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Removing Scale From Aluminum

How do you clean scale from aluminum? We have an old cast aluminum tea kettle with heavy mineral-scale deposits inside and a little around the openings on the outside.

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Warren from Corning, CA

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

Boil some water and vinegar and it should loosen the mineral-scale deposits.

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By Dilly (Guest Post)
September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Soak in vinegar for several hours. Rinse very well. Polish up using salt and lemon. Put a liberal amount of salt onto the surface of the aluminum object and rub vigorously with half a fresh lemon. Rinse well in very hot water and dry immediately with clean tea-towel.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi there. I would definitely use the product Nevrdull.
I use it on everything that looks silver, my sinks, my tires and good silver and aluminum. You can get it at Walmart, Ace or HomeDepot or on-line. It works like a charm!

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

If the vinegar doesn't work well enough, use CLR. If your old kettle looks like the one that my mom has, the vinegar is not going to do the job. Just too many decades of build up.

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January 23, 20180 found this helpful

CLR is not recommended for aluminum. it attacks and pits it.

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