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Old 02-27-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Acid in Portland OR area

Anyone have a source for the acid to clean and brighten aluminum in the Portland Metro Area? Oregon that is!
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:39 PM   #2
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Any good paint shop. Ask for brightener.
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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Don't use it on riveted aluminum. The acid gets in between the sheets and around the rivets and doesn't wash out. I have read other threads here warning about this.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:09 PM   #4
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Well then.....EVERY...EVERY! riveted aircraft in the world is about to fall apart. The required standard to paint a riveted airplane is to prep it with acid (brightener) before paint. All trucks with aluminum bodies are acid washed. Airstreams too.....
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Yup, the acid scare mongering is just that. Once it's done it's job it's not acid anymore. As I understand it….
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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I thought this was going to be a warning about the brown acid…

I use it in my shop. After rinsing well, I mix up a solution of baking soda and water and apply that. I then rinse that really well. If I don't, it leaves white spots all over the place.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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Brown Acid - you mean "Alodyne" as in how you prep an Aluminum aircrafts skin so the primer will adhere before polypain?
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More like Woodstock
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:40 PM   #9
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Thanks for the response. I'll check with a paint store I know .
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I was just repeating what I had read here. I assumed it was good information. I just didn't want anyone to wreck their trailer. If the info is wrong I am sorry I repeated it.
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check with truck supply stores. The place where truckers go. You will find it there.
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there is Amazon
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I would check with aircraft spruce. But that's just me.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:55 PM   #13
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I checked with three local paint stores and no one had it. There is a freightliner down by Delta park I will give them a try. If not (Thanks for the Amazon link ) I'll order it online.
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oh yeah, Freightliner. They have all kinds of polishing supplies.
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