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Most supermarts will stock "Kurly Kate" or similar scrubbing pads, copper, brass, or stainless scouring pads all more abrasive than the many plastics now sold. The only use for steel wool on a boat, is to plug mouse holes. Mice don't like to chew on it. If you've got no mice, you don't need Brillo.
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If you get stainless steel scouring pads...make sure they're non-magnetic stainless... or they're likely to cause rust spotting as well. I like the nylon ones, since they're less troublesome and just as effective, and less likely to do damage to the gelcoat if you're removing stains.
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3M's nylon scrunge pads are actually color coded according to how abrasive they are. I don't remember the code but offhand, IIRC the blue ones are for scrubbing and the pink/white ones are for use on non-stick coatings, probably safest for gelcoat. 3M's famous one-call-finds-out-everything 800# can get the facts on that one. (Other makers will follow their own codings.)
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Starclean is my favourite for cleaning stainless. Comes in a tube like toothpaste, a little bit goes a long way.
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flitz metal polish, work great. you can even use it on plex, lexan and paint.
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There is a product called "SpotlessStainless". Shake it up, paint it on, keep it moist, thirty minutes later wash it off. Melts rust away. Fantastic stuff.
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FSR...Fiberglass Stain Remover, available as a blue gel and in a spray bottle are true miracles waiting to happen. I wouldn't have the spray on my boat under any circumstances...it wicks into places you don't want it, and though it removes rust, that rust will reoccur with a vengance. The gell on the other hand, can be placed accurately with one of those aptly named acid brushes if you trim the bristles to about 1/4". I've removed rust stains on my mainsail with it with no ill effect. It can be (and should be) neutralized with a few squirts of Windex. Good stuff, actually.
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Scotty's right. Flitz.
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FSR works very well, which if I remember right is just oxalic acid
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