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From: CEBIK@utkvx.utk.edu
Date: Sat Feb 11 1995 - 10:05:54 EST


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Bob,

Thanks for the kind remarks. Actually, I wash and do the initial
surfacing using SOS or Brillo pad. Soap cleans of almost anything, and
the scratching gets the rest. THen, I use "00" to "0000" steel wool to
refine the finish, remove any "Brillo burrs," and set up the panel for
painting. Use a blast of air or a fine clean brush/soft rag to remove
the dust. (I never use a tack cloth on metal--they can leave a residue.)

I tend to prefer fine steel wool to emory cloth, since the soft pad evens
out my very uneven hand pressures and gets into tight corners pretty well.
But that is a matter of personal preference based on too many years of learning stuff the hard way. I
have made panels from 20-gauge flashing aluminun (double thickness), and
it has responded well to the steel wool treatment. So aluminum box
thickness should also do well. I have also successfully used it to
scratch prepainted cheap steel cases before repainting to my shack's
standard home brew = light blue panel, black case/shell motif.

Hope some of this is useful.

-73-
LB, W4RNL

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