[TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal

Bob Maser bmaser at tampabay.rr.com
Sun Jul 6 17:50:14 EDT 2008

Bronze wool works great.  Also, they sell a pad that's green on one side and 
black on the other, kind of like a brillo pad but w/o the soap.  Why worry 
about making the elements shiny?  The last thing you want to do is draw 
attention to the antenna.  Just clean the element joint areas and leave the 
rest au natural.

Bob  W6TR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Osborne" <w7why at verizon.net>
To: "Towertalk" <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:38 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal

> Hi Jeff et al
> Are you guys talking about SOS pads or steel wool?  SOS pads have a lot of
> soap in them that gets into everything.  Steel wool has no soap.  I have
> used steel wool here bofore and it works great.  73
> Tom W7WHY
>> 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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