[TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal

sabrams at nycap.rr.com sabrams at nycap.rr.com
Sun Jul 6 17:22:28 EDT 2008

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" <jeff at mossycup.com>
To: "Larry WA9VRH" <wa9vrh at dishmail.net>
Cc: "James C. Hall, MD" <heartdoc at nwtcc.com>; "'TowerTalk List'" 
<towertalk at contesting.com>
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.
> -Jeff
> 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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