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04-03-2013 11:56 AM
Alex W
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

My Pearson also had those covers. They are a terrible idea, don't put them back on. That is what let the mold grow in there.

I found that the mold/moss came off with a bristle brush and water. That let me inspect the standing rigging and see that it is in good (it's since been inspected by a rigger who also gave it the all clear). Had those covers been on longer it's likely that corrosion would have started.

The standing rigging itself for a 22-25' boat is around $400-500. On a boat this size you can likely drop the mast without the help of a crane. You'd want 2 or 3 people though, and at least one of them should be handy. I dropped the mast on my Catalina 25 about a year ago and it went pretty smoothly and allowed me to carefully inspect the rigging, replace masthead equipment, and check on the integrity of the mast step.
04-02-2013 07:56 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

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.....I cracked and peele them off and will work on the shrouds tomorrow. They have a bit of hmm.. Green fuzz in them tht I will have to brush out......
I'm assuming that is mold from the description. Are these twisted wire shrouds or straight metal bars? Shrouds are usually wire and I can't imagine how you would get the flitz back out of all the grooves.

The Spotless Stainless product mentioned above is good for removing light corrosion on stainless steal. However, if your standing rigging has corrosion, cleaning it off isn't really the fix.
04-02-2013 04:17 AM
Morild
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

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Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
How much did it cost to replace your standing rigging? Did you do it yourself?
The new wires were "made" by a rigger, it require special tools to put the terminals on the wires.

I paid around 3.500 DKK (Is 600 USD) for the wires (2 shrouds each side and back-stay) including new turnbuckles! (I hope it's the right Words in English for these Things :-) )

It also gave me the chance to get them shortened a couple of centimeters.
04-02-2013 12:41 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

This flitz is actually doing an amazing job. The forestay where I polished glistened like new wire in the sunset. The part I couldn't reach did not.

The boat I just got had these old plastic, somewhat tight fitting plastic covers on the shrouds, with bigger plastic rollers on the bottom. So I cracked and peele them off and will work on the shrouds tomorrow. They have a bit of hmm.. Green fuzz in them tht I will have to brush out.

I wish standing Rigging was an easier job, I would always replace it, but it seems that it and the deck hardware, I.e. the blocks, tackle etc get left the longest. A rope you can replace here or there, but really the standing its all at once.
04-02-2013 12:12 AM
mikel1
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

Why hasn't anyone mentioned "Spotless Stainless" ?
04-01-2013 10:40 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

I'm a big fan of Nevr-Dull, but it works best on stainless tubing, like sanctions and the pulpit. Twisted wire rigging would be messy.

http://www.nevrdull.com/
04-01-2013 09:06 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

How much did it cost to replace your standing rigging? Did you do it yourself?
04-01-2013 05:34 PM
miatapaul
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

Flitz should work well also, but I would skip the bronze wool. You might try just using a microfiber cloth with the Flitz on it, that will likely clean it up. Barkeeper's friend works well too, just make sure you rinse it well, as it does contain a light acid.
04-01-2013 03:54 PM
Morild
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

Good point,
Autosol is the product I use, just couldn't remember the name of it
04-01-2013 03:48 PM
Omatako
Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

Personally I would avoid bronze wool if at all possible. The fine scratches left behind will be way more difficult to remove than the loss of shine on the material.

Try a good metal polish first, I use a product called Autosol I think it is a US product so may be available where you are. I use it after a strong acid wash following TIG welding and it shines up really well.
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