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Old 03-31-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Info on Washing with Simple Green

One of the threads here on AIRForums tweaked my interest so I checked the Simple Green Company's website concerning washing aluminum. There is a new Simple Green Car Wash but I still wasn't sure about using it on aluminum so I sent an email to the company and received a prompt reply:

"Theresa Provolt <tprovolt@simplegreen.com> wrote:

Thank you for contacting Simple Green and for your interest in Simple Green products. The best product available for cleaning aluminum trailers would be Simple Green Pro HD. This is a product that was initially developed for the aircraft industry, to clean aluminum surfaces, high tech alloys, plastic and rubber parts. It has been tested, thoroughly and has proven to be non-corrosive to aluminum.






The original Simple Green product that you are obviously familiar with has been used to clean aluminum for many years. If used according to directions it is safe for use on aluminum. It is used at a high dilution ratio, combined with long contact times, the product can be corrosive to aluminum. The recommended dilution ratio for cleaning aluminum trailers is 1:30 with a contact time of 5 minutes or less. Of course it is never a good idea to allow any cleaning product dry onto a surface.



Simple Green Car Wash is fine for cleaning aluminum trailers also. Just be sure to follow the directions and give a good rinse.



I hope that this information is helpful to you. If you have further questions about this or other Simple Green products or uses, please feel free to contact me directly. My contact information is provided below and my regular business hours are Mon thru Fri from 8 – 5 Pacific Standard Time.



Thank you again for your inquiry.



Sincerely,



Theresa Provolt

Technical and Customer Liaison

Simple Green

15922 Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Harbour , CA 92649

(800)228-0709 ext 6091"


In my reply requesting permission to post her email on these forums, I also asked if the Pro product is biodegradable. Here is the response:


"We would be happy for you to post this response on the Airstreams Forum. Additionally, you can add that Simple Green Pro HD is non-toxic and biodegradable. The name of the original product that was developed for the Aircraft industry is Extreme Simple Green® Aircraft & Precision Cleaner. This product is still available through industrial distributors such as Grainger, Aircraft Spruce & RS Hughes.

Please let me know if I can provide any more information about these or other Simple Green products or uses.

Thanks again!

Theresa R. Provolt"
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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Thanx for the info. I have used SAimple Green for as the only known disolver of ink jet ink.
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So why is simple green better than say, dish soap for washing?
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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Found on the Simple Green Website:

"Pro Series Simple Green Retailers

Below is a list of United States retailers that carry Pro Series Simple Green products. Click on the retailer's name to find a store near you. Not all stores are guaranteed to carry Pro Series Simple Green.
Auto Barn - Long Island, NY
Auto Zone - Nationwide
Blain's Farm & Fleet - Midwest
Daiei Automotive - Hawaii
Longs Drug - West Coast
Meijer - MI, IN, OH, IL, PA
Murray's Discount Auto - Midwest
NAPA - Nationwide
National Auto Stores – PA
Orchard Supply Hardware (Automotive Department)
Ozark/O'Reilly Automotive Stores - Nationwide
Pep Boys - Nationwide
Raley's
Trak Auto
VIP Discount Auto - ME"
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:27 PM   #5
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So why is simple green better than say, dish soap for washing?
I don't have the information to answer that question. "What to wash the A/S with" has been discussed on more than one other thread, in my memory. Several of those threads led us to believe that Simple Green is not one of the good options. I am merely sharing the discovery that maybe Simple Green does make at least one specific product in it's line that can be used on aluminum. My guess is that there is likely more than one fan of Simple Green products on these forums that would like to have the information.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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Wait! I've used Simple Green before on bare aluminum, and it took off the shine. I'd test a bit on a small part before doing it the whole trailer.

I use it all the time on my coated wheels without issue however.
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Wait! I've used Simple Green before on bare aluminum, and it took off the shine. I'd test a bit on a small part before doing it the whole trailer.

I use it all the time on my coated wheels without issue however.
Good luck!
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I'm curious...Did you use the Simple Green Pro HD? It seems to be a different product than regular simple green. I do agree with you, it seems prudent to test it on a small area, first.

On edit: Also note that we have not tried this on our A/S. Though I think we might...on a small area first.
I am neither endorsing or disclaiming this product...merely sharing information received from the company!
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Aircraft Simple Green

If you are at all concerned about the regular Simple Green products they do make one specifically for aircraft. It is my understanding the the regular stuff tended to etch aluminium, after it was soaked in full strength simple green for an extended period. The formula was modified and additional tests conducted which indicated that the new formulation did not etch aluminium. I can't remember if the testing was done for the FAA or Defense Department, but the new stuff is approved for use on aircraft.
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the stuff at costco.....regular
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good stuff... thanks!
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:43 AM   #11
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Interesting thread! Thanks for the information!!
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I've been using Armor All Car Wash and haven't seen any issues. If you use the regular simple green, like with any cleaning agent, do it in sections, not leaving anything on the skin for more than a few minutes...rinse, dry and you're off.
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We have been using the old blue Dawn diswashing soap and it works great on the silver and the autos. It rinses well without any residue (depends on the person rinsing). We have diluted simple green in a spray bottle to use on tires and wheels. It cleans well with the help of a scrub brush, but, requires a good rinse. We'll have to try the Pro HD. It will have to be a good price to replace Dawn. Thanks for the info Mrs. Redshed! Have a great day.
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I used Simple Green on the entire INTERIOR of Buttercup. The 70s plastic interior was coated with sticky gunk and dirt. It came off easily and looks beautiful now.

I used a toothbrush! And then rinsed with a sponge and warm water.

We just came back from Death Valley and the outside is covered with dust and mud from the road. Thanks for the info. I'm going to give it a try.

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