How to Polish an Aluminum Tool Box

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An aluminum toolbox works as hard as the owner does. It braves the wind, rain and even the harsh sun. With the elements, keeping the tool box polished and refined may be difficult to accomplish. The rust, dullness and dust can come off and the aluminum toolbox will appear as new. To keep the shine, polish your tool box every month. You should also clean the grime and dirt from the box at least once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket of water Two rags Soft bristle brush Towel Aluminum polish
  • Buy aluminum polish from your local home improvement store. Department stores as well as car detail locations also carry aluminum polish. The Aluminum Restorer & Polish product is useful on strong aluminum such as boats. It gets rid of oxidation from weather conditions and restores the finish. Cyclo Free Flite Cleaner eliminates corrosion and polishes set-in exterior film.

  • Fill the bucket with steaming hot water. Place the first rag into the water. Squeeze it once and wipe down the aluminum toolbox. This removes any dust on the box.

  • Use the soft bristle brush to remove set-in dirt and mud. The soft bristles will not scratch the surface but will clean the aluminum tool box. Scrub roughly to thoroughly cleanse the box.

  • Use the moist rag to wipe off any excess dirt and mud. Dry the aluminum toolbox with the towel.

  • Take your dry rag and dip it into to the aluminum polish. Use approximately a half-dollar size amount. You can use more, if it is required for the task. Rub the polish into the aluminum tool box. Start at the top and work your way around. Repeat if necessary.

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