Cleaning Old(er) light stands and light cords

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Cleaning Old(er) light stands and light cords
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I happened into a great deal on some old Speedotron Brown lights the other day.  A guy I worked for in the late 80s had a Speedotron setup, so it's something with which I'm borderline familiar -- or at least once was. (Full disclosure: I no longer earn a paycheck through photography, and haven't since, well, before the widespread adoption of digital).

Going through the archives here have led to me remembering a lot about the speedos and learning a lot that I didn't know (like how to reform the capacitors on the packs and not to plug them directly into a  modern digital camera).  So thanks for that.

Sorry for the long intro.  I do have a question, though:  the setup came with a bunch of decent, but older lightstands.  I was wondering how best to clean and service them.  Oil the knobs and such, okay.  But what about cleaning up the aluminum -- what's best for that?  I thought about MacGuires (sp?) aluminum polish, but then wondered if that would lead to slippage.  Simple Green?

Obviously, I don't need them to be polished as Harley chrome, but want them to work smoothly and well.

Same question goes for the electric cords to the strobes.  They're all in good condition, but dusty and could use some cleaning so my hands don't get dirty after handling them.  What's the best way to clean, and possibly lubricate, them?

Many thanks,

Cass

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