When conducting MIL-STD-810, Method 509 salt Spray test many metals, but especially aluminum come out covered with slime. The slime usually dries to an easily removed powder. What is this slime? I was once told it was some sort of aluminum hydrate, I'm not sure I believe that.
The one time I did this test with aluminum that did not include galvanically dissimilar metals in contact with the aluminum, I don't recall any slime, but this test was a flat sheet treated with Hexavalent Chromium -- there was no corrosion at all.