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Old 03-05-2012, 18:29   #1
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How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Anyone know of the best product to get rid of small rust stains, and grime on the stainless rails?
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Old 03-05-2012, 18:34   #2
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Anyone know of the best product to get rid of small rust stains, and grime on the stainless rails?
No affiliation and I have not tried it but many here have tried it.

Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel

I used to use Barkeepers friend - liquid.

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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

The very best product I've found so far, is Miracle Cloth. It cleans very well, very quickly, and leaves a protection behind.

Spotless Stainless is great for heavy rust, and rust stains. HOWEVER, you MUST rinse it very, very well, and then put protection on behind it. I don't use this for long runs of stainless.
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

There are a lot of products that work (e.g. Flitz, 3M, etc.). After you polish, I suggest passivating the rails to discourage it from rusting again (I use Wichinox -- expensive but you don't need much.)
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

barkeepers friend. cheap and effective
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Wool in a Can..Good stuff..DVC
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Collinite920 works on all things BOAT. I clean everything with it, including all my SS.
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I like Brite Boy
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

We have tried everything, and the best we found is Flitz.

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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Wichinox. Very good. Cleans and passivizes. Expensivish.

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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

3m microfinish polishing compoound works great on SS and fiberglass, that way you dont need multiple products around. This assumes you are just talking about light surface rusting....
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Tried Caustic Soda
Powerful but dangerous
About one kg for 5-6 litres ot hot water, left lot of rusty tools overnight, flushed with clean water the next day, all as new ones! Just wipe dry and keep on your boat with a bit of grease.
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Another vote for Barkeeper's Friend. The mild abrasive pared with it's rust bleach, probably Oxalic acid, makes short work of getting rid of rust stains. Stubborn stains take very little rubbing or you can just make up a solution, if using the powder, and let it sit for a while on the stain.

When we had our Westsail and fought the rust streaks from the outboard chain plates, bought a bag of Oxalic Acid from a local chemical supplier. It's a powder that you mix with water and paint on the offending stain hull and then rinse off after a few minutes. Took care of the gelcoat stains without any physical effort. It's a good wood bleach for teak as well. A 40# bag will last forever, still have some after 40 years. Might want to use your entreprenureal bent by packaging it up into small batches and selling it to your neighbors. Might even make some money, at least get the Oxalic for free, and make your dockmates happy.
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Re: How to get rid of rust and grime on stainless

Be careful using any acid product on Highly polished SS. They remove rust quite well, but often attack the grain boundaries to accomplish this.... kind of like opening up the "pores" if you will, then the rust comes back sooner and worse, so you use it again and it gets worse yet. For bad rusting you ay have to use it I suppose....
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