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"Acid Wash" for trailer?

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DScott

11-03-2009 15:13:09




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I have a 12 foot enclosed white aluminum that has set outside for a while under a tree (before I got it) and it's dingy looking, looks like it has been stained on the white sheet metal. I know the 18 wheelers use an acid wash occasionally to clean this off. I have scrubbed a couple of times using detergent and car wash soap but that didn't get much of it. Anyone know what to use and/or where to get it?

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L.C.Gray

11-08-2009 06:38:48




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
I always had my aluminium end dump "whitened" (acidized) at the ol' Streakin' Beacon truck wash.

When I needed to do welding repairs on it at home, I would pressure wash the area, then use a diluted muratic acid solution on it, then after sitting for a bit pressure wash again.

The problem with using the acid wash is it will take the smooth shine off the aluminum, especially if it is polished. Most guys won't acidize a new trailer till it gets too looking pretty bad.

An old rockhauler trick to the aluminium trailers is to have them washed and whitened, then immediatedly coat them with a strong mixture of Mop and Glow and water to seal the metal and keep them looking good for a long time. I always wanted to try it but never did.

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Tee

11-05-2009 19:57:32




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
try a product called crud cutter its used to wash alumium & vinal sideing. Purple Power also works very well use to wash grease motors and dirty 18 wheelers with it may need to mix with water to weaken .



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IH2444

11-05-2009 08:27:37




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Windex and lots of paper towells worked for me.
Wax with a good wax afterwards.



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ScottyHOMEy

11-04-2009 07:01:08




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Camper Stores sell a product made for cleaning teh black streaks off of trailer and RV finishes. Takes some elbow grease, but it works.



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Willie in Mn

11-04-2009 03:44:23




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Old Ford Mechanic is right. Acid wash is for bare/unpainted aluminum. Never, for any reason, use it on painted surfaces, unless you are going to repaint.
Willie



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Old Ford Mechanic

11-03-2009 21:04:08




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Do not use acid wash if you want to keep that painted finish.Just one application will ruin it.Find some kind of soap to wash it with then use a polish to bring the shine back.The acid wash is for unpainted alumium.



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Hobo,NC

11-03-2009 19:26:16




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 Re: "Acid Wash" for trailer? in reply to Bendee, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
rub'n compound and elbow grease are a wax/polish along with elbo grease

Acid wash are puple powere oxidize the paint ,,, works good but in a short time the shin will wash off and the paint surface will turn to dust,,, course you can do the acid wash and return the shin till all the paint is gone

I buy purple power concentrate 55 gal. at a time (the good stuff),,, $90 nanners,,, cleans chit but have learned were not to use it,,, a painted surface is not one of'em if I am look'n for longevity.

I do have the problem of iffin a little is good than moe is better,,, I don't cut it,,, use it straight,,, its mean

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geoids

11-03-2009 18:35:29




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
I used a cleaner called "purple power" on mine - got it at Rural King



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JH

11-03-2009 17:17:52




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
T45 truck wash is a good thing to wash with it not as strong as an acid based solvent



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Dusty MI

11-03-2009 17:10:00




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
You might try a home aluminum siding cleaner first, not as strong.

Dusty



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Ken 46

11-03-2009 16:50:26




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
I work for a Large hog operation and we acid wash our trailers once in a while - I don't know the name of the stuff - I will try to find out tomorrow - seems like it smells like oranges - maybe a jusice extract???? Don't know



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Hoof Print

11-03-2009 15:30:34




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Boat places sell it for pontoons and aluminum boats. Comes in a powder that you mix in a sprayer. I believe it is MURATIC acid, but not positive on that...careful with it!



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GUIDO

11-03-2009 15:27:32




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 Re: Acid Wash for trailer? in reply to DScott, 11-03-2009 15:13:09  
Hello DScott,
Acid wash should do the trick, mix as per instruction, and will do an exellent job.
If used frequetly acid will dull aluminum, but it sure cleans it though.
Stay upwind from the spay it tickles pretty good!
Guido.



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