how to clean brushed aluminum faceplate?

what should i use? faceplate is silver brushed aluminum and there's some black gooey stuff on it, seems like it'd come off but i haven't had luck so far.. tried warm water and a rag, didnt really work... goo gone maybe? thanks in advance
Try rubbing alcohol, or Goof Off, or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Ignore any cleaning tips that appear in this thread and ask the manufacturer (of the brushed aluminum faceplate, not the black crap).
A well respected manufacturer told me they clean their gear w/Windex. I've been using Windex for 5+ yrs. & never had a problem & the gear always looks better.
IME, Windex is great for finger print type stains, but totally ineffective for dark gooey stuff. It just smears it around. Goof Off is amazing for these kind of problems. If you follow it with Windex your stain should be history.
I use Goo Gone. Probably the long lost brother of Goo Off. Got it at Loews.
Works like magic.
GOJO is my FIRST choice for almost all types of goo removal. Don't use the variety with pumice. It will definitely be abrasive.

Good luck
Goo Gone and Goof Off are definitely not interchangeable. Goo Gone is a citrus based cleaner, and Goof Off contains ethanol and Xylene (it smells like lighter fluid), so it *can* damage some finishes, although it takes off adhesives extremely well.

If your faceplate has a coating of some sort to protect the metal, Goof Off might harm it.

Raquel has a good suggestion to contact the manufacturer.
What Raquel said. (works for most any post too...lololool)
lighter fluid gets off goo
I agree, best to contact the mfgr; however, I've always had great results with Pledge. Most recently I had some lemon oil on a rag so I tried it and that's seemed to work even better than Pledge. Its kept the dust away for a very long time.
WD40 works well.
Some good idea's here.Since you need to know if it has a clear coat applied from the best contact them as R mentioned,good luck,B
If you have an anodized brushed aluminum panel, here is how to clean it:

Goof Off will not harm the panel, but the brushed quality may prevent you from having success. Anodizing is very hard and sharp- many materials will cling to its grooves. You need a get a 3M Scotchbright dishscrubbing pad, the kind that is either green (often found on the backside of 3M sponges) or maroon.

You treat the panel with the cleaner- Goof Off, Windex, alchohol, WD-40. Then you wipe the cleaner off with the pad, being careful to **follow the grain** that is brushed into the panel. **DO NOT** sand back and forth (if you get too aggressive you will eventually take the anodizing off too)- go in one direction, towards the closest edge of the panel that the grain is headed towards.

Anodized finishes are very hard, so your fingernails and skin can leave small 'scratches' in the surface. The same is true of metal tools- often you can lift scratches out by simply using the Scotchbright pad without any chemical cleaner so long as the pad is clean.

If a scratch penetrated to the aluminum underneath you are screwed. Do not use the Scotchbright over any silkscreen, unless the screen is anodized on.

This all comes from one of the country's leading anodizing houses which does work for the military as well as several very well-known high end audio manufacturers.
Hydrochloric acid will take the gunk right off!
Dont you mean to say soft?
Anodized finishes are very hard, so your fingernails and skin can leave small 'scratches' in the surface.
No, diamonds are one of the few materials harder than an anodized finish. When you brush your hand or fingernail against a brushed anodized surface, the ridges in the surfaces will remove skin or fingernail cells and material, leaving something that looks like a scratch, which is why I paraphrased the word 'scratch' as I am doing here. Of course its really a streak. This can happen with metal tools too.

Of course, if you break through the finish, the aluminum beneath is rather soft. I hope this clears this up.