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Trial Number 479

Trial Purpose:

To remove buffing compound from aluminum using immersion cleaning.

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Basic cleaning performance testing was conducted using ASTM G122 as the bases for cleaning. 

Products were selected based on the compatibility of substrate and for removal of the contaminant. Ten percent concentrations were used and heated the samples at 130F. The coupons were immersed in a product for 5 minutes, rinsed in tap water at 120 F and dried using compressed air at room temperature. Coupons were coated with the buffing compound contaminant using a handheld swab and allowed to dry for 120 minutes at room temperature. The contaminated coupons were weighed again to determine the amount of soil added. After cleaning process, the final weights were recorded, efficiencies were calculated and recorded.

Trial Results:

Cleaner Initial Wt. Final Wt. % Removed
Cleaner #10                      0.0883 0.0750 15.06
  0.0693 0.0350 49.49
  0.1100 0.1000 9.09
Green Works All Purpose 0.0323 0.0306 5.26
  0.0601 0.0565 5.99
  0.0361 0.0332 8.03
Heavy Duty Cleaner 0.0695 0.0649 6.62
  0.1183 0.1000 15.47
  0.1135 0.0754 33.57
Clorox Kitchen Cleaner 0.0440 0.0268 39.09
  0.0963 0.0385 60.02
  0.0996 0.0780 21.69

Success Rating:

Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary.


No product removed over 85% of the buffing compound from the aluminum coupons using immersion cleaning.

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