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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-19-2008 06:42 PM
camaraderie Brisco...it is this one! Lots of other Miracles out there!
West Marine: All-Purpose Polishing Cloth Product Display
11-19-2008 03:39 PM
JLBJR I vote for Prism Polish. The stuff is amazing and environmentally safe too.

JLBJR
11-19-2008 03:12 PM
Brisco I have quite a bit of aluminum to clean up. On the smaller parts I want to try Miracle cloth to clean it up is this Miracle Polishing And Cleaning Cloth . The original Miracle Cloth which has proven to out clean and polish any other product. the correct product? Looks like $19.95 for 3... web site looks like a infomercial.

Also and most importaintly how long does Collinite 850 last? Will I have to re apply wax every week? month? etc?

Looks like a good price for it here Boat Parts, Marine Engine Parts, Boat Accessories and Marine Electronics online
$9 a bottle versus $17 a bottle

Thanks
06-05-2007 10:04 PM
Sailormann I use muriatic acid on things that are old and have been allowed to corrode, and when the only other option would be taking a wire brush on the grinder to them.

The fittings need to be taken off the boat and the acid is pretty strong, so it needs to be handled carefully, but it works quickly and it's possible to end up with a smooth finish, unlike that obtained through brushing. I never use it on aluminum - it turns it black.

With old brass and stainless things that are in really bad condition, it saves a lot of time. Have never taken it on or near the boat, and would not advise it. But if you are working on a really old boat and need to clean something that hasn't been touched for ten or fifteen years, it works quickly. You will still need to polish it, as it comes out of the acid bath looking matte and stained.
06-05-2007 10:01 AM
Boasun
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Originally Posted by T37Chef
You paint your stainless and cleats uh?

Doesn't bright work refer to wood not metals...?
Referring to the brass turnbuckles on the life lines and other brass fixtures, plus other bright metal items. The Navy don't like wood on their ships. Some reason or other about being a fire hazard.
06-04-2007 05:00 PM
T37Chef You paint your stainless and cleats uh?

Doesn't bright work refer to wood not metals...?
06-04-2007 04:52 PM
Boasun After years of shining bright work in the Navy... I paint every thing. Then I don't have to worry about it being bright or not.

A Retired Boatswain's Mate.
06-04-2007 02:55 PM
sailingdog I've still got the one I used most of last season... I usually buy about six or so at a time, since my friends tend to mooch them.
06-04-2007 10:29 AM
saurav16 Does miracle cloth last a long time? I was just wondering how much I should order; or does it get used up on like a few cleats?
06-04-2007 09:22 AM
sailingdog CorrosionX will leave a nasty waxy sticky surface behind... so if you don't have to touch the metal at all, and don't mind it collecting bugs and dirt... go for it... but for things like cleats, cockpit railings, lifeline stanchions and other hardware you have to use, it isn't so useful.
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