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Old 03-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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A few months back someone gave me a bunch of these aluminum bottles,

and I held on to them in case I got a bench capper. Well, I got a bench capper today, and I have a lawnmower beer that I plan on bringing camping, to the beach, etc. where it would be great to have it in the aluminum bottles.

Now, I know this is possible, and I've tried reading all the threads about doing it, but I have not seen any information on cleaning them, or de-labelling them. A few people seemed to sandblast them or use sandpaper, etc. to clean them. Some people mentioned using double-strength Star-San, but no one said if it had worked or if they actually tried it.

Also, since they are aluminum, and have a protective plastic coating inside them, can I clean them as normal (hour hot Oxyclean soak)? I obviously wouldn't use a bottle brush on them, but are you people who have used them cleaning them any differently than glass?

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I just thought I'd update this. I tried a 2.5x strength StarSan soak for several days. It didn't do anything. I also tried soaking them for several days in paint stripper (mineral spirits), and they show no sign of coming off. I successfully tried sandpapering them with a little handheld power sander, but it took 5 minutes for one bottle, and I wasn't completely done. Anyone else have any ideas?

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Just a crappy idea, but can you rough them up with some sandpaper and then rattle can them?

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Why bother I think they look kind of cool

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What do you mean by rattle canning them?

I just like all my bottles to be free of labels, except the ones I put on. For me it's just another way to enjoy the hobby.

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What do you mean by rattle canning them?
I think he is saying you could spray paint the bottles. That way you could have them all one color, and put your labels on over that if you wanted to.
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I think he is saying you could spray paint the bottles. That way you could have them all one color, and put your labels on over that if you wanted to.
Ahhhh. I was thinking he meant something like a rock tumbler. Painting them is a good idea. I wonder how well the paint will hold.
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I would think it should hold well, as long as the bottles are sanded lightly before you paint them.

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Is there really plastic inside? I have seen aluminum kegs and there is no liner. I wonder why it's used in bottles. 5 star recommends ACID # 6 for cleaning aluminum.

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Is there really plastic inside? I have seen aluminum kegs and there is no liner. I wonder why it's used in bottles. 5 star recommends ACID # 6 for cleaning aluminum.
Yes, or at least there should be. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverage_can#section_1 It's possible it is in kegs and you just don't notice it? I don't know, I'm no expert in aluminum containers.

I decided to paint them. When I sanded them after the paint thinner soak, it did seem to sand easier. It would still be a pain to sand them all the way, but it makes me think they are coated on the outside with some clear coat. Regardless, I had already made up my mind to paint them, since I didn't want to have to soak all of them. I found some silver Rustoleum spray paint and it looks really good. I'll finish the rest and fill them in the next few days and update. I'll update again after I've washed them too, when I feel the paint will stay or not. Thanks for the help and guidance everyone!
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