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Removing lettering on anodized aluminum?

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Does anyone know how I can safely removing the letters on my backplate? I also want to do this on the Silverstone lettering on my TJ07..

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You could try paint thinner or acetone, either of those might work and wont hurt the anodizing.
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The letters aren't metal printed right?
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I'd try to see if you can get a small container of Denatured Alcohol.

I work with anodized parts every once in a while at work and alcohol takes dried ink marking off really cleanly. Keep in mind it all depends on what they used.

If alcohol doesn't work I would suggest things like Methyl Ethyl Ketone. You just gotta be careful with that stuff as it may attack anodize. If alcohol doesn't work I would try the MEK, just make sure to spot check for color fastness on the inside surface where it would not be noticeable. If it doesn't attack it should take the lettering off real quick.

You can pick up either at your local hardware store. At least my local hardware store has them. Lol.
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The letters aren't metal printed right?
They don't seem to be metal. More like some type of paint

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You could try paint thinner or acetone, either of those might work and wont hurt the anodizing.
I tried acetone. Waited like 30 seconds and wiped it off. Nothing happened. I could try paint thinner but does it use the same methods of acetone?

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I'd try to see if you can get a small container of Denatured Alcohol.

I work with anodized parts every once in a while at work and alcohol takes dried ink marking off really cleanly. Keep in mind it all depends on what they used.

If alcohol doesn't work I would suggest things like Methyl Ethyl Ketone. You just gotta be careful with that stuff as it may attack anodize. If alcohol doesn't work I would try the MEK, just make sure to spot check for color fastness on the inside surface where it would not be noticeable. If it doesn't attack it should take the lettering off real quick.

You can pick up either at your local hardware store. At least my local hardware store has them. Lol.
I'll give this a try is none of the stuff I have at home works.
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They don't seem to be metal. More like some type of paint


I tried acetone. Waited like 30 seconds and wiped it off. Nothing happened. I could try paint thinner but does it use the same methods of acetone?


I'll give this a try is none of the stuff I have at home works.
This member claims to have gotten the lettering off with just acetone. I know from experience at work that sometimes weak a$$ acetone won't cut it. Pun intended.
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This member claims to have gotten the lettering off with just acetone. I know from experience at work that sometimes weak a$$ acetone won't cut it. Pun intended.
Thanks for the link. I guess my acetone (nail polish remover) was too weak or i didn't wait long enough
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I will have to recommend goof off, its a citrus based product that will do the job admirably. (im a general contractor, and I use it all the time, for everything)
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Maybe use some high purity acetone and a wire brush and just gently go over just the letters. It might make it look nasty.
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Thanks for the link. I guess my acetone (nail polish remover) was too weak or i didn't wait long enough
Yeah nail polish remover is crap compared to good ol fashion acetone.
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