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Old 04 April 2007, 12:09   #1
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cleaning a 'rusty' SS Prop?

I've a Quicksilver Laser Prop that's looking quite tarnished. Has anyone cleaned a SS prop like this? It's not affecting function - just looks unpleasant.

I'm thinking take it off and get it sandblasted (after bunging up the hub!) could be the answer. The sanding disc approach seems a bit tedious and would leave untidy and uneven witness marks and probably wouldn't reach every little nook leaving it loooking worse.

Bonus points for low level effort suggestions like leave to soak in Coke

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Old 04 April 2007, 12:16   #2
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you try to put on some hydrochloric acid (saltsyre in Norwegian)
it will take away most of the bad look .

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Old 04 April 2007, 14:45   #3
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Depends how bad it is - years ago I tried a special cleaning pad on stainless and it was awesome - similar to the things they sell in supermarkets for cleaning saucepans etc.
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Old 04 April 2007, 14:49   #4
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Hi if you look in the srewfix cataloge under abrasives you will find a metal polishig kit with paste that will do it
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Old 04 April 2007, 17:06   #5
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Scotchbrite and elbow grease works well.
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Old 04 April 2007, 18:09   #6
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sandblasting it will make it more susceptible to rusting again, buff and polish instead.
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Once you've got the worst of the rust off Autoglym metal polish is brilliant stuff to use - you can get it from Halfords.
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Try "shiny sinks" - use it at home on our stainless kitchen worktops and its awesome. Probably not a million miles off the infamous cillit bang
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Old 05 April 2007, 10:29   #9
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Over here (US), we use either Bartenders Friend, or Kleen King. Both are a kitchen type mildly acidic scouring powder designed specifically for cleaning SS and copper pans. A bit of water, the powder, and gentle scrubbing with a scotchbrite pad gets all corrosion off of SS.

You can also use something like Flitz metal polish, which has the added advantage of leaving a protective filim on the surface (at least 'til the next time it spins up.)


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