How To Clean Aluminum

As aluminum sheet suppliers we see our aluminum products being shipped across North America for a variety of purposes. As our anodized and decorative aluminum sheet metal, wires, coils, and foil can be found in multiple locations around the house—you might be wondering how your decorative elements should be cleaned.

Siding And Outdoor Features

Aluminum siding has become increasingly popular. Just as with most other types of siding, you can use a pressure washer to clean your aluminum. Start with your pressure on a low setting, but don’t underestimate the power of your pressure washer. When on high, pressure washers can dent or damage your siding or outdoor metal art—so start low and take your time. Bleach or vinegar can be used to hand scrub areas with mold or mildew, just make sure to use a soft cloth—and not a brush that could scratch your siding. You can also find metal cleaners at your local home and garden store.

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Food Cans

Soda, beer, and canned goods are placed in aluminum cans. Before tossing them in the recycling, rinse them out until they are clean. Some canned goods may need to soak for a bit before all food particles are removed, such as chili or thick soup.

Aluminum Nameplates, Blinds And Indoor Décor

While you can get your anodized aluminum damp to dust, in most cases it isn’t necessary. Instead, use a dust-grabbing microfiber cloth to dust trophy nameplates, metal blinds, or other aluminum artwork. A swatch of fleece will also get the job done.

Car Trim

In most cases, a store bought metal polish will do the trick. However, you may need to remove the trim and polish it with .000 steel wool—either by hand or on a polishing wheel. Don’t polish while still on the car, or your run the risk of scratching your paint.
These are just a handful of ways to clean your decorative aluminum sheet metal and household aluminum products.

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3 Ways To Up-cycle Your Aluminum

Whether you have leftover aluminum scraps from your most recent home improvement project, or you have some soda or food cans you want to re-purpose—your up-cycling options are endless.

Recycle

Aluminum is a metal that is 100% recyclable. Whether you have leftover scraps, sheets, wire, foil, or coil—it can all be recycled at a local recycling plant. Larger pieces may have to be dropped off directly, but smaller pieces can be placed in your standard recycling bins.

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Donate To A Local Artist

If you have leftover colored, clear, raw, or anodized aluminum, reach out to a local artist who can put your excess to good use. Keep in mind that many artists create intricate works of art, such as jewelry, so even your smallest scraps may be just the right size for their upcoming projects.

DIY Arts And Crafts

Whether you enjoy arts and crafts or are looking for something fun to do with the kids—aluminum art is an excellent activity. All you need is a mallet and a metal cutter to get started. Aluminum metal is sharp when cut, and creates slivers and shards, so you must be careful. Anodized aluminum can be harder to cut and shape, but its edges aren’t as sharp. From decorative metal frames and mats for your photos, to intricate designs made from the smallest of scraps.

Accent Your Home

Before you donate or recycle your leftover aluminum, consider if there are any other ways you can use it to accent your home. This versatile metal can be used both indoor, and if anodized, outdoors. Simply look for other areas of you home that can be customized by adding metal detailing. From sheets to aluminum wire welding you have plenty of options for accenting your home.

Absolutely any kind of aluminum metal can be up-cycled or recycled. Allow the tips above to serve as inspiration.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/233-3-ways-to-up-cycle-your-aluminum.html

3 Fun Things You Can Do With 4×8 Aluminum Sheets

Raw, colored, white painted, and clear anodized aluminum sheets have become a popular medium for creative projects. There is a reason why aluminum sheets are available in sizes similar to that of plywood—however, the creative applications with these versatile sheets expand far beyond that of plywood.

Aluminum Art Installations

Next time you are in an art gallery, or see an outdoor work of metal art—take a look to see if it is made fully or partially from raw or anodized aluminum. A few large-scale aluminum artists and their artworks from around the world include:

  • Japanese artist and architect Sou Fujimoto’s “Many Small Cubes”

  • Paul Villinski’s large scale bird installations using found aluminum cans

  • Jan Hendrix of Mexico City, who creates aluminum sculptures such as “Algae”

  • Sol LeWitt, whose most popular aluminum installation is “1 3 5 7 9 11”

  • Matt Dehaemer’s spike-inspired “Catalyst”

  • Rachel Thomas’ illuminating “Light Filter

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Aluminum Feature Wall

Adding a feature wall to your home or office is an excellent way to personalize your space. Most feature walls are painted in a standout color or pattern, adorned with a textured wall covering, or have the design elements built-in, such as decorative crown-molding detail. If you are searching for something a bit different, consider using white painted aluminum sheets, or colored or raw aluminum sheets. Simply apply to your wall to give a sleek and modern look. Cut, layer, texturize or emboss for more visual appeal.

Print Or Paint Clear Anodized Aluminum Sheets

One of the fastest growing trends in wall coverings are creative wall decals that cover the majority of the wall. While the options are endless in these wallpaper-like decals, also consider 3D printing your desired design on aluminum sheets. One design can even be printed across multiple sheets to create wall-to-wall art. Hand painting metal sheets is also another way Toronto artists create large-scale wall art.

Aaluminum has the largest online selection of 4×8 aluminum sheets in Canada. From raw, anodized, colored, painted, and polished—we are sure to have the size and style of sheets you require.

Stucco Embossed Aluminum Sheets

Aaluminum is proud to offer the largest selection of aluminum sheets found online. This selection goes far beyond raw aluminum sheets, to a long list of colored aluminum sheets, anodized aluminum sheets, and even stucco embossed aluminum sheets.

What Are Stucco Embossed Aluminum Sheets?

A stucco embossed finish is designed to have superior durability, reduce glare and reflectivity, and also to give aluminum a decorative finish. It is also a finish that can stand up to the elements without dulling or other signs of wear or tear. Embossing rollers are used to imprint a variety of different patterns, so all you need to do is select the one that you like best. While silver is the most popular choice for stucco embossed, colored varieties are available.

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Cool Ways To Use Stucco Aluminum Sheets

We have a variety of aluminum sheets for sale, and our selection is always growing. When it comes to application for our stucco embossed sheets, the options are endless. A few ideas include:

  • Modern industrial flooring
  • Modern industrial interior and exterior siding
  • Modern industrial ceiling or roofing
  • Easy-clean elevator siding
  • Standout doors
  • Modern floorboards, panels, or truck bed
  • Kitchen backsplash

Endless Artistic Applications

While raw aluminum and anodized aluminum sheets have grown in popularity for arts and crafts, so have stucco sheets. Not every artist wants aluminum that needs to be self-imprinted, making these rolled sheets an excellent alternative. The sheets can be used as part of large installations, as a canvas, or can be cut down to a variety of shapes and sizes for endless artistic applications.

Another thing our clients love about stucco sheets, is that they are lightweight—with superior durability. We have multiple varieties of aluminum sheets for sale. If you aren’t sure which kind will work best for your upcoming project—just ask!