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Aluminum Stains


although this isn’t strictly a jewelry question googling has yielded
no answer, so perhaps someone in orchidland might have the
appropriate solution: the other day i inadvertantly left a set of
cast aluminum salad servers in the dishwasher over night. this
resulted in unappealing grey brown droplet staining on one side, and
a greyish wash on the reverse. i have tried everything in my
jeweler’s arsenal to clean it off & restore the beautiful clean
surface. does anyone know what will help save these items?

thanks in advance,


Use a hard linen stitched mop with the grey polishing soap that is
sold for use on aluminium, it will even remove scratches.



Fill a pan with water to cover the aluminum servers, add 1
tablespoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice per quart of
water, and simmer until the discoloration is gone.



If you want the cleanest brightest aluminium pan in Christendom ,
just cook some rhubarb in it.



Try “Mother’s” Mag Wheel Polish.

You can get it from the automotive supply store. But I don’t know if
it is food safe.

Helen Driggs, Managing Editor
Lapidary Journal
300 Chesterfield Parkway, Suite 100
Malvern, Pa.19355