removed pretty easily with anything abrasive including cleansers. Don't use anything other that a soft cloth and detergent. What you are seeing is the beginning of it coming off from being outside in the elements. If you're handy and feel like you can get it off, you can have it stripped and re-anodized and at that, almost any color in the spectrum. Powder coating is then an option as well.
Anodize is quite hard, but the color is thin and perhaps removable. Anodize has thousands of tiny "pores" that absorbs the color. The color is much softer than the anodize. Strong alkaline substances can etch aluminum. Reapplying anodize will certainly require removal of the parts, so keep that in mind.
__________________
rssnape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 11:37 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
ChasA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Apex, NC
Posts: 1,857
Google LC Wax.
__________________
2010 Winnebago Journey Express 34Y
2010 Freightliner XCS (mfd 9/'09)
'07 Saturn Vue V6
ChasA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 11:48 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
ChasA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Apex, NC
Posts: 1,857
Also Flitz paste. I've used it and it does a good job.
__________________
2010 Winnebago Journey Express 34Y
2010 Freightliner XCS (mfd 9/'09)
'07 Saturn Vue V6
ChasA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 12:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
DGShaffer's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,097
Quote:
Originally Posted by rssnape View Post
Anodize is quite hard, but the color is thin and perhaps removable. Anodize has thousands of tiny "pores" that absorbs the color. The color is much softer than the anodize. Strong alkaline substances can etch aluminum. Reapplying anodize will certainly require removal of the parts, so keep that in mind.
Hard Anodize is hard, standard anodize can be scraped right off with ease.
__________________
DGShaffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2014, 12:00 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
VanDiemen23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 778
you can make anodize look snappy with any silicone spray detailer or WD-40 for that matter.
__________________

__________________
VanDiemen23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaner for Aluminum RVs Enokie iRV2.com General Discussion 9 01-20-2014 12:34 AM
Aluminum or fiberglass smoore173 Travel Trailer Discussion 9 01-08-2014 11:18 PM
Electrolysis and aluminum sided trailer 1010 Travel Trailer Discussion 32 12-03-2013 01:59 AM
Aluminum Class A roof Renden Newmar Owner's Forum 10 07-28-2013 01:04 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.