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Cleaning Anodized Aluminum Engraving

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After engraving on a sheet of Laser-it anodized aluminum, there's smoky film. I've tried various ways to clean it, but most of the time it scratches. Does anybody engrave and have a good solution? I've used tissues, techwipes, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.

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I just had a piece engraved.  The guy cleaned it with paper towel and rubbing alcohol.

Cal

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I mean I'm using tissue paper and such and it's scratching it. I don't know what to do. I usually run it a few times and use the one that doesn't happen to scratch.

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Would it be the same principal as plastic glasses that you never use a paper product to clean as it scratches,fogs then? Always use a soft cloth ?

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It may be. What's weird is I can't find a solution anywhere, even though it's the most commonly used product in engraving. I mean trophies and plaques etc. I may see about getting a microfiber cloth somewhere and see if that'll work to clean it after engraving.

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paper scratches scratches soft surfaces - it doesn't scratch glass as it is harder but softer materials it scratches

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