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-Aluminum & Acid Washing-
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- We were taught that bare aluminum does not rust, but it does oxidize. The dull sheen seen on unprotected aluminum is that aluminum oxide finish. It is only an atom or two deep and it stops. This is in contrast to many other metals (like iron) where the oxidation can continue until the metal is completely consumed.
- What this means is that if you have a bare aluminum finish and acid wash it then you are removing that oxide coating. This makes the metal look great, but you have just weakened the structure. Washing away the aluminum oxide, is to wash away part of your trailer.
- If you're looking to get your trailer acid washed before the weekend show for a quick shine, don't let it get wet until after 48 hours. The acid opens the pores in the aluminum and if you get anything splashed on it before the pores close (before that 48 hrs), then you'll never get the stains out..
- Since acid is still present and lingering on your equipments' surface up to a few days later, don't tie your horses to it in case they decide to rub their face or slobber on it, acid is toxic and is harmful to their health
- Acid wash contains hydrofluoric acid, for more information on the effects of hydrofluoric acid please visit -- https://ehs.unc.edu/chemical/hfa/
How Not to Clean Aluminum Trailers: The Rundown on Acid Wash