> SCOTCH BRITE or similar nylon scouring pads and water. Pads usually found at
> home improvement stores. Why mess with WD40, kerosene, etc that create a
> mess and then must be cleaned off. Use wet scouring pads. I keep a bucket of
> water to soak he pads. Rinse with water and wipe dry with paper towels or
> A nice clean dull non-reflective surfce. The antenna just became a bit more
> invisaible by not reflecting light.
Hey! I'm proud of all the effort and money that went into all that
Aluminum. I want that thing to shine like it was chrome plated and serve
as a navigation beacon.! <:-))
> BEEN THERE, DONE THAT on all my antennas.
> Another aid in the process; keep a beer handy, though do not wase it on the
> aluminum. And for the UK folks a substitute pint of bitters. Ah, yes, fond
> memories of plowman's lunches while traveling in UK.
> DO NOT do this process on the concrete patio or drive way.
Unfortunately on very large garage apron they'd never notice the
difference. It was poured on a hot day, they used too much water, and it
was over floated. Within a year the surface was spalling(sp?) badly. It
took 5 gallons of epoxy to bond the surface and probably another 5 to
make it smooth again. On top of that I have the apron at the shop to
redo as well. IF I was still working I'd just tear out the whole works
and have it redone, but a couple truck loads of concrete is a bit much
for my pension. <sigh>
> Arne N7KA
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "Artmouton" <email@example.com>
>> I am putting up a used Cushcraft A3S (with 4- meter kit) that was up for a
>> few years (local conditions in S. Louisiana with salt air and usual crud) do
>> that it has the usual tarnish, dirt, etc on the elements.
>> Local suggested cleaning it with steel wool and soap and water.
>> I intend to break each section down, clean it, open the traps, replace any
>> bad end caps, remeasure and re-construct.
>> Just wondering if there were any other suggestion from the group?
>> Art K5FNQ
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