I Buy Scrap Metal Recycling purchases all types of scrap aluminum. If you have any aluminum to sell, we pay top dollar for clean aluminum, extruded aluminum, aluminum solids, aluminum turnings,aluminum cans and dirty aluminum. I Buy Scrap guarantees the top prices of aluminum scrap in Phoenix and surrounding areas.
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Clean aluminum is classified as aluminum that does not have any other materials attached to it. Clean aluminum will not have any metal screws, plastic, wood, glass etc. It is vary rare for scrap aluminum to be clean unless it is coming from a machine shop or a factory. Typically aluminum that has been used in building will have screws in it, caulking or other materials attached to it.
Clean Extruded Aluminum
Clean extruded aluminum is the highest grade of aluminum found in a scrap metal yard. You can tell extruded aluminum by looking. The “fluting” or ridges on it characterize it. In order for extruded aluminum to be classified as clean it cannot be painted, or have any other materials attached to it.
Typical usages; window frames, doorframes, window screens
It is very common for aluminum to come anodized from the factory. Painted aluminum is a grade below clean aluminum. The best way to know if aluminum has been painted is the scuff the surface with a product such as sandpaper and see if the color beneath is the same as the exterior color.
Typical usages; Aluminum siding
Dirty Extruded Aluminum
Dirty extruded aluminum differs from clean extruded aluminum simply by having other materials attached to the extruded aluminum. The percentage of dirty extruded aluminum is calculated by looking at the amount of aluminum vs the amount of metal screws, caulking, glass etc that is attached to it. A basic rule of thumb is that the more impediments that are on the extruded aluminum the more downgraded it will be when you take it to the buyer.
Typical usages; window frames, doorframes, window screens
Aluminum solids are pieces of aluminum that are characterized by bars, or spherical shapes. They are considered aluminum solids because they are solid all of the way through the material. It is easy to spot aluminum solids just by looking at the end of the material.
Typical usages; Manufacturing
Aluminum Turnings are small fragments of aluminum caused from a solid piece of aluminum going through a metal lathe to create a new product during manufacturing. Aluminum turnings will either have oil residue, or have some other type of moisture on the turnings. This happens because when the product goes through the lathe it must be cooled by water or oil.
Be prepared to have a portion of the aluminum turnings deducted for water or oil moisture.
Typical usages;Tail ends from manufacturing
There are two easy ways to identify an aluminum cans vs a metal can. If you touch a magnet to a metal can it will stick, but it will not stick to an aluminum can. Second, metal cans are much heavier than aluminum cans.
Typical usages; Aluminum cans are widely used for both alcoholic beverages and non alcoholic beverages.
Fun Fact- 34 aluminum cans equals on pound
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Dirty Aluminum is very easy to pick out vs clean aluminum as it will have a lot of other material attached to the aluminum. The difference is that some scrap yards will give the dirty aluminum a percentage, i.e 70% . This numbers simply means that it is made up of 30% other materials other than aluminum.
Typical usages; bicycle wheels, crutches, mop handles, bicycle frames etc.
Aluminum Car Rims
Aluminum wheels differ from chrome wheels and are paid on a different pay scale from their shiny counterparts. Aluminum wheels typically have a dull finish to them. To get the highest value for your wheels always make sure to take the wheel weights off of them, and pull out the rubber stems.
Typical usage; automobile wheels, truck wheels and large bus wheels.
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Scrap Cast Aluminum
Cast aluminum is often hard to distinguish between die cast aluminum. The biggest difference is that cast aluminum is usually 97% aluminum with small traces of zinc or magnesium in it. when broken cast aluminum will have more of a “jagged” appearance to it. When scratched, cast aluminum will be harder than die cast aluminum.
Typical usages; engine parts like transmissions, motor fans etc.
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Die Cast Aluminum
Die cast aluminum differs from cast aluminum and is often very hard to distinguish to the untrained person. Die cast aluminum is made up of a variety of materials including, aluminum, zinc, magnesium and sometimes even traces of copper. Because there are so many materials used in die cast aluminum scrap metal yards have a tough time selling this product because it has to go through a rigid refining process.
Dirty Die Cast Aluminum
Dirty Die cast aluminum differs from clean die cast aluminum because it will have metal, plastic or other times attached to the die cast aluminum. Dirty Die cast aluminum is made up of a variety of materials including, plastic, metal, aluminum, zinc, magnesium and sometimes even traces of copper.
Typical usages; Decorative items
Yellow brass is composed of both copper and zinc. Brass varies in its type according to how much copper and zinc go into the end product. Typical yellow brass has approximately 60-70 copper and 30-40% zinc.
Yellow brass gets its designation simply by its “yellow” coloring. Yellow brass can be both dull and shiny in appearance.
Dirty Yellow Brass
Dirty yellow brass is any yellow brass that has other elements attached to the brass other than brass. For example, dirty yellow scrap brass will have plastic, metal, glue etc, on the brass.
Typical usages; Brass valves, water heater valves.
We are currently buying scrap Brass in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Chandler, Scottsdale and throughout the greater Phoenix areas.
Typical usages; keys, faucets, candle stick holders, drum symbols.
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Red brass is made up of tin, copper and zinc. It has a higher content of copper than yellow brass. Where yellow brass has approximately 60-70% copper content, red brass will have between 70-80% copper content.
Typical usages; Back Flow valves, water heater valves.