[TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal

Jeff Stevens jeff at mossycup.com
Sun Jul 6 17:02:34 EDT 2008

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.  This 
> 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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