RE: [DML] What's on my stainless?
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RE: [DML] What's on my stainless?



My car had black spray paint graffiti on it, and was covered in white
flecks of overspray when other vehicles were painted nearby.  Both came
off easily using the proper scotch brite pad available from most DMC
vendors.  A cleaner would likely be a better first step, but the pad
should work if needed.

Tom 

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Subject: [DML] What's on my stainless?

I, for one, love my stainless steel, as does the next guy, I'm sure.
So 
far, it's been extremely low maintenance, though I'm only about three
months into ownership here.
 
Something, though, has seemed to "stain" my stainless.  It all began
with hard city water, a cramped garage, and a sprinkler system.
 
Unfortunately, I have to park the car outside (no, I cannot change
this).  
To counter-act this problem, I'm working on a product to help  alleviate
some of the problems we get with a car parked outdoors.  But  I digress.
 
If it's a clear night, and the forecast looks good, I'll leave the car
without a cover.  If there's so much as one cloud above, the cover goes
right on.  
But on a few of these clear nights, the sprinkler system ran on  the
car.  I wake up the next morning, and there are dried water spots all
over the car.  
I take some warm water & dish soap to it, and I can  clean up
everything... 
except for the outer rings.  You simply cannot  notice them--at all--at
distance, but they stand out like a sore thumb if you  get close enough.
It's almost 
as if the sun has cooked it on there.   The rings vary from color.  I've
seen 
light grey to almost black  (thankfully, those are few).  I've tried
using Windex, Dawn Oxidation Dish  Soap, DMCH's SS Glo++, white vinegar,
Coca-Cola (for the phosphoric acid), and a  handful of other things I
can't seem to remember.  Nothing has even put a  dent (so to speak) in
these rings.  The SS Glo will "hide" the rings, but  once the polish
dries or is washed off, the rings come back (in the exact same  spots:
I've checked).  The only things I haven't tried so far is gasoline,  and
straight-up phosphoric acid.  And of course, regraining the panels, but
even that's unsatisfactory.  I can take pictures and post them later,
but I  was hoping someone out there has already faced this problem and
dealt with  it.  What's in our city water?  Not a clue!  But it did
something  to my stainless...  And yes, we have a water softener
installed.  Two  of them, in fact.  Any advice?
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Regards,
William Fries
#1366


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