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Old 08-06-2009, 06:46 PM   #1
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Rust flecks on fiberglass

Being new to this plastic boat scene (30 ys of woodies before now) I was unaware, when drilling out some DPO installed, rusted in, steel bolts to replace them with SS, that the resulting steel dust (which I thought that I had adequately swept up/washed away) would create almost instant (overnight) rust pox on the fiberglass decks. Tried scrubbing with Soft Scrub and Scotch Brite and that removed some, but not all, of the persistent buggers. Anyone have some tried and true remedies?
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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RE: Rust flecks on fiberglass

David, Go to Home Depot and get a product called Rustaid. It will make any rust spots or streaks go away magically. Chuck
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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RE: Rust flecks on fiberglass

Rustaid or any product with/based on oxalic acid. It converts the ferrous oxide (rust) to ferrous oxalate, which is soluble and washes away.
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RE: Rust flecks on fiberglass

Oxalic acid with a bit of Joy and a mild (white) scotch brite pad can be scrubbed on TT "Stainless Steel".

Leave it in place Joy (will give a light haze) for an hour and , do this a couple of times.

The Acid will go after the surface rust AND the "loose" iron that is usually removed by electro polishing.

Your "SS" stanchions and fittings will be rust free , frequently for months , and the more you do it the better it gets.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:05 AM   #5
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RE: Rust flecks on fiberglass

Thanks guys. Will try your suggestions.

Gee, when I went from wood to plastic, I thought all I'd have to do was wash and wax.
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RE: Rust flecks on fiberglass

Toilet bowl cleaner, the cheapest and thinnest stuff, works great to take off the rust streaks that dribble down the transom or the side of the boat from SS fittings like the Espar exhaust pipe, the davits or the bolts that hold in the horns.
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