What is the difference between the Paste (tube) and the Liquid (bottle)?
Besides consistency, the paste has the most concentration of cleaning power. The paste also has an added ingredient for longer lasting protection. This protection will keep your shine the longest.
The liquid is not as concentrated as the paste, but will give you comparable polishing results on most surfaces. The protection will not last as long as the paste, but it will last longer than most other liquids on the market today. The liquid polishes cover more area for less money, so they are the best choice for large areas like boats or RVs, and areas that you must maintain on a more regular basis, like brass rails or sinks. Many people find the liquids easier to work with because of the spread-ablility.
What types of surfaces can I use Flitz on?
The list is endless. Flitz is non-toxic, non-acidic, and non-abrasive, which makes it very safe to use as a strong, effective cleaner on just about any solid surface. This includes all metals, from your best gold and silver to the aluminum and chrome on your car or motorcycle. Other solid surfaces include Fiberglass, Acrylic, Tile, Marble, Granite, Ceramic, Corian, Plexiglas, Eisenglass, and smooth vinyl. Flitz is also great on hard laminates like Formica.
What if the Flitz makes no difference?
This can happen for a few reasons. The corrosion may be too heavy (like heavy green corrosion or heavy rust) and it would need to be stripped with an abrasive to get down to good metal. Flitz has no acids or abrasives (this makes it extremely safe to use on hundreds of surfaces without damage).
If you are trying to clean brass or copper, then you need to consider whether the piece has ever been lacquered. Most brass and many copper pieces are lacquer-coated during production because these metals are quick to tarnish. This lacquer or clear-coat finish can break down over time and the small holes and cracks that develop allow moisture and air to get through to the metal, which produces the tarnish. Flitz has no acids, so it cannot remove the lacquer. The lacquer must be removed with a stripper and then the metal is ready to polish. You should only strip the lacquer if the piece is solid brass or copper (or whatever metal it is). If the item is only plated, then a stripper will remove the plating along with the lacquer, and you will have nothing left to polish.
How can I tell if the item is only Plated?
Using a magnet, you can tell whether an item is solid brass or copper. Brass and copper are not magnetic, so the magnet will not stick. If the magnet sticks, then there is another base metal underneath. Silver pieces usually have a stamp on them indicating whether they are silverplate or not. Solid gold usually is stamped with the karat value of the solid gold. Many times you can just make an educated guess based on the amount you paid for the item.
Can Flitz be used on Plated Items?
We don't recommend it on soft metals like brass, copper or gold plating. Most older silverplate is okay, but we recommend that you try to polish the piece in an inconspicuous spot to test. DO NOT use Flitz, or any polish, on any plated item unless the manufacturer specifically recommends it. Flitz is not dangerous to use on any metal, but the actual polishing is what rubs the plating off. Chrome plating is different and quite thick. Flitz is safe on Chrome.
Can I use Flitz on Plastics?
Flitz Polish works great on most plastics. It will remove oxidation, graffiti, stains and minor scuffs from Plexiglass, Lucite, Acrylics, Vinyl windows (like in convertible roofs), and many other plastics. We recommend that you test the Flitz polish in a small, hidden area to be sure.
How can I clean up my dull headlights?
You mention countertops, appliances, and serving pieces; Is Flitz safe to use on surfaces in contact with food?
Yes, Flitz Polish is completely non-toxic. It has USDA approval to use on surfaces in a food preparation area. Flitz can be safely used on serving pieces, such as silverware, without any danger. After polishing, just wash the piece in warm soapy water and dry off as usual. The Flitz will not leave any flavor or smell behind.
Can Flitz be used on Gun Bluing?
As long as the gun has been blued during manufacturing, or hot-blued. This type of bluing is actually made part of the metal. Flitz will clean and protect the barrel inside and out without any oily film or danger to the inside of the barrel.
If the gun has been cold-blued, then the bluing has been painted on. Flitz will treat this like graffiti and clean it off of the surface of the barrel. Check with a qualified gunsmith to be sure.
Any tips for polishing aluminum?
Aluminum is a softer metal and it will release a large amount of oxidation when polishing. It's important not to overuse Flitz. Apply enough Flitz to just cover the surface of a small area, and buff with a paper towel for maximum absorbency. Then do a final buff with a soft cloth. Doing your initial buffing with a paper product will help to absorb all of that excess oxidation faster.
What about tips for polishing Diamond Plate?
Apply Flitz with a rag (only about one square foot at a time). Buff off with an old towel that has a thick pile (paper towels would just get torn up). BETTER YET, do your initial buff with an old piece of carpeting that has a good nap. You can staple it to a piece of 2x4 to make it easy to grip. This will allow you to polish deep into the grooves of diamond plate. Then follow with a buff with an old towel. Best Solution - use Flitz Polishing and Buffing Ball. It is an excellent choice for polishing diamond plate metals. It can be very difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies, and the that's where the Polishing Ball really "Shines!"
How often should Fiberglass be maintained?
Fiberglass should be maintained on a regular basis. So just how regular is regular? In order to answer that question we have to ask what kind of exposure to the elements the vehicle receives. If the vehicle is kept dry and inside a garage away from the elements, then exposure is minimal and the fiberglass can be maintained about every 6 months or so with great results. However, if the vehicle is kept out in the elements under constant exposure, then regular maintenance should be done every 3 months without fail. Without regular care and maintenance, fiberglass will begin to show signs of oxidizing in 4 to 12 months.
Choose products suitable for fiberglass, like Flitz Metal Polish, Fiberglass & Paint Restorer and Flitz Wax with UV Protectant. Regardless of the product you select, be sure to follow the application instructions to ensure that you get the best results and all the benefits that the product has to offer. Be sure to apply the products using the regular intervals suggested above. For larger vehicles you may decide to develop an application schedule. This will help reduce the amount of effort spent caring for the vehicle at any one time. Mentally divide the vehicle into three workable areas. In the case of a motorhome, this would be: 1) the driver side, 2) the passenger side, 3) the front and back ends, or caps. Treat the whole vehicle to begin the process. Next month select the side of the vehicle that receives the most sun and exposure to the elements. This will be side one and will be the first side treated during each cycle. In the second month treat the area of the vehicle selected as side 2 and follow with side three one month later. In this manner your fiberglass vehicle will be cared for once every three months with a minimal amount of effort. In between regular treatments each month, you may want to check areas of the vehicle that are exposed to contaminants from the road or moisture in the air. These would be areas like lower parts of a motorhome that are close to the road. You may also want to check the front cap. On a boat these would be areas that are horizontal on the topside and vertical areas close to the water line.
What can I use on Plated or Lacquered surfaces?
Our Flitz Waxx is recommended on any plated items and any lacquer-coated items. This high-quality wax is designed as a natural, hard-surface protector and it is perfect for these types of delicate surfaces. It will also keep lacquer from breaking down and letting the metal tarnish underneath, saving you the trouble of stripping the piece later. (The wax even keeps less-expensive pieces looking new longer.)
What can I use on Brushed Stainless Steel?
Polishes or dressings for stainless steel can be difficult to use and leave the surface with funny streaks or an oily film. Flitz has a new Stainless Steel & Chrome Cleaner spray designed as a cleaner and maintenance for these surfaces. This spray has a degreaser which makes it great for appliances, grills, and car chrome surfaces which need a good cleaning, but don't get very oxidized. (If you have a stainless steel or chrome surface which is showing cloudy oxidation or surface rust, use the Flitz Polish first to remove the oxidation.)
The spray is easy to use and it will leave the surface clean without any oily film to attract dust and fingerprints.