Remove Anodizing

Many car parts are anodized to form a protective coating. The anodizing may be any color, and a lot of people prefer the look of bare metal. Anodizing can be difficult to remove without etching the bare metal or turning it black. Some chemicals that can do the job may be dangerous to use, and are better left to experts. Those who choose to remove anodizing themselves can choose a safer method.


1. Clean your anodized part with denatured alcohol. Hang the part with a straightened paper clip in a plastic container that can be disposed of. Make sure the part isn’t touching the bottom of the container and cover the part with Greased Lightning cleaner.

2. Attach a binder clip to attach the paper clip to the container. Keep the part in the Greased Lightning for 3 to ten minutes, checking the part often to make sure it doesn’t turn black. Rinse completely with water. Clean black areas with a Scotch Brite pad.

3. Scrub the anodized part with a toothbrush and dish soap. Place the part in a glass oven dish, in the sink. Open windows and turn on exhaust fans.

4. Spray Easy Off Heavy Duty Original Oven Cleaner on the part. Let it sit for 3 minutes, then rinse with water and scrub with a toothbrush. Repeat if necessary.

5. Polish the part if desired to add shine.

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