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Old 1st May 2024, 4:39 pm   #1
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Hi. Just thought that I would add this solution to those that clean cabinets. I tried using a tub of Pink cleaning solution to my Bush VHF80 and to my Radio Rentals model 216 cabinets. What a difference it makes, the amount of that awful Nictotine that ended up on a cloth!
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Old 1st May 2024, 6:05 pm   #2
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Be careful though, that stuff is mildly abrasive.
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Old 1st May 2024, 7:11 pm   #3
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Very effective when cleaning the aluminium parts on an old outside broadcast vehicle such as MCR21. A bit like the stuff that was in brillo pads.

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I've used it successfully to remove 70 years of tarnish and oxidisation from the silver-plated push-on IFT-can covers on the likes of AR88 receivers, and to clean up the aluminium screening-covers on the RF side of a WWII-era BC348.

Works just as well as that old go-to, "Duraglit" wadding [whatever happened to that?]
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Could the pink stuff be mildly alkaline? If so, probably best to clean off all traces when done? I've never used it.
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Could the pink stuff be mildly alkaline? If so, probably best to clean off all traces when done? I've never used it.
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'Pink cleaning paste', is that what I used to know of as 'Chemico'?

I've not seen it for sale for a long time.

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Could the pink stuff be mildly alkaline? If so, probably best to clean off all traces when done? I've never used it.
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Seems that it does contain "soap", and soaps tend to be alkaline to some degree.

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I've not seen it for sale for a long time.
B&M and Savers sell it, amongst others.
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I've not seen it for sale for a long time.
B&M and Savers sell it, amongst others.

What does "B&M" stand for, please?
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Old 2nd May 2024, 6:37 pm   #11
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"Founded in Lancashire in 1978, B&M stands for Billington & Mayman - the name given to the business by founder Malcolm Billington".

I don't think I've seen a branch, but I noticed the paste in Aldi recently.

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Old 2nd May 2024, 6:44 pm   #12
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https://www.bmstores.co.uk/

It's a pretty big chain nowadays - most towns of any size will have a branch. They took over a lot of Woolworths branches when they closed down.
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"Founded in Lancashire in 1978, B&M stands for Billington & Mayman - the name given to the business by founder Malcolm Billington".

I don't think I've seen a branch, but I noticed the paste in Aldi recently.

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Website suggests your nearest B&M branch is Norwich, but it's available in plenty of places [the usual German supermarket-discounters, Home Bargains, The Range etc].

It's always useful as a standby for cleaning duties.
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Old 2nd May 2024, 7:25 pm   #14
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Just had a look at their website. Pretty good battery prices - "D"s (Duracell) at £2.20/pair, "C"s (Panasonic)at £1.80/pair; PP3s (Panasonic) @£1.80.

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Old 2nd May 2024, 7:38 pm   #15
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They're OK, a bit like Wilko and Woolworths used to be. Worth a visit if you have a convenient one.

Back on topic now please.
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Old 2nd May 2024, 9:09 pm   #16
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More recently B&M have taken over A Wilco store near where I live.
There is another similar store with fewer branches is called Boyes but they are mainly away from the south.
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Old 3rd May 2024, 9:04 am   #17
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I'm pretty certain that Stardrops The Pink Stuff (which i assume we're all talking about) is similar to the stuff sold in caravan and camping shops for cleaning the winter water marks off the sides of caravans. I used to have some which I bought with my pocket money a very long time ago and it was a great alternative to other mild abrasive pastes such as autosol or t-cut for those hard to shift marks. Looks a bit like hand barrier cream and is quite pleasant to use, advertised as suitable for painted or GRP finishes, smooth or textured.

edit: just remembered the one I have, it's called Simco. Can't find a trace of it online.
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Old 3rd May 2024, 10:47 am   #18
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I did not think there was a B & M store very local to me, but checking their website now see it looks like they have taken over the old Wilco store (that closed many months ago) in the Guildourne Centre in the centre of Worthing.

I must pop down there and get some of the Star Drops Pink Stuff and also see what else they sell that might be of interest.

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Old 3rd May 2024, 2:03 pm   #19
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I used to use Cream Cleaner, The pink Stuff can on some surfaces can leave a Pinkish haze

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Old 3rd May 2024, 3:04 pm   #20
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Well, it does work for me. It looks a lot better on the cabinet surface
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