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    Best way to clean aluminum token?

    Ive got an aluminum token that I would like to clean. I have tried baking soda and electrolysis with limited success. Any other methods without damaging the aluminum?
    It has some dark gunk on it and slight oxidation.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    i would like a few tips on this as well.

    mike

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    I've used a brass, (yes brass) brush with some good results. Buy them at any hardware store. Just make sure that you lightly, and I mean lightly brush them. Like you are brushing your teeth. I usually clean the tokens this way, under running water. Good luck.

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    interesting....
    i've got a piece of laminate with various size holes for coins, tokens to sit in. this allows eraser or brush cleaning without doing the finger tips...ha ha!
    never thought of the brass brush lightly on aluminum and the running water must show your progress. thanks for this tip. will give it a try.

    mike

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    I use a rock tumbler with sand,aquarium rock, and two drops of dish soap.
    Tumble for an hour an check. Depending how much crud is on them they
    usually come out good.

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    Rock tumbler works great! It's the only way to go, follow Novaman's ingredients! If the aluminum token has any "bubbles" on it those will turn into holes if you tumble it to long so keep an eye on it.
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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    I have had excellent luck using a brass dremel brush on a dremel tool with a variable speed.
    It will take the crud off and clean the token at the same time. Use a minor amount of force and proceed lightly until you figure out how much pressure you can exert. Generally is you don't push hard you won't scratch your aluminum.

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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    I usually start with a brass brush and tooth paste. Lighylt brush then run under water.
    That usually gets off most of the crud.
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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    Quote Originally Posted by curbdiggercarl57
    I've used a brass, (yes brass) brush with some good results. Buy them at any hardware store. Just make sure that you lightly, and I mean lightly brush them. Like you are brushing your teeth. I usually clean the tokens this way, under running water. Good luck.
    I too have used brass brushes,you don't want a firm BRUSH,there is various thinness&firmness to brass brushs...you want a thinner brass wire brush&brush softly,as mentioned w/dremel tool,etc....HH ALL!!!
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    Re: Best way to clean aluminum token?

    thanks for the info on how to clean the aluminum tokens...
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