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Re: Cleaning Metal and Stainless Anything fast?

Here are some before & after shots of what a proper buffer can do very easily and far quicker than hand polishing if parts have been neglected. The best part is it doesn't merely remove surface oxidation and stains but actually smooths out the metal - scratches and so forth. It isn't really a tool for maintenance since the parts have to come off the boat and go home with you but if you are getting in deep with your work, I can't recommend one too highly.

The polished surface lasts a lot longer than when using the creams & pastes as well, especially if you put a coat of wax on them.
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Re: Cleaning Metal and Stainless Anything fast?

Well, I warmed up some stainless indoors by the woodstove and tried my new Spotless Stainless. Here are my impressions.

It was quite thick, almost like glycerin or a thin jell or wet creamy looking paste. So it goes on fairly thick, I did not buy way too much (I have a good 1600 lbs of stainless, most of it two sided - not the boat). I should have gotten a gallon.

I brought in a 40 lb assembly and let it warm up. I was doing a 14 inch disc shape with rust stains from salt and an iron shaft. As northerners know, heating a house when the outdoors is cold and dry makes bone dry air in the house. So my paste was flash drying as I applied it. You are not supposed to let it dry.

That forced me to take some wet paper towel and wipe around to keep it damp. Essentially, I was not allowing the recommended 30 min. of letting it work, I was giving it about 5-8 minutes, less when you figure I was really wiping it off with the damp paper towel. The operative word is wiping, I was keeping it damp, not scrubbing with a cloth.

Then I took it outside and rinsed it with water as recommend. When it dried, even though I did it all wrong, the rust stains and dirt were gone. It was much brighter. In fact, I could see my reflection in the steel!

Conclusion: I'll do it in the shade on a humid, preferably foggy or drizzly summery day. For small items if you don't mind hanging around you could probably just mist it every now and then. Best part, it did not require buffing, which is worth plenty to me, so I think I'll like it.
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Re: Cleaning Metal and Stainless Anything fast?

Those brillo like pads on an angle grinder or die grinder work well on stainless.

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