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Miracle cloth... we had highly corroded bronze and it cleaned it right up! It has the right name.. I don't know how it does it, but it does.
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Yeah, the miracle cloth is impregnated with unobtainium. They use the cyclotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory to get it into the cloth. Don't set it down next to your camera.(g)

Seriously, though, clean 'em up and then coat 'em with a good wax or something. If you have not used muriatic acid before I would not recommend it. Explosions and severe burns, if not blindness, can occur to the unfamiliar. If one feels the need to use any acid, good old vinegar is the place to start. Not fast, but safe.
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CorrosionX

Don't mean to hijack this thread, but CorrosionX was recommended to me to clean and protect the metal on my boat. Has anyone tried it?
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problems I've found with acids.

1. Acid removes all of the oxidation on stainless and opens up the pours in the metal and will make it rust worse in a shorter amount of time.

2. If your hull or decks are painted and you get acid on the paint it will remove all the wax and open up the paint and it will stain easier. same with gel coat.

3. over time it will remove anodizing from aluminum.

4. Its a pain when have to round up rubber gloves to use it and finding the right ratio to dilute it. and then trying not to get any on the rest of the boat is nearly impossible even when you rinse it off it ends up running down the deck and down the hull. and leaving discolored streaks and spots.

It is very fast but the side effects make it not worth it to me.
Some of the guys with sport fisherman that have the big tuna towers on them have recommended lemon pledge for aluminum I haven't tried that yet but their boats are always immaculate.

the miracle cloth followed by the colinite is fast an it lasts. and its much safer for the boat and the person using it than acids.

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CorrosionX will leave a nasty waxy sticky surface behind... so if you don't have to touch the metal at all, and don't mind it collecting bugs and dirt... go for it... but for things like cleats, cockpit railings, lifeline stanchions and other hardware you have to use, it isn't so useful.
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Does miracle cloth last a long time? I was just wondering how much I should order; or does it get used up on like a few cleats?
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I've still got the one I used most of last season... I usually buy about six or so at a time, since my friends tend to mooch them.
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After years of shining bright work in the Navy... I paint every thing. Then I don't have to worry about it being bright or not.

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You paint your stainless and cleats uh?

Doesn't bright work refer to wood not metals...?
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You paint your stainless and cleats uh?

Doesn't bright work refer to wood not metals...?
Referring to the brass turnbuckles on the life lines and other brass fixtures, plus other bright metal items. The Navy don't like wood on their ships. Some reason or other about being a fire hazard.
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