How to Clean and Polish Titanium
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 dirty 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.