Originally Posted by rwidman
On a related topic, if instead of rust, there are some defects in a stainless steel rail because it got hit with something or a clamp was put there but later removed, what are the ways to best "repair" the rail to look as close to new as possible? These defects are beyond polishing.
Well this may be way expensive but a good welder that is really good with stainless could add metal to the damaged area and then grind and buff it to a new finish with no evidence of a repair. Or if need be cut and fit a new section right there on the boat.
We have a welder here in New Bern that has worked for Hatteras for 25+ years. He makes all of the stainless rails on the larger 70-85 foot Hatteras boats by hand. This is all done by hand with each section hand fitted. He can fit two pieces of stainless tubing together and lay a weld in that once he is done no one will be able to tell where the weld has been done.
Did I mention he is expensive.