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Old 03-19-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Cleaning metal items on the inside

Hello everyone,
I am having a hard time finding any thread that talks about cleaning up the various metal trim/hardware throughout the inside of my trailer. Some items, like the vent/window trim, floor heater vent cover and battery/city power outlet covers are showing signs of rust, corrosion and oxidization. Is there a good product and technique to clean up these items and get them looking new again? CLR? Mineral spirits? Steel wool?

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Old 03-19-2014, 04:55 PM   #2
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Awetsch, all the above...sandpaper (600 to1500 grit), steel wool, polishes used with Dremmel tool, solvents to remove paint, ect..

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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It depends on the metal and what it is coated with. Brass can be polished with a buffing wheel as well as aluminum parts. To get heavy corrosion off, a scotch bright wheel on a bench grinder works well. I get them from and put 3 or 4 of them on the shaft. Some things are chrome plated cast aluminum and it is hard to clean those up because of the chrome. Vintage Trailer Supply may have replacement items for some of the old stuff.

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