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Old 16 July 2007, 07:37   #1
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Best way to clean / polish A Frame

Hi There,

Does anyone know the best way to clean and then polish stainless steel A frames. Mine has what looks like rust stains but I think these are to do with electrolysis rather than oxidisation.

I seem to remember some one once telling me that HP sauce works well but it would be great to hear your opinions.
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Old 16 July 2007, 09:04   #2
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Hi There,

Does anyone know the best way to clean and then polish stainless steel A frames. Mine has what looks like rust stains but I think these are to do with electrolysis rather than oxidisation.

I seem to remember some one once telling me that HP sauce works well but it would be great to hear your opinions.
I use International Rust remover, it's good becuse there are alway places you can't rub or get too with a rag. Then Solvol.

I looked into buying a machine for handrails on another job; a little pricey I thought.. so didn't bother.

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Yes I love Solvol autosol as well - you can get it in any halfords.
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I looked on the hammerite for info on solvol. It says that it:
• Makes metal look like new.
• Cleans, restores, and polishes chrome, alluminium and brass.
• Manufactured to the exacting standards of the Ministry of Defence.
• Cleans without scratching.

No mention of stainless, has anyone actually used this stuff on stainless.
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I looked on the hammerite for info on solvol. It says that it:
• Makes metal look like new.
• Cleans, restores, and polishes chrome, alluminium and brass.
• Manufactured to the exacting standards of the Ministry of Defence.
• Cleans without scratching.

No mention of stainless, has anyone actually used this stuff on stainless.
Yes, for about the last 30 years. Best universal metal polish on the market.

PS: do not use too often or too vigously on Chrome. It will eventually wear it away.
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Solvol Autosol works well. I also use Mer to good effect.

You say you have rust. Has the steelwork pitted at all. If so some thick silver foil is good at removing small spots of rust.
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Old 16 July 2007, 15:10   #7
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I looked on the hammerite for info on solvol. It says that it:
• Makes metal look like new.
• Cleans, restores, and polishes chrome, alluminium and brass.
• Manufactured to the exacting standards of the Ministry of Defence.
• Cleans without scratching.

No mention of stainless, has anyone actually used this stuff on stainless.
I have even used the stuff on Perspex and ABS platic - we used to manufacture a product that had a black Perspex bezel - we changed to ABS - a polishing wheel and solvol and it came up gleaming almost as good as the Perspex - made hell of a mess though at 3000 rpm!!!
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If you want to get a really fine polished finish on Perspex/polycarb etc. Use auto finishing liguid ( cutting compound) then finish off with toothpaste.
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Yes tried that as well - brasso is finer than solvol for finishing off.
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Yup, Brasso works really good. Always have some under the kitchen sink or in the garage.
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