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"Spotless stainless steel" reviews?

"Spotless stainless steel" reviews?

Any direct or first-hand friends' (you saw it personally) experience with
"Spotless Stainless Steel" (Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel) here?

Wrestling with passivation issues and rust removal-and-protection for our
on-board stainless, we examined all the usual options; citric acid (the
active component here) seems to be the most envrionmentally friendly, least
dangerous, and perhaps the most effective.

Phosporic acid, recommended by a friend who'd had all his new stainless work
done where that was the pickler, seems to only take off surface rust, and
actually promotes rust in the end on stainless; worse, it attacks chromium,
not a good thing for making stainless stay bright. Worse still, it's nasty
for the marine environment, making phospates. It's actually usually used in
paint prep for non-stainless steel applications.

Nitric acid, while effective, is very user-unfriendly and not so great to
the environment.

So, if it actually works as the company-sponsored reviews state, it looks
like it would be good for us to use on, in particular, the bow roller welds
mentioned in the St. Augustine log, as they look perfectly awful.

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"Spotless stainless steel" reviews?

Any direct or first-hand friends' (you saw it personally) experience with
"Spotless Stainless Steel" (Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel) here?
Have a look through Sailing Dog's recent posts. He used it and was very impressed.
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We've used it with good results. The key is to keep it from drying out while it does it's job. For smaller pieces, we covered with a plastic bag. For larger bits, we had to keep misting with water. The longer it sits the better it works. In our experience (on 25 yr. old stainless), it did not bring back a showroom shine, but it did remove all the stains. Depending on how you much you want your stainless to sparkle, you could end the process with the product, or hit it with some polish after. It claims to help prevent rusting but is too soon to tell at this point. We recommend it.
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Yup... I've used it and highly recommend it. I wrote about it on my blog, as well as posting the same review on several forums.

Here are the photos, which pretty much say it all:

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After:



Basically, all I did was shake the bottle, apply the foam like Spotless Stainless to the swim ladder, wait 30 minutes—while occassionally daubing the foam with a wet brush to keep the Spotless Stainless wet as indicated in the instructions, and then washed off using a soaked microfiber towel. We didn't have running water at the marina the day I did this.

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"Spotless stainless steel" reviews?

Any direct or first-hand friends' (you saw it personally) experience with
"Spotless Stainless Steel" (Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel) here?

Wrestling with passivation issues and rust removal-and-protection for our
on-board stainless, we examined all the usual options; citric acid (the
active component here) seems to be the most envrionmentally friendly, least
dangerous, and perhaps the most effective.

Phosporic acid, recommended by a friend who'd had all his new stainless work
done where that was the pickler, seems to only take off surface rust, and
actually promotes rust in the end on stainless; worse, it attacks chromium,
not a good thing for making stainless stay bright. Worse still, it's nasty
for the marine environment, making phospates. It's actually usually used in
paint prep for non-stainless steel applications.

Nitric acid, while effective, is very user-unfriendly and not so great to
the environment.

So, if it actually works as the company-sponsored reviews state, it looks
like it would be good for us to use on, in particular, the bow roller welds
mentioned in the St. Augustine log, as they look perfectly awful.

L8R

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