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Old 17-05-2011, 15:00   #1
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Removing Old Cetol from Stainless

Anyone have a good method for Removing old dried, baked on cetol from stainless? Ive tried MEK and laq thinner with no joy
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Re: Removing old cetol from stainless

We've had good luck using a heat gun when removing previous Cetol on both teak and any other surface it may be on. I'm sure it would work on stainless.

Acetone as a solvent will soften it and may help if there is a thin residue left over to be removed.

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Old 17-05-2011, 20:26   #3
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Re: Removing Old Cetol from Stainless

Previous owner of our boat used Cetol on the teak swim ladder treads, but neglected to remove them from the stainless ladder to do so. The result was a grungy looking ladder. We had good luck cleaning it off by first liberally wiping with acetone to soften it, then cleaning/polishing with Barkeeper's Friend (I buy the liquid in the plastic bottle - keeps better than the powder in a paper can).

It looks so good that somebody is going to end up doing all of the stainless rails and stanchions...
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Re: Removing Old Cetol from Stainless

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Previous owner of our boat used Cetol on the teak swim ladder treads, but neglected to remove them from the stainless ladder to do so. The result was a grungy looking ladder. We had good luck cleaning it off by first liberally wiping with acetone to soften it, then cleaning/polishing with Barkeeper's Friend (I buy the liquid in the plastic bottle - keeps better than the powder in a paper can).

It looks so good that somebody is going to end up doing all of the stainless rails and stanchions...
000 steel wool?
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Re: Removing Old Cetol from Stainless

Redcobra, never, never, never let steel wool on a boat! The little bits that break off will leave rust stains everywhere. Use bronze wool.
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000 Bronze wool?
Or 3M abrasive pads. I think the purple one is equivalnt to 000 steel....err...bronze wool.
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Concur with the heat gun and use a piece of wood to scrape it off ... won't damage the finish. Remove any thin remaining film with a solvent.

I use a heat gun designed for applying shrink covering for model airplanes not an industrial strength heat gun that will set the place on fire.
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