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Actually, you should never use steel wool on a boat...ever... the little pieces of steel will drop off and leave rust colored pox on the fiberglass... the worst part is that you won't see it until a few days/weeks have gone by, and then it is way too late. If you need to use an abrasive pad....go with either a ScotchBrite-type nylon scrubbing pad or a bronze wool pad.
BTW, I'd only recommend the Miracle Cloth if you're talking some light surface corrosion—on actual metal pieces. If you're talking heavy duty rust—with flakes and sharp edges... then replacement is generally the only option....
If you're just talking about rust stains, like what happens when the rusty water drips from the base of a stanchion, down the side of your hull... then CLR might be a good choice. You generally don't want to use anything too abrasive on the gelcoat or painted fiberglass.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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