Does anyone have a 'trade secret' they'd like to share on
getting burnt moth stains out of the soft matt aluminium reflectors
used in large soft lights? [Similar finish to the normal Redhead
I've used methylated spirit (I’m not sure what it's
called in Nth. America - basically it is alcohol with an impurity
added to stop you drinking it ) which removes about 50% of
the brown mess. I can't sand or polish the aluminium as this
would ruin the rough finish.
Clive Woodward wrote:
>I've used methylated spirit…which
removes about 50% of the brown >mess. I can't sand or polish
the aluminium as this would ruin the rough >finish.
You might try Naptha / Lighter Fluid. It's a great solvent and works well
on metals without being too harsh. Just make sure it's dry before you
fire up the light.
ICG, New York
Here's a suggestion from left field : oven cleaner.
Since it's designed to remove baked on organic compounds I would think
it would do the job.
I would first test it on a small portion of the reflector to make sure
it doesn't etch the metal.
Randy "moths are food to something" Miller, DP in LA
Clive Woodward writes :
>I've used methylated spirit
(not sure what that's called in Nth America - >its basically
alcohol with an impurity added to stop you drinking it
Over here it's called "denatured alcohol ".
Crispy critters on reflectors are essentially baked-on carbon
-- really tough to remove. You could try very fine steel wool,
used wet. As for solvents, maybe try acetone or the stronger
methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK). Use both with extreme caution --
they're highly volatile and flammable -- potentially explosive.
Over here in the states you can get solvents distilled from
citrus peel -- they're essentially citrus turpentine. One
popular brand is Citra-Solv. You can also get similar stuff
in auto parts stores. This stuff isn't as volatile or toxic
as the petroleum distillates, it can be diluted with water,
detergents added and so forth, and it smells like oranges
-- but is not drinkable! One thing it does better than just
about any other solvent is take gooey or dried adhesive-tape
stickum, label adhesives, etc., off cables and other surfaces.
It cuts grease so well that, used undiluted, it'll take the
oils right our of your skin, so after using it it's a good
idea to lay on some hand lotion.
Marin County, CA
Dan Drasin writes :
>It cuts grease so well that,
used undiluted, it'll take the oils right our of >your skin,
so after using it it's a good idea to lay on some hand lotion.
I'll second this warning. Having used the orange based solvents, I was
naive enough to consider that the stuff was so full of orangey goodness
that it was bound to be skin friendly. Wrong! Even a small amount can
cause intense dryness and eruption of skin conditions. So while the stuff
is very good I would strongly recommend hand protection with either a
barrier cream or suitable gloves.