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horseluver250 05-16-2013 06:46 PM

Trailer marks from aluminum
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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?

Phly 05-16-2013 06:56 PM

Just clean it. The best aluminum cleaners are at truck stops. Usually labeled for wheels and fuel tanks.
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COWCHICK77 05-16-2013 07:00 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.

horseluver250 05-16-2013 07:00 PM

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.

Phly 05-16-2013 07:04 PM

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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COWCHICK77 05-16-2013 07:30 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!

NorthernMama 05-16-2013 08:25 PM

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.

Saddlebag 05-16-2013 10:31 PM

Try tri-sodium phosphate. I just use a soft brush to apply it. It removes the oxidation. Be sure to rinse well.

horseluver250 05-17-2013 09:29 AM

Thanks, I better get out there and start scrubbing! The trailer sat all winter long, so probably why it had oxidized so bad.

BigNickMontana 08-05-2013 02:17 AM

Just regular ole diesel fuel works pretty good too, just wear rubber gloves and don't smoke! lol

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