[TowerTalk] Aluminum tarnish removal

Larry WA9VRH wa9vrh at dishmail.net
Sun Jul 6 18:08:26 EDT 2008

Hi Tom,

Yes the SOS pads with the soap. I have found they work better than the plain 
steel wool as they residue washes off easier.
I would recomend giving them a try.  Worked good on a couple of TA-33's and 
the Heights towers.
73 Larry WA9VRH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Osborne" <w7why at verizon.net>
To: "Towertalk" <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 7:38 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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