I left an aluminum carb too long in chem dip. Now its ashy. Is there anyway to reverse this? Something I can dip it in too stop whatever chemical reaction happened or is it a lost cause?
Berryman Chem-Dip Carburetor and Parts Cleaner (part #0996) is safe on for use on plastic, rubber, and most paints and metals, but it can react with some grades of aluminum and aluminum alloys. For that reason, we recommend on the container that soak times be limited to 15-30 minutes per dip with a total soak time not to exceed 4 hours for aluminum and aluminum-based parts.
Generally, when soaked too long aluminum will darken but may also develop white spots. What you’re seeing is caused by the surface formation of aluminum hydroxide and/or aluminum oxide and is not reversible. Typically, the carburetor simply looks different but will still continue to function normally once it thoroughly dries.