How to Polish an Aluminum Pipe

Aluminum pipe, used in construction, automotive projects, and in many other uses can easily become dirty and smudged.

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By polishing it completely, you can revitalize your project and make it look much more professional. Unlike simply applying polish, completing a process of cleaning, then polishing, helps for a deeper clean and a more crisp shine.

Clear any objects away from the pipe, and move it so that you have easy access to its full surface.

Use a wire brush to scrape away any sludge and contaminants from the surface of the pipe. Take your time and do a very thorough job.

Use a rag and hot, soapy water to clean the entire surface of the pipe. Use strong dish soap for the easy removal of grease and leftover sludge.

Rinse the pipe off as completely as possible. Allow the pipe to dry for 20 to 30 minutes before continuing.

Using a leather shammy, apply a small amount of aluminum polish to the surface of the pipe, working with only a small area at a time. Work your way from the top of the pipe to the bottom, being sure to dry each area before coninuing on.

Things You Will Need

  • Wire brush
  • Rags
  • Soapy water
  • Leather shammy
  • Aluminum polish

Tip

  • If the surface of the pipe has some streaking after polishing, use another dry leather shammy to wipe across the surface and rub out the streaks.

Warning

  • Always use caution when working with chemicals.

About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.