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Cleaning Aluminum Cleats (or is that Aluminium?)

When the previous owner's boat yard applied Cetol to the teak, they neither removed the hardware, nor taped it. So our cleats and things all have Cetol around the bases.

We've removed the hardware in preparation for our own teak refinishing. Most of it is aluminum. Any ideas on how best to get this stuff off? I don't want to damage the surface, but would like to clean them up as best as possible.

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okay i will take a shot

never dull, its a metal polish wadding that will remove paint, west sells it. or maybe sense you have them off soak them in a solvent like mineral spirts
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You could also try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. They fix a wide range of cleaning problems.

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I would use a heat gun to soften the old Cetol then scrape it off.


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I ws thinking heat gun and gentle scrapping followed by something like Prism polish. That or you could fall back on the C-4 idea previously suggested.

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