Oxidation on Aluminum Parts

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  1. spoolman

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    I'm in the process of restoring a Star Premo 4x5 camera and would like to kno what is the best way to remove the white powdery substance from the aluminum parts.

    Thanks,

    Doug:smile:
     
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    Doug,
    I usually do light cleaning with window cleaner that has a little vinegar in it.

    Found this link a few weeks back:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26262745@N08/3252244170/

    Looks like alka seltzer really works wonders. Not sure what the Pentacon/Contax metal is - looks like nickel-plated steel(?), but I suspect the alka seltzer would work as well with aluminium.
     
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    Thanks for the tip and the link Sethasaurus.

    Doug:smile:
     
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    Flitz metal polish is, in general, a good product for cleaning/restoring older metal parts and not damaging them.