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Aluminate™ Case Study
  • An engine re-conditioning company was using a petroleum based solvent to clean their aluminum engine heads and blocks.
  • This was a labor intensive process, where the workers had to use a toothbrush to clean into the cracks and crevices.
  • Even with all this work, the aluminum surfaces did not come completely clean and still appeared to be discolored.
  • Therefore, the company decided to paint the engine parts to make them look better for sale.
  • The paint would improve the engine appearance prior to sale, but the paint would burn off quickly once the engine was back in use.
  • This company decided to give Aluminate™ a try.
  • Aluminate™ was able to clean the engine parts in a very short period of time without any manual labor.
  • The parts were soaked in the heated Aluminate™ bath for approximately 20 minutes at 180º F.
  • The parts came out much cleaner than the parts that were scrubbed using a solvent and a toothbrush.
  • In fact, the parts looked so good after the treatment with Aluminate™ that there was no need to add a coating of paint.
  • The re-conditioned engines were sold with their original aluminum surface, which retained its look after repeated usage.
  • The aluminum parts were cleaned faster, more thoroughly, and less expensively with Aluminate™ than with solvent cleaners and paint.
  • This manufacturer is now a dedicated and loyal user of Aluminate™.

How Aluminate Works

  • Immerse an item completely in Aluminate™ for 20 minutes at 140º F (60º C), checking the progress periodically.
  • Once the oxide is removed, simply rinse the item with water.
  • Aluminate™ can be used at higher temperatures, up to 180º F (82º C), to accelerate the oxide removal process.
  • At the higher temperature of 180º F, oil and grease will be removed, reducing the need for pre-cleaning with solvents.
  • When the oil and grease are removed at these higher temperatures, they will float to the top of the solution and can be easily removed by skimming the top.
  • Once the oil and grease are removed, the solution can be re-used.
  • There is a trade-off between the cleaning time and the energy cost required to maintain the higher temperature.
  • A temperature of 140º F provides the optimal balance between cleaning time and efficient energy usage.
  • Aluminate™ will not become active until it reaches a temperature of 120º F.
  • Since Aluminate™ requires a high temperature to work, there will be a dehydration effect from the heat.
  • Water may evaporate during the treatment, and the lost water should be replaced.
  • It is important to maintain the proper proportion of Aluminate™ to water.
  • The best way to do this is to mark the solution level prior to treatment.
  • If the level of the Aluminate™ drops below this level during the treatment, then water should be added to the mixture.
  • Once the oxide is removed and the treated item is taken out of the Aluminate™ bath, the item should be rinsed with water to remove all residual oxide molecules from the surface of the aluminum.
  • If the item is not rinsed, the oxide molecules will re-attach to the surface of the aluminum and cause more oxide to form.
  • In addition, there may be a dull finish on the aluminum surface.
  • Therefore, all items treated with Aluminate™ should be rinsed immediately following the treatment.