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Steven Pearson





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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr, 2019 1:55 pm    Post subject: Aluminum chain care and cleaning         Reply with quote

I just bought this from Battlemerchant and honestly for a cheapish replica of a chain coif its really pretty awesome looking. Only question I have is the Aluminum care. I realize it does not rust but it does oxidize. Any ideas how to clean\preserve it? It has a few white spot areas and I think that is oxidation.

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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Aluminium is highly reactive. You need that coating of oxide on the surface to protect it.
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Steven Pearson





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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr, 2019 3:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So I don't need to do anything with it care-wise other than clean once in a great while?

I have read that about the oxide but if the entire thing becomes white I don't think I will like the look. Never had aluminum armor before so no idea how to care for it but I did notice it didn't appear oil treated when it arrived like others usually are.

It's only for costume\display purposes though as aluminum isn't that strong compared to steel i don't believe.
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Harry Marinakis




PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr, 2019 3:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oil it.

Then all of your clothing gets that authentic, dirty, oily look that comes with wearing real mail.
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Steven Pearson





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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr, 2019 6:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Harry Marinakis wrote:
Oil it.

Then all of your clothing gets that authentic, dirty, oily look that comes with wearing real mail.


Ha ok good idea, chicks dig it.
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