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How To Clean Tarnished Metal

Many metals are affected by a type of corrosion known as tarnish; some homeowners like the antique look that this gives their items, whereas others find it unattractive. If you fall into the latter category, you may be looking for ways that you can remove this tarnish without damaging the metal underneath. The only way to do this is with some specialty polishing products and these simple steps:metal

Step 1: Put on a pair of vinyl or nitrile gloves. These will protect your hands from the harmful chemicals that you may be working with, as well as protect the metal from the dirt and oils on your skin.

Step 2: Take the metal item and lay it onto a foam pad or a bundle of folded towels to protect it from scratches as you clean it. You can then use a soft cloth to remove any loose dust from the item’s surface. For more caked on dirt, dampen a cloth, apply a twenty-cent piece sized drop of mild soap onto it and wipe the metal clean. Rinse the item thoroughly and dry before continuing.

Step 3: Take a microfiber polishing cloth that you have applied a little of the polish to and use it to gently rub at the item. Whenever you notice the cloth discolouring from the tarnish, switch to a clean area. Once all of the tarnish has been removed, you can buff the metal with a clean polishing cloth.

It is always recommended that you use a polish that has been specifically manufactured for the type of metal that you are hoping to clean. If you do not know what type of metal it is, however, a general all-purpose polish should be fine. If you cannot find a microfiber cloth, an old t-shirt should do the trick.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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How To Properly Bend Sheet Aluminium

Many of the industries that utilize sheet aluminium in the production of their products have to bend and mould it into their desired shape; this process, whilst appearing to be difficult, is actually fairly simple once you know what you’re doing. If you are required to bend sheet aluminium for a personal or commercial project, you can follow the handy directions below:

Step 1: Securely clamp the sheet aluminium onto a workbench or other solid surface. If the metal is not secure, it will slide around whilst you are trying to cut it and could cause a serious accident.

Step 2: Place a straight edge on the area of the sheet aluminium that you want to fold, using a permanent marker to make a dot at each end of the straight edge (where it meets the metal). This will ensure that the line you fold is straight.

Step 3: Holding the straight edge down onto the sheet aluminium as securely as you can, take a razor blade and run it lightly along its length. Make sure that you do not cut all the way through the sheet; just enough to make a superficial abrasion that you can use as a folding guide.

Step 4: Take the sheet aluminium out of the clamp, holding it tightly at opposite ends. Slowly begin to bend the ends of the sheet towards one another, allowing the small abrasion that you made with the razor blade to give way (and to become the crease of the fold).

Continue to put pressure on the ends of the sheet aluminium until you have bent it to your desired angle. Remember to always wear gloves when undertaking this process, as the edge of the sheet is known to be quite sharp and can easily cut through skin.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Tips For Making Money With Scrap Metal

These days, the scrap metal industry is a highly lucrative one with many opportunities for everyday people to make a little extra cash simply by getting rid of their old junk. If this is something that you are interested in getting involved in, the following tips may help you make some extra money:

  • Most people hold garage sales on a Saturday morning and, by mid afternoon, anything that hasn’t sold is often tossed to the curb. You could do a drive-by to see whether anything of possible scrap value has been tossed out that you can salvage.
  • Remove any copper from the scrap metal that you collect, as it is worth more (especially when deposited in one go). This means cutting off the power cords from any appliances and electronics, as well as removing the copper coils and tubing from them.
  • Do some research online and at your local scrap metal dealer to determine how much each metal is worth at a given time – the prices can change from day to day, so it is always best to hold onto your scrap until you can get a good price for it.
  • Become familiar with the rubbish days in your local area, including the days when hard rubbish collections are scheduled. The night (and, in the case of hard rubbish, the week) before collection is often a great time to salvage some of the scrap metal your neighbours are throwing out.

Another way that you can be sure to collect a considerable amount of scrap metal for selling to a dealer is to let your friends and family know that you are collecting old appliances and other metal objects. Most of the time, people cannot be bothered to haul these things away themselves, so they will be grateful of you taking them off their hands.

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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