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cmarques posted 01-25-2004 10:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for cmarques   Send Email to cmarques  
I have a stain running down from my anchor locker drain and all the way down the keel line. I did not know but threw a battery operated lantern in the anchor locker after a camping trip and I guess the saltwater did its job on the lamp and batteries and left an acid rust looking stain that did a job on the white. Before I start sanding, are there any cleaners/compounds or anything else that may remove this?

Thanks for any help in advance,

RobTX posted 01-26-2004 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobTX  Send Email to RobTX     
Try CLR rust stain remover. It is a strong chemical that you want to use gloves with and test a small area first. It worked fairly well on rust stains on my old boat's (not a whaler) gel-coated console.
Moe posted 01-26-2004 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
You might also want to try Barkeeper's Friend. It's a powdered cleanser like Comet, but much less abrasive, and contains oxalic acid which works pretty well on rust stains.


Fishin Rod posted 01-26-2004 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishin Rod  Send Email to Fishin Rod     
I'll second the BarKeeps Friend..

Make a paste using a little water and BKF. Rub it on with your finger and let set for a few minutes then brush and rinse. Repeat if needed.

cmarques posted 01-26-2004 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Thanks for the advice- I have 2 cans of BKF so I will try this weekend- will let you know!


coastal whaler posted 01-27-2004 04:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for coastal whaler  Send Email to coastal whaler     
I have used OSPHO. It is used to put on rusty metal to prepare for painting. I have seen it sprawed on gelcoat to remove rust stains. No scrubbing just wipe it on and the rust spots are gone. Rinse throughly after the rust stains are gone.

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