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clrussell
10-30-2013, 09:25 AM
Ok guys, so I've always wanted one of those dance aluminum adjustable hitches just because they are B.A. My friend hit a deer so I traded him my bumper I built for this aluminum hitch. It needs cleaned up good as you'll be able to tell. What's the easiest way to go about it? I'm going to clean up the rough edges where it's hit a few things. Should I just polish it or is there a way to clean it without having it polished? http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/ryde5yhu.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/30/8upyjy2y.jpg

timvan
10-30-2013, 12:51 PM
clean it with soap and water, scrape off the crap..buff it out with a buffing wheel and metal polish / rouge

Then ask your friend why did he let this get to this point..easy to keep up!

clrussell
10-30-2013, 01:00 PM
Think a buffing wheel will be enough? It had a few rough edges where it appeared it had been hit with a hammer and I ground then off. I've got access to polishing wheels just not sure if I want to put 10 hours in it cleaning it up. I've tried cleaning it with brake clean here at work and it barely touched some of the stuff on it. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/31/samuguva.jpg

CruisinGA
10-30-2013, 02:31 PM
sit it in a parts washer for awhile and then media blast.

Problem with the media blast finish is that it dirties very easily.

clrussell
10-30-2013, 02:41 PM
By parts washer what do you mean? Like one of the ones to clean transmissions? Or like the ones where you clean grease and etc off stuff? I thought about getting some aluminum cleaner acid stuff and seeing what that did

tim in wisc
10-30-2013, 02:41 PM
I would recommend a spray bottle of NAPA Aluminum Wheel Brightener. I can't remember which household chemical it is similar to, (The Works bath tub cleaner, CLR, Lime Away). The NAPA version is about $10/bottle. Same product that is used make aluminum trailers etc. look like new.

Follow the directions and rinse thoroughly.

Good luck,

Tim

76S&S
10-30-2013, 03:48 PM
Pontoon cleaner, just to brighten it up.

CC2MC
10-30-2013, 10:14 PM
Wire brush?

TOO-TALL
10-30-2013, 11:33 PM
Wire wheel......

clrussell
10-31-2013, 05:57 AM
Hit it with a wire wheel a little bit, it cleans it up just hard on it. I'm going to get some alluminum cleaner and give that a shot before much else. I'm going to have to repolish if completely.

bsloop
11-01-2013, 02:28 AM
I think your friend got the better end of the deal.
That hitch looks VERY rough. Heavily corroded. Midwest is very ambiguous but I would guess rust belt with lots of salt.

I would try some of the chemicals like wheel cleaner then aggressive pontoon cleaner. There was likely an anti corrosive coating originally that has probably long since worn away from the looks regardless. Brake kleen and other parts cleaners are good for oil/carbon based cleanup but I doubt will touch the actual corrosion.

I would stay away from wire wheel except as a last resort. It is too aggressive and will leave a rough brushed finish that will have greater surface area for future corrosion. I would liken it to heavy wet sanding that takes multiple grits before polishing to bring back a shine.

Personally, it is past show piece condition and I would not waste that much time trying to restore it. It is good for what it is, a quick adjustable hitch. Even that will have some compromises. I can see wallowing of both holes that will allow more slop.

That looks like a 10" drop so I hope you have a 6" lift or it will be banging on every curb or rock. Don't forget to take it off if you get close to an aggressive incline/decline, it will dig/drag.

clrussell
11-01-2013, 06:42 AM
I think your friend got the better end of the deal.
That hitch looks VERY rough. Heavily corroded. Midwest is very ambiguous but I would guess rust belt with lots of salt.

I would try some of the chemicals like wheel cleaner then aggressive pontoon cleaner. There was likely an anti corrosive coating originally that has probably long since worn away from the looks regardless. Brake kleen and other parts cleaners are good for oil/carbon based cleanup but I doubt will touch the actual corrosion.

I would stay away from wire wheel except as a last resort. It is too aggressive and will leave a rough brushed finish that will have greater surface area for future corrosion. I would liken it to heavy wet sanding that takes multiple grits before polishing to bring back a shine.

Personally, it is past show piece condition and I would not waste that much time trying to restore it. It is good for what it is, a quick adjustable hitch. Even that will have some compromises. I can see wallowing of both holes that will allow more slop.

That looks like a 10" drop so I hope you have a 6" lift or it will be banging on every curb or rock. Don't forget to take it off if you get close to an aggressive incline/decline, it will dig/drag.

Yea the hitch is in rough shape, I think it looks worse than it is. I think they hauled it around in the truck bed for a while and that's why it looks the way it does. I have nothing in the hitch, the bumper I traded for it was built by me after I hit a deer and insurance paid me for the original bumper. I think it's about an 8" drop hitch, I use a 6" drop hitch on my truck to pull everything and have never drug it anywhere. I realize this one will be a little lower. I don't want it show quality condition because the truck isn't anything special so I'd just like to get it cleaned up and mostly shiny again. Thank you for the info on the cleaners, I've gotta search the local stores and see what I can come up with for cleaner.

jschildm
11-01-2013, 08:58 AM
If you get it cleaned up I am sure some wax or something would help keep it that way. I have also heard of people using clear plasti-dip to coat aluminum rims before, but have never tried it myself.

mzimme
02-21-2014, 08:49 PM
Hey Russel... my dad owns an aluminum manufacturing foundry and machine shop. I'll see what he suggests. Hell, if you can get it to me I'll bring it by his shop and have him treat it with a batch of other parts and it'll probably come out looking brand new. I'll send him the picture first and see what he says.

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mzimme
02-21-2014, 08:55 PM
Just got a text from my dad....


"Shot blast it. Bring it home next time and we can do that. "

Can you get it to me in KC?

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mzimme
02-21-2014, 09:10 PM
Also worth noting, he said if you have it shot blasted you shouldn't have to treat it in any other way to protect it from the elements. This man knows aluminum too haha. I'd take his advice even if I can't help you get it done.

Edit... and holy **** this is old. Sorry...

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clrussell
02-21-2014, 09:35 PM
Will the shot blast take off paint? I ended up sandin it a little and throwing a coat of krylon on it. I'll actually be up in kc in a couple weeks for 3-4 days. Need to meet up with ya anyway

atihanyi
02-21-2014, 09:49 PM
call a body shop supply company and get a product called alumi-prep soak it with it and you will be amazed

mzimme
02-21-2014, 09:51 PM
Will the shot blast take off paint? I ended up sandin it a little and throwing a coat of krylon on it. I'll actually be up in kc in a couple weeks for 3-4 days. Need to meet up with ya anyway

Absolutely it will. It's basically a giant tumbling machine that shoots tiny abrasive beads at it. I can run it through a few times and it'll look great.

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