How to Clean and Polish Titanium

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-30
What You'll Need
Glass cleaner
Dry, clean cloth
Titanium or stainless-steel polish
Abrasive pad
Small cotton buff
Fine sandpaper

Titanium is a lightweight, strong metal with a sought-after luster. Commonly used to make products such as medical instrumentals, dental implants, electronics, titanium hammers, and jewelry, titanium can lose its shine after time. Luckily, you can restore this metal's brilliance by polishing it.

Step 1 – Use Glass Cleaner

Titanium becomes dirty through use. Therefore, before polishing, you should clear away any dirt and grime with a simple glass cleaner. Spray the surface liberally, and then wipe it dry in circular motions with a clean cloth.

Step 2 – Use a Polish

If the titanium is scratched or significantly dull, you should polish it. Purchase a polish made specifically for titanium, or use one for stainless steel. Oftentimes, you can find this polish in the automotive section of a big-box store. Follow the directions as specified on the product.

Using Homemade Polish

If you want to use a homemade polish, or you don’t want to purchase new polish, try using some white toothpaste and a fine, abrasive pad to clean your titanium. Be sure to not use the kind of toothpaste with gel in it. This kind of toothpaste won't work.

Using Sandpaper for Deeper Cleaning

For deeper cleaning, use a cloth or small cotton buff with your polish. If your titanium has deep scratches, you can use fine sandpaper, usually 400 or 600 grit, before polishing.