I use 3M's "Scotchbrite" pads. Less abrasive than sandpaper and easier on
the hands than steel wool.
I used a Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) substitute to "wet" the pad.
73 de Perry - K4PWO
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To: "Artmouton" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] cleaning aluminum beam elements
>I like to use fine 400 grade wet and dry paper with kerosene as a
> WD40 works well too
> Steel wool may leave pieces of steel embedded in the aluminum which will
> rust later
> Mark N1UK G3ZZM
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Artmouton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Sent: Feb 16, 2008 12:11 PM
>>Subject: [TowerTalk] cleaning aluminum beam elements
>>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)
>>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?
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