NALTIC Industrials, LLC

Oakite® Aluminum Cleaner 164

A Product of Chemetall US In.
Inhibited alkaline compound for cleaning aluminum by tank immersion

Available Size: 44 lb [50559341 ] 450 lb [50559332 ]

Primary Application

Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 is an inhibited alkaline compound containing silicates. It is for heavy duty tank cleaning of aluminum castings, forgings, extrusions, etc., and for cleaning aluminum sheet prior to anodizing, deoxidizing, and prepaint treatments.

Besides aluminum, the detergent can be used for cleaning steel, stainless steel, copper, zinc, brass and aluminum. The specially formulated material removes a variety of identification inks as well as shop soils like grease and oil. It is also used for cleaning aluminum equipment in food plants, oil refineries, chemical plants, and other industries. With controlled foaming, Aluminum Cleaner 164 is suitable for use in air agitated tanks. It rinses freely.

Process Technology Tank Heater Pricing

Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 is also authorized by the USDA for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants.



Chemical composition blend of alkaline salts (including silicates) and surfactants
Physical form as received: white powder as used: milky solution
Odor Mild
Bulk density 1,050 g/L
Hygroscopic tendency Slight
Foaming tendency slight when circulated; high when sprayed
Recommended diluent Water
Maximum solubility 30 g/L at 21 °C; 180 g/L at 82 °C (4 oz/gal at 70 °F; 24 oz/gal at 180 °F)
behavior in hard water Sequesters
Rinsability Good
Normal working temperature 49° to 82 °C (120° to 180 °F)
Normal working concentrations 45 to 75 g/L (6 to 10 oz/gal) of water
Biodegradable surfactants No
Phosphorous-free No
Regular working concentrations 2 to 10% by volume
Regular working temperatures 120 to 180 °F (49 to 82 °C)
Effects of prolonged boiling None
pH at working concentrations 11.5 to 12.5 at 21 °C (70 °F)

Effect of working solutions on metal

Rate of  metal loss from one-hour immersion in Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164, at 60g/L (8 oz/gal), 82 °C (180 °F), projected for one year is as follows:

Metal (alloy)



Aluminum (1100) 0.00 0.00
Aluminum (2024) 0.00 0.00
Steel 0.00 0.00
Stainless steel 0.00 0.00
Magnesium 0.00 0.00
Brass 0.03 0.001
Zinc 0.03 0.001
Copper 0.05 0.002
Approvals: Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 is approved for use as an alkaline cleaner for :  Lockheed Martin – Aluminum alloys (LMC32-2089B) high temp., powder form aluminum & magnesium alloys (STM32-301C & G32.02) and aluminum (G32.0104)   General Electric – Aluminum (D4Y21) Boeing – Alkaline cleaning (BAC 5749) and phosphate on ferrous, zinc, cadmium surfaces (BAC 5810) Airbus UK – ABP 8-1290 Airbus – AIPI 09-01-003 Bell Helicopter – Materials Bulletin N°1002L Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – ARP 1755 McDonnell Douglas – DPM Gulfstream – GAMPS 4105 Application Procedure: Add the total required quantity of Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 to half the volume of water, cold, while stirring and heat to about 82 °C (180 °F). Then, add the remaining half of water and adjust solution to operating temperature. Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 is normally used at a 45 to 75 g/L (6 to 10 oz/gal) of water and in the temperature range of 49° to 82 °C (120° to 180 °F). It may be used in air-agitated tanks without foaming excessively. Solution Control: Concentrations are titrated using Gardotest Procedure 92 or Gardotest Procedure 123. For concentrations use Gardotest Procedure 92. Sample Size:   25 mls                                        Factor: 1.0 For free or total alkali use Gardotest Procedure 123. (See Procedure) Equipment: The Chemetall Oakite Electrodeless Conductivity/Concentration Control System and Chemical Metering Pump can be used to monitor and automatically maintain the concentration of this product using conductivity. Please contact the Chemetall Oakite Process Equipment and Engineering Department for specific recommendations. Safety and Handling: Prior to handling and use of Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 the Material Safety Data Sheet should be read and understood by all personnel in contact with the product. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN Disposal: Any disposal of Oakite Aluminum Cleaner 164 should be in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations. The process solution can contain components other than those present in the product as supplied. Analysis of the process solution may be required prior to disposal. Storage: Indoor storage at temperatures between 40 °F and 100 °F is recommended. All containers should be tightly closed when not in use.  SUGGESTION OF OTHER PRODUCTS YOUR COMPANY MAY USE  • CLEANERS • ETCHANTS • DEOXIDIZERS • RUST PREVENTIVES • METALWORKING FLUIDS (coolants and lubricants) • WASTE WATER TREATMENT CHEMICALS • FLOOR CLEANERS AND MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS • PROCESS EQUIPMENT/CONTROL SYSTEMS DISTRIBUTED BY NALTIC INDUSTRIALS AN AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE USA Chemetall US, Inc. (“Chemetall”) warrants that products described within its official technical papers will conform with its published specifications. The products supplied by Chemetall and information related to them are intended for use by buyers having necessary industrial skill and knowledge. Buyers should undertake sufficient verification and testing to determine the suitability of the Chemetall materials for their own purpose. Since buyer’s conditions of use of products are beyond Chemetall’s control, Chemetall does not warrant any recommendations and information for the use of such products.


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