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Is it possible to completey get rid of rust on gel coat? I sure hope so! Thanks, Jane
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depends on if the rust is on the surface, or in the gelcoat. If the gelcoat is old and porous, it is very possible that the rust has gotten in the pores in the surface. I would try using a Mr. Clean Magic eraser... they're pretty effective for fixing this type of problem, even on fairly porous surfaces.
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might also try "Lime Away"
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Any of the acid based products like FSR, YSR or On & Off will work. I prefer On & Off and apply it with a cheap chip brush. You'll be amazed how quickly it eats the rust...
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If Soft Scrub doesn't do it, try oxalic acid. You can find it at the hardware in crystal form. Make up a paste mixture and let it sit on the rust a bit. Scrub with a Scotch pad. You can find the oxalic acid as a liquid in many deck cleaning treatments.
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On gelcoat, sure. IN gelcoat...oxalic acid (in the supermarket as "Baternder's Friend" or "Oxo" etc.) and patience.

Once it is out--wax the gelcoat. Wax seals the pores and prevents further staining and degradation of the gelcoat.
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Thanks everyone, I proclaimed it to be hopeless too soon!
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Had the same issue and SD's suggestion of the magic eraser worked, er... like magic.
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Had the same issue and SD's suggestion of the magic eraser worked, er... like magic.
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