Cleaning Reflectors

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  1. Pugsly

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    Hi guys - I have notices that over time my aluminium tube reflectors build up almost like a rusty bits here and there - how can one clean then up again? What can you use for it? Or does one just go buy new ones?
     
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    Make a thick paste of baking soda...apply and rub wiyth a damp cloth (old boereraat) ;)
     
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    Thanks Frans!!!!:)
    I take it it is the normal "KOEKSODA" is it not abrasive? It won't scratch the reflector will it?:whistling:
     
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    Yip normal koeksoda....leave it on for a while first my rust was minimal so i didnt have to scrub, they basically dissolved.

    If you scared maybe test on the back of the reflector first...just be careful left to long it will attack alluminum .

    i have also heard of using vinigar / lemon juice concentrate or petrolium jelly which has ben left on the rust for 24 hours

    O Yes and Coke
     
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    coke is far better to drink that use on that (I am a bit of a coke-a-holic!!!!!:lol:)

    Will give it a bash. Mine to is not that bad - spots of it here and there - just thought that while I am busy upgading the lights and installing the T5's I would give them a good clean while the hood is off.

    So I will leave the baking soda on for about 20 minutes, have a :peroni: and give it a wipe and good rinse then.

    Thabnks again frans
     
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    wouldent vinegar work? or would it diminish the polished finish?
     
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    leslie not sure about vinigar...I was just qouting boererate i was told by mother, aunt, grandma etc

    Ive only tried the baking soda
     
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    Not sure - going to give the baking soda a try - worked for Frans without any ill affectes!
     
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    Pugsly, as i said ...just a word of caution. Bicarb could damage your reflectors shiney surface...20 mins in my opinion is a bit long.

    My reflectors are made from 2 mm alluminum (not the store bought stuff),this has a "thicker" layer of reflectiveness , for safety sake just test on the back first....maybe test all the 'boererate" on the back & report back on the effects.

    I'm sure we are not the only ones who has this problem.

    from my days in the steel game i was told by a guy who was a sales manager for a non ferrous metals co, the reason why this happens is when you drill, scratch, sand etc stuff like alluminium & stainles with something that has been in contact with ferrous metals (steel) microscopic pieces are embedded which then starts to rust and transfers the rust to the other parts. I do believe this ...go look at your allu sliding ddor where the screws sit normally there's some rust, this is due to the fact that the hole was drilled with a ferrous metal bit.

    My 2C....just test before hand, dont want you to come break my looonngggg lights ;)
     
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    FransSny excellent advice, i will surely try the baking soda...
     
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    thanks frans - will give it a try and leave it on maybe 5 min and wipe then on the back to start with. Will give vinigar a try on the back too and report back on monday.
     
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    FransSny...Excellent advice, i tried and it worked like a bomb...shot boet...:thumbup:
     
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    Oh well if you cleaned your reflectors regularly like you would your new Harley Davidson this question would not rack our brains.:whistling::razz:
     
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    full of confidence hey NEMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It takes 3 people to help me lift and remove my hood off my tank to that I can clean then which is done monthly! - and yes they are cleaned regulary, and yes it does still happen! ass
     
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    Glad it worked
     
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    yes it works like a bomb frans!!! You are a star!
     
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