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How do I clean painted aluminum?

Care should be taken when cleaning painted aluminum. Regardless of the technique used, be certain to test it in an inconspicuous area first.

Because there are many different kinds of paint, you should first contact the original manufacturer of the paint for the recommended cleaning technique.

A few key points:

  • Do not use an abrasive cleaning technique.
  • Do not use harsh acidic or alkaline cleaners because they may destroy the finish. Use solvents with care as they may stain the finish.

The best specification available for cleaning architectural coatings applied by SAF is AAMA 609-79. A copy of this specification can be obtained from the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association.