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05-14-2010 11:39 AM
SVCarolena
Quote:
Originally Posted by lancelot9898 View Post
This may be a problem however the real problem for cleaning stanchions is the requirement for keeping it moist for 30 minutes in 70 degree heat. Other than those two problems it seems like a good product. I need to remove some rust on a stainless steel shaft that goes into the stuffing box and I suppose that I could soak a rag in the liquid and let it sit on top of the shaft for 30 minutes or so and then turn the shaft over and do the same thing on the other side??
We used Spotless Stainless for our stanchion bases with very good results. We had pulled the stancions to rebed them anyway, so while we were off we applied the Spotless Stainless and then put the bases in plastic sandwich bags with elastic bands to hold them closed around the stanchion post. It worked very well to keep the material from drying out. Ours took the full 30 mins. becuase it was a cool day. Without the bags we would have needed to keep applying or mist with water as the wind was blowing and humidity was rather low when we used it. Anyhow, we do recommend the product.
05-14-2010 11:22 AM
MetalFinisher
Before/After electropolishing pics of used s/s tubing

#1 rusty old 316 s/s tubing before electropolishing


#2 parts after electropolishing.
05-14-2010 10:45 AM
MetalFinisher
You could electropolish them

If you feel like, or can remove the stanchions and electropolish them. This would have the added benefit of getting underneath the base (where we see rust all the time). All rust would be removed and the surface rendered fully passive. Whatever you do do NOT use steel wool on stainless. Small particles will embed in the surface and rust will spread to the s/s quickly. I will post a couple pictures showing before/after electropolishing of some 306 and 316 ss tubing.
03-30-2010 08:59 AM
albe1066
Keeping Spotless Stainless Moist

Keeping the solution moist if used in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day may be a challenge. The product is formulated to minimize drying as much as possible. We were initially concerned drying may be an issue. Based on the feedback we have received from people who have used Spotless Stainless (many in South FL) keeping it moist has not been an issue. We avoid cleaning stainless in direct sun during the hottest part of the day (I want to be somewhere cool anyway).

When we clean our stainless we have a small container of spotless stainless in hand and walk around applying the product with a brush. If we see an area that looks like it may drying we lightly re-brush. It is a very simple process and takes very little time compared to methods that require rubbing, scrubbing or polishing. Effective rust removal and extended time between cleaning with minimal effort and mess were the drivers for us to find a simpler method to remove rust and protect our stainless steel - hence Spotless Stainless..

A funny quote from a user posted on the CSYForum "The best thing I like about it (Spotless Stainless) is,,,you can stand on the dock talking to your friends and drinking a cold one .....and one fellow says " hey I thought you were going to clean your SS today?" and you can reply..." I'm cleaning it as we speak!!!"....priceless ...."

Time is related to temperature. The warmer the better your results in less time. So it may not take 30 mins to get desired results. We use the statement up to 30 mins. All of this is discussed in our faq at FAQ - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel . You can read about user experiences at Home - Spotless Stainless Removes Rust, Protects Stainless Steel

Lancelot Spotless Stainless should adhere to your shaft and stay moist without the need of a rag (if not used in direct sun during the hottest part of the day). It is formulated to adhere to vertical surfaces so it should stay on your shaft. The thickness basically provides a media for a suspension that is like placing your stainless in a bath. We use it on our stanchions both horizontal, vertical and the base on the deck - It works..
03-30-2010 08:10 AM
lancelot9898
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Originally Posted by albe1066 View Post
Spotless Stainless will not remove wax. If you have waxed your stainless steel this will prevent Spotless Stainless from reaching the surface to remove rust and free iron.
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This may be a problem however the real problem for cleaning stanchions is the requirement for keeping it moist for 30 minutes in 70 degree heat. Other than those two problems it seems like a good product. I need to remove some rust on a stainless steel shaft that goes into the stuffing box and I suppose that I could soak a rag in the liquid and let it sit on top of the shaft for 30 minutes or so and then turn the shaft over and do the same thing on the other side??
03-30-2010 07:42 AM
albe1066 Spotless Stainless will not remove wax. If you have waxed your stainless steel this will prevent Spotless Stainless from reaching the surface to remove rust and free iron.

Spotless Stainless does contain Citric Acid, however there are other components in the solution that are involved in making it effective and delivering amazing results. It is the relationship of these components that makes Spotless Stainless the simplest most effective way to remove rust and free iron that we have found. We tried many different formulations before we got it right..
03-30-2010 07:22 AM
saildog1 So when you hose the Spotless cleaner off does it remove your wax?
03-30-2010 05:10 AM
Freshbreeze
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Originally Posted by tager View Post
I have been told by a poster affiliated with spotless stainless that the active ingredient is citric acid.
So i guess you could clean stainless with standard household products, or even citrus fruits as a buget alternative?
03-29-2010 08:00 PM
tager I have been told by a poster affiliated with spotless stainless that the active ingredient is citric acid.
03-29-2010 06:53 PM
chef2sail Ordered two more quarts of this stuff. Have used it before with astonishing results. Was able to tell the admiral I spent all day working on the shine

Dave
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