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Cleaning and treating Stainless Steel

This is essentially a copy of an article I wrote on my blog... but I thought it was well worth repeating here.

Every once in a while, I’ll run across a product that I think is well worth mentioning to other boaters. One such product is Spotless Stainless. It is a new product that has been developed to clean and help preserve stainless steel in a marine environment. The citric acid-based liquid is designed to remove corrosion and passivate the surface of stainless steel, helping prevent future corrosion from occurring.

Here is a photo of my swim ladder before I applied the Spotless Stainless:



Now, the way you use Spotless Stainless is almost laughably easy. You shake the bottle vigorously, pour some out into a cup and then brush the Spotless Stainless onto the stainless steel you want to treat. Let the Spotless Stainless sit for 30 minutes or so, a bit longer if it is cooler than 65˚—swabbing it with more Spotless Stainless to keep it wet and active. After letting it sit, rinse the Spotless Stainless off. I scrubbed the Spotless Stainless off with a microfiber cloth that was soaked with water, since the water was turned off at the marina.

Here is a photo of my swim ladder after I applied the Spotless Stainless:



Here is a close up view of the swim ladder:



If you have a lot of stainless steel to treat on your boat, it is well worth getting. I would point out that it is recommended that you clean the stainless steel so that the Spotless Stainless can work on the stainless steel more effectively. In the case of the swim ladder, I did not do this.

BTW, since this is an acid-based cleaner, you really should not let it sit on bronze, aluminum, or galvanized steel, or painted surfaces. It can damage them if not rinsed off fairly quickly. It should not be applied to bottom paint, because it will damage the paint and destroy the paint’s biocide and prevent it from working.

Their website is located here. They are an advertiser with Sailnet, and I hope that Sailnet will start carrying their product.

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Good to know but... ahem... it looks like you missed a spot.
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Good to know but... ahem... it looks like you missed a spot.
ummm...two words for you:

BITE ME!!!!!!

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Soak/sit for 30 mins, how thick is the liquid. Trying to keep the liquid on vertical surfaces like stations could be challenging.
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How does it work on rust stains on fiberglass?
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It depends... if you shake the bottle the way you're supposed to it is almost foam like and sticks to surfaces, even inverted ones, fairly well.

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Pretty well. But given the price difference between MaryKate On and Off Gel and this stuff, I'd recommend using the MaryKate product, and reserve this for the stainless steel.

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I'm not sold yet on this product...I've used it several times now with mixed results, but consider most of the stainless on my boat is approaching 30 years old It cleans the new stainless great though (LMAO). Gotta give a few more goes before I go back to the Miracle Cloth.

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I'm pretty sure it is operator error , given who's using the product.

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I'm not sold yet on this product...I've used it several times now with mixed results, but consider most of the stainless on my boat is approaching 30 years old It cleans the new stainless great though (LMAO). Gotta give a few more goes before I go back to the Miracle Cloth.

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I'm pretty sure it is operator error , given who's using the product.
Yea, you could be on target with that

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