Aluminum outperforms metals like steel and iron in terms of corrosion resistance. Aluminum doesn’t deteriorate from oxidation. Instead, it forms a solid layer that protects the metal beneath from degrading.
However, high levels of pH exposure can cause the aluminum cladding to corrode. Hence, it is important to employ appropriate preventative measures to avoid corrosion of your aluminum cladding. It helps ensure a long-lasting life for your facade, even in harsh weather conditions.
Incorporating a custom-made rust-resistant coating into the cladding improves its durability. Here are five tips to prevent and remove rust from your aluminum cladding:
A homemade cleaning liquid is a simple and cost-effective method to eliminate rust on aluminum cladding. It works well on small rust stains. However, this method may be as efficient for large and difficult rust stains.
You can make a basic cleaning solution for removing rust on aluminum cladding with ingredients you already have in your home. Lemon juice and white vinegar can be used for this purpose.
Mix half a cup of lemon juice or white vinegar with 1/4th cup of baking soda. Dilute with a gallon of warm water, and your cleaning liquid is ready to use. Spray the liquid on your aluminum cladding and allow it to sit for approximately one hour. After that, wash it away with soapy water and clean it with a soft cloth.
If a homemade cleaning liquid doesn’t remove rust from your aluminum cladding, you may need to employ commercial rust cleansing options. They are readily available at hardware and online stores. However, commercial products may be dangerous if used improperly. Hence, you must follow the recommended guidelines when using a commercial rust-removing product.
Some commercial products are made with abrasive chemicals that can cause corrode your aluminum cladding. If you’re apprehensive about the side effects of a commercial rust remover, you can use a rust remover sponge. They are made of a delicate material that will not damage or scrape your cladding and can easily remove small rust stains.
If you have a stubborn rust smear on your cladding, you may have to use a hydro jetting method. It can be effective for removing large and unyielding rust stains. Pressure washing also helps clean the dust and grime accumulated on your aluminum cladding.
It is recommended to use a low-pressure setting while pressure washing your cladding. Highly pressurized water can wreak havoc on your cladding. You should use a wide nozzle to prevent damage from a high-pressure torrent of water.
For removing small rust stains, you can also use the sanding method. Start by sanding a small patch of your aluminum cladding to ensure that it will not harm the surface. Attach the appropriate sandpaper to the sander and start it up. Move the sander slowly over the rusted area, taking care not to apply too much pressure. Sand till rust is scraped, and then use a microfiber cloth to remove any sanding particles.
You can apply a fresh coat of paint on your aluminum cladding to eliminate small, superficial rust stains. It is a good alternative to pressure washing or sanding. You should use an anti-corrosion primer and paint for this method.
Rust on aluminum cladding can appear unappealing and challenging to get rid of. However, with the correct approach, you can effectively eliminate rust stains. Before using any cleaning supplies on the whole surface of your aluminum cladding, be sure to test them on a tiny patch first to prevent any damage.
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