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Old 01-15-2004, 05:07 AM
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Cleaning up stainless steel

OK, This is probibly a no brainer but its been awhile so I'll ask anyway. I'm getting ready to drop my stainless steel fuel cell in place and need to know what can I use to clean it up alittle. It does not have to be show car quality. Its just got some welding scorch marks and layout lines on it. Should I just use a wire wheel on it, I won't screw it up will I?
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Old 01-15-2004, 08:31 AM
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The blemishes are only cosmetic and will come off very easily. What is the finish on the tank? If it is satin, then the blemishes will polish off with an abrassive. Find an aggressive rubbing compound like Dupont #7 or a proper grit of wet-or-dry sand paper (600?, 1000?, 1500?) that gives the proper patina. If it is polished, use the #7 compound to get rid of the blemishes then buff it with a cotton wheel in your electric drill using stainless compound. You can get the buffing materials at auto parts or hardware stores for cheap.
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I would not use a wire wheel on it. Do not use steel wool either, it will deposit small steel particles on the SS and the resulting rust will discolor the SS. Do as willys suggest, or you could use a red Scotch Brite pad.

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Old 01-15-2004, 03:56 PM
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Thanks guys, I'm putting the last two coats of poly on all the wood panels and trim and it will be about 4 hours between coats. Sounds like a good project for tomorrow.

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