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    Torpedo is offline Junior Member
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    I have a customer who would like to get some detergent for his tumbling media that will strip the oxides off the material (aluminum) and leave it with a bright finish. any suggestions?
    Jarrod

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    surplusjohn is offline Diamond
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    no sudsing for sure!

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    J Thomas is offline Aluminum
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    Any serious help would be appreciated.
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    Jarrod, how many aliases do you have? Of course I understand Rutland Tool Guy has been flamed early and often

    J. Thomas? Gotta be kidding.....Careful...D. Thomas has got some Yasnac robots with a plywood hand mounted as the end effector....

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    J Thomas is offline Aluminum
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    Matt please stay focused on the topic at hand. :rolleyes: And yes I have had a few name changes but that was encouraged by Don to make it J Thomas. My name is Jarrod Thomas and it just makes sense to him. I can respect that.
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    J Thomas is offline Aluminum
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    Still would like some feedback on this question please.
    Jarrod

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    fen2art is offline Cast Iron
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    Suggest you check w/ the guys that make the vibratory cleaners as they have proprietary stuff for various applications. I recall having seen some of them at trade shows, but as I had no current need, didn't collect info. If I were starting from scratch, I would be inclined to try TSP from the paint store.

    Phil

    (edit on re-reading OP)
    Are the oxides on the parts or on the aluminia media?

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    JRIowa is online now Diamond
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    Most of the time, aluminum cleaning is done dry with ground corn cobbs. Any detergent will tend to oxidize the aluminum parts.
    JR

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