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I removed the swim ladder from my boat yesterday to get a flange rewelded. I want to clean it up and remove superficial rust before taking it to the welding shop. I've got an old bottle of Brasso (probably purchased at a Ft. Dix PX in 1969) which says that it's good for cleaning stainless steel, but it doesn't seem to work all that well. Is there something better?
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Yes, and elbow grease. Also, when and if you wax your deck, hit the stainless at the same time. Keeps it clean and shiny.
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Do not use any steel wool on the boat—ever. You'll leave tiny pieces of steel and get nasty rust pox all over the boat.

best item for cleaning the stainless steel or other metal on your boat is a miracle cloth. About $8 or so at West Marine. One of the only products that is universally agreed as best on Sailnet's forums, and ranks #1 in Practical Sailor Magazine's tests.
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Yes, but he is taking it off the boat. Thanks for the reminder about the Miracle cloth. Its a miracle that I can ever find the thing when I need it, I keep losing it.
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I have the miracle cloth and if the stainless has any rust or stains on it, it just will not remove them. It will shine the rust but not remove it.
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best item for cleaning the stainless steel or other metal on your boat is a miracle cloth. About $8 or so at West Marine. One of the only products that is universally agreed as best on Sailnet's forums, and ranks #1 in Practical Sailor Magazine's tests.

thx, I'll try it.
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Yes, but he is taking it off the boat. Thanks for the reminder about the Miracle cloth. Its a miracle that I can ever find the thing when I need it, I keep losing it.
Using steel wool on stainless steel will also cause the stainless to rust pox.
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I have the miracle cloth and if the stainless has any rust or stains on it, it just will not remove them. It will shine the rust but not remove it.
Removes the rust when I use it on my boat... Hmm... doesn't "shine" the rust from what I've seen.
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I have the miracle cloth and if the stainless has any rust or stains on it, it just will not remove them. It will shine the rust but not remove it.
How about naval jelly, then?
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