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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer marks from aluminum

Can anyone suggest something I could maybe spray on the aluminum dividers in the trailer, or wash it with, so I don't get those grey marks on my horse?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 05:56 PM
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Just clean it. The best aluminum cleaners are at truck stops. Usually labeled for wheels and fuel tanks.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 06:00 PM
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I agree with Phly, try cleaning and buffing to get the oxidation off.
Another suggestion would be trailering him with a sheet on.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I feel a bit stupid now for asking lol! I normally just power wash the inside of the trailer, so hasn't really gotten much soap on it.
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The oxidation typically won't come off with the power washer. Got throw some elbow grease in too. On the bright side, if you buy a gallon of aluminum cleaner, you can spiffy up the whole trailer.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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Don't feel stupid, aluminum can be a lot of work to keep shiny and clean!
We own a semi-truck(with lots of Gee-Gaws on it) and aluminum cow trailer, you wouldn't believe the amount of money my husband spends to have that stuff cleaned and polished at the truck washes! LOL!

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 07:25 PM
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You could also have the divider glassbeaded and then clear coat it. If you don't want to do the glassbeading, a really good hand polishing job will work before the clear coat as well.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 09:31 PM
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Try tri-sodium phosphate. I just use a soft brush to apply it. It removes the oxidation. Be sure to rinse well.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-17-2013, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I better get out there and start scrubbing! The trailer sat all winter long, so probably why it had oxidized so bad.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-05-2013, 01:17 AM
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Just regular ole diesel fuel works pretty good too, just wear rubber gloves and don't smoke! lol
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