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Old 15-12-2011, 19:41   #1
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Best SS Rail Polish

Can anyone recommend their favorite polish for our beautiful stainless steal arch which is now showing signs of faint rust?

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Re: Best SS Rail Polish

Aussie-the best stuff I have ever found is called Flitz-great metal polish, removes light rust and leaves a protective coating that lasts for a while. I have used it on my boats for 20+ years. Don't know if it is available Down Under but their website is and I know you can find it on Amazon. I get it at my local hardware store. They also have a fiberglass polish that is pretty good. Occasionally, I have used plain old Brasso and had good luck with it.

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Re: Best SS Rail Polish

Don't know if you have it down your way but it's great on SS handrails, stanchions, deck fitting and the arch. BTW not advertising for WM.

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Re: Best SS Rail Polish

I use Spotless Stainless for the welds, fittings and screw heads in my rails where the rust is hardest to clean. The Spotless Stainless also chemically passivates the stainless to make the rust much slower to come back. Really a miracle product for these and similar situations-

Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel

Follow the instructions exactly. You do not apply it like other metal cleaners.

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aluminum / metal / almost everything protective coating?

Has any one had experience with Nylac protective coating system?


I am considering using it as a protective coating for new bare 6061-T6 aluminum mast and boom extrusions.
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Re: Best SS Rail Polish

for polish, I use prism polish - best I have used, reasonable price. easy to use.

Also have used spotless stainless (SS) for hard to reach areas, and for smaller items (shackles, blocks, etc). It is not very fast, but it IS effective if it stays wet. It evaporates fairly quickly and is messy to use. Need to rinse it. I usually will put some SS in a plastic bag, put the item in it, ensure SS gets all over the item. Wait til the next day, rinse it new!

Haven't used SS on railings/etc, as I prefer the instant gratification results of the prisim polish, fast and easy, and leaves a protective coating (good for half a season or so). Where it is warm out here lately, the SS product would dry too fast before it could work well..would have to cover it with plastic wrap or something.. seems like too much effort and mess for easy to polish stuff like railings.

But used as directed (and kept from drying) the spotless stainless stuff does work quite well!
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Re: Best SS Rail Polish

Another Spotless Stainless fan. A coat of wax after the cleaning helps.
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Protective coating on SS? I thought it made its own....

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