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Author Topic: Cleaning up aluminum, How??  (Read 570 times)
N4XC
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« on: July 08, 2002, 11:22:16 AM »

Hi,

I'm reconditioning a Sommer XP-807 and wondered if anyone has had good results with any of the commercially available aluminum cleaners or has any suggestions as to the best route to go???  It's not all that bad, but I would like to get in bright and shinny if possible. I suppose steel wool or fine emery would work, but this is a big monster!  Also, after it's cleaned, what's the concensus on maybe spaying with a light coat of something like Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic?? Think it would hurt anything???

Thanks for any suggestions,

73, Dave, N4XC
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2002, 12:46:34 PM »

I use "Naval Jelly," which is a pink-colored, jelly-like material used to remove oxidation from aluminum.  (Available at all marine supply stores.)  Follow the directions, and don't use it on the grass, unless you want a dead lawn!

Also, remember only the electrical connections and contact surfaces actually need to be clean...oxidation on non-contact surfaces doesn't really have any effect on antenna performance -- at least none I could ever find.

Good DXing with the "new" antenna!

Steve, WB2WIK/6



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N2MG
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2002, 04:05:02 PM »

Puhlease, no steel wool. It'll leave steel dust everywhere - a great rust maker.

Try ScotchBrites for a similar cleaning capability - but don't waste your time on anything but the electrical joints unless you have areas that are really ugly (even I clean up old rust stains!).  Scouring off the white powdery stuff will not help your antenna work any better, and it'll just come back anyway.
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KG4JYE
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2002, 03:04:14 PM »

Toothpaste
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W7ARX
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2002, 08:26:26 AM »

In the past, I have used Brillo Pads.  Rubs and srcubs off the old finish and leaves it shiny.  
Doesn't really hurt the aluminum and provides a good electrical bonding surface afterwards.

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