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Old 31-08-2011, 11:22   #1
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Bimini Support Bars Beginning to Rust

I am seeing some minor surface rust on the bars that support the Bimini. What is the best way to deal with this?
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Old 31-08-2011, 11:27   #2
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Re: Start of rust on bimini suppport bars

Elbow grease or Spotless Stainless. Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel
I have no connection with Spotless but it's one of the few products that does what it claims to do.
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Re: Start of rust on bimini suppport bars

'Barkeeper's Friend' or any compound with Oxalic acid in it. The acid makes the rust go away without much, if any, polishing. Barkeeper's Friend is available at Target.
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Re: Start of rust on bimini suppport bars

Get a container of 3M "Finesse it". Great for everything from stainless to gel coat. No silicones etc. expensive... about $20 a pint. Very easy to use. Everyone has their way of doing it. I personally would avoid any liquid acid until the rust is deep. It sounds like you just have a light surface condition. Acid attacks the grain boundaries in stainless and will make the rust come back even faster... and worse.
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Old 31-08-2011, 11:34   #5
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Re: Start of rust on bimini suppport bars

I use collinite metal wax. The polish takes off the rust and leaves a protective coat. It can be tough if the rust is severe, but surface rust comes off easy.
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Thank you to everyone who responded!

I used the collinite metal wax - everything looks good as new.

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