Lesson learned about using steel wool pads to clean deck hardware.
It's not worth the time. I hadn't cleaned the stainless steel in years and found that when I started all over again using 3m's cleaner wax, WOW what a differance. The cleaner wax really cleaned things up very nicely, took blimished and rust off, and put a water resistant coat on the SS too. I guess my friend Debra was right, it's stainless steel, not stainfree steel.