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Old 04-04-2010
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My brand new standing rigging is rusty :(

I just got all new standing rigging on the boat last October. We have been sailing from New England to the Caribbean all winter and we are about to start heading home.

I noticed that the rigging was collecting rust at the lower swag fitting back in Dec and now it's getting worse. The rigging that was on the boat prior to this was original from 1987 and it was spotless. The only reason that I changed it was that it was original and well past the recommended 10-12 year life expectancy.

I took a picture of it so that you can look at it and provide feedback. The picture doesn't capture how bad it is, so take what you see and add about 10% more rust.

What should I do?

Polish it with stainless polish and forget about it?

Call my rigger from New England and complain? Mabye he was sold a bad batch of wire or maybe he chose to use lower quality wire. Either case is unacceptable.

Get all new rigging before heading home? That's all I need new rigging that lasts 6 months.



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Appears to be surface based, probably all coming from the swage? Doubt it's a structural problem despite your understandable disappointment.. could even be that a rigger's helper "polished" the swage with a ferrous wheel. Sure hope that 304SS swages were not used (are they even available???)

I'd certainly be sending this picture to your rigger for their comments/action, but if anything's going to rust, the Caribbean is where it will happen sooner than later.
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This light oxide film is normal. It does not indicate failure of the rigging wire in any way. Some types of stainless will do this; others will not. The tiny amount of rust that formed has stained the clear oxide that would normally not be visible on the surface of the stainless. You can polish it off; but it will probably slowly return. I would not put any polish or cleaner on the wire itself. If oxygen is blocked to getting into the core of the wire you could have issues with oxygen starvation which actually makes stainless corrode faster.
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Get some of this stuff and use it on your rigging... will clean it up and help prevent it from re-rusting by passivating the finish.
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Probably has a large percentage of oxalic acid...
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No, primary ingredient is citric acid IIRC.

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No, primary ingredient is citric acid IIRC.

Interesting in a winery, citric acid is commonly used in cleaning and sanitizing stainless steel tanks. I have never seen any pitting or rust develop. In California it is used in winemaking.
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One reason may be that the citric acid helps passivate the stainless steel, increasing its ability to resist corrosion damage.
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Interesting in a winery, citric acid is commonly used in cleaning and sanitizing stainless steel tanks. I have never seen any pitting or rust develop. In California it is used in winemaking.
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