How to Stop Polish on Aluminum from Oxidation

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How to Stop Polish on Aluminum from Oxidation
Repply polish to prevent oxidation (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Oxidation of aluminium causes the metal to corrode and begin to flake. The best way to prevent oxidation of aluminium is to apply a polish. However, after a while polish will begin to wear away in places, particularly if it is a cheaper polish. When this happens, the exposed aluminium will once again suffer from oxidation. To avoid this, use a rust-preventive polish or spray and reapply it regularly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scouring pad
  • Warm water
  • Old towel
  • Rust-preventive polish or spray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rub the aluminium surface lightly with a scouring pad and warm water. Make sure to remove any traces of rust from the surface. Dry the aluminium thoroughly with an old towel.

  2. 2

    Apply a rust-preventive polish, such as No-Wet, to the aluminium. Reapply the polish every six months, paying particular attention to areas where oxidation occurred previously.

  3. 3

    You may also spray a rust-preventive treatment, such as WD-40, over the aluminium. The spray will prevent further oxidation from occurring. Reapply the spray as needed.

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