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Old 12-08-2010, 22:22   #1
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How to Clean and Polish Standing Rigging

OK Everyone! I talked to a rigger today about our standing rigging. He recommended the following be done annually.

1) Wash the rigging with generic soap-water and rinse.
2) Polish it with stainless steel wool

I can't find anywhere online where it's suggested to polish your rigging with stainless steel wool.

I understand the reason not to polish it with anything but stainless steel wool. Particles can get into the rigging and begin to rust.

So....what is the proper way to polish your rigging after washing it?
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Old 12-08-2010, 22:46   #2
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Try this stuff....haven't used it yet but others say it really does work...and less of it as well..

Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel
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Looks very much like a product marketed here as Ranex, basically dilute phosporic acid which acts as a rust converter/remover.
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I don't know of what it's composed, but the manufacturer specifically states not phosphoric or nitric acid.
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I think it's citric acid. Works very well. The manufacturer gave me a jug of it when he first started up. It does work as advertised but is a bit fiddly in hot weather as it dries quickly and should be kept wet to work. You have to keep spraying it lightly with water.
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I think it's citric acid ...
Apparently so.
http://www.anything-sailing.com/show...ishing?p=61940

Citric acid is the weaker little sister to nitric acid used in "passivation".
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