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when is standing rigging rusting vs staining

I was at by boat today and noticed that my rigging was looking brown. It was on my way to the car so lighting wasn't that great and couldn't get a picture. The boat is new to me and too odd for original rigging. How can you tell by looking at the wires if they are rusting away or staining? I'll try and make it up to the boat to get a picture for you all to see
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Re: when is standing rigging rusting vs staining

Look for pitting of the strands and broken strands at the swages. Even 316 bleeds a bit. If you have the time and the ability to get up the mast, you can rub it down with rust stain remover but rinse thoroughly. That should bring back the shine. Can also use Scotch Brite to clean up the shrouds though that can turn into real work.
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Re: when is standing rigging rusting vs staining

You mean the orange/brown staining that you may find running down the wire or near a fitting? That is rust.

The real question is where did it actually originate. Is it inside the core of the strands or the swage fittings, etc? Could be from crevice corrosion and water is just washing it down the strands? If I saw "staining" on aged rigging, I would have a pro look my rig over.

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