I just use plain old steel wool dry without the soap. Wipe with a rag.
Never a problem. Then a thin coat of noalox--I put it on a rag and then
wipe the element ends that telescope. GL 73 Saul K2XA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Stevens" <email@example.com>
To: "Larry WA9VRH" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "James C. Hall, MD" <email@example.com>; "'TowerTalk List'"
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:02 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal
> I'll second the SOS pads. I know folks have raised concerns about
> leaving pieces of steel behind but it just doesn't happen in my
> experience. Even old heavily oxidized pieces clean up very quickly.
> Rinse well and call it a day.
> As an experiment recently, I tried a spray cleaner intended for aluminum
> alloy wheels. It's a product available at most any auto parts store.
> It contains some pretty harsh stuff: hydrofluoric acid, sulfuric acid,
> etc. SOS pads are easier and provide better results.
> On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 18:38 -0500, Larry WA9VRH wrote:
>> Hi Jamie,
>> I have had good luck with S.O.S. steel wool soap pads. I know people get
>> freaked out about the steel part but I never found that to be an issue.
>> Cleaned up a couple of TA-33's and also a 40' Heights Aluminum towers.
>> was a real mistake but once I started I had to finish as it looked so
>> good I
>> had no choice!
>> 73 Larry WA9VRH
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