Maintenance Tips for Metal Nameplates

Metal Nameplates Maintenance

Different types of metal nameplates have different qualities that make them ideal for specific uses. The kind of metal that you choose to use for your metal nameplate will eventually dictate how long it will last, what conditions these can be used in and how you can help extend its lifespan with the help of the right maintenance. Some metals are actually impervious to damage, however if these are neglected and left alone without any care, some deterioration may be seen on them.

In order for you to effectively keep your metal plates useful, here are some metal plate material choices, what their qualities are and how to keep them in tip-top shape:

-      Aluminum – this is one of the most commonly used materials for metal nameplate creation and due to a number of really good reasons. For one, this material is the most abundant metal on the planet. Another good reason is that this metal is corrosion and tarnish resistant, making it ideal for a huge number of uses. 

This material is lightweight yet durable, so this is being used in military, aircraft, marine and other similar nameplate needs. To keep this particular material from deteriorating and from looking lackluster, remove grease and dirt on it with the use of a clean rag and warm water. 

Use a mild detergent on this metal if the grime or dirt seems rather difficult to remove. Buff off with a clean, soft piece of cloth. Make sure that the cloth is soft to prevent scratches from occurring. If discoloration is present on your aluminum nameplates, you can remove these stains with the use of a mixture of 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1 quart of warm water. 

-      Stainless Steel – this is another commonly used metal for nameplate crafting and is considered one of the best choices for use in caustic and acidic environments. This metal is resistant to corrosion, chemicals and heat, making it ideal for a huge number of applications. This metal is also dent and abrasion resistant, making it good for use outdoors, and in many industrial purposes. 

Keeping stainless steel clean and free of dirt will help keep it looking as good as new. To do this, you will need to remove any dirt, grime and grease with the use of warm water and a mild detergent.  Wipe off the moisture after cleaning with a dry, soft cloth, preferably cotton. To remove stains on this metal, use equal parts warm water and vinegar and wipe the stain off. Club soda can also be used to do this.