[DML] Re: not-so-stainless steel :(
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[DML] Re: not-so-stainless steel :(

How about a Scotch Brite teflon pad.

The big deal about stainless steel is that it forms its own protective
surface when exposed to the atmosphere. Remove the existing surface,
and a new one forms. Ever notice how your pots & pans look when you
really dig out some burned food? Immediately after scrubbing, the
interior is much brighter and shinier than the exterior. Next day,
it's faded to the same sheen.

On your DeLorean, remember to scrub in the same direction as the
factory grain pattern (a good practice whenever you wash the car).

What can get you into trouble is using a carbon steel product on your
stainless. SOS pads are a definite no-no. Micro particles of the steel
product WILL become imbedded in the stainless and WILL rust. The dent
in my passenger door was caused by something very big and very carbon
(certainly much bigger than a SOS pad). Particles of it must have
transferred to the stainless, because I still get rust spots in the
crease to this day. 

BTW: Abrasiveness doesn't matter, provided you follow the original
grain pattern. In fact some owners deliberately re-grain their cars to
cover cross scratches. 

And there is the ocassional owner who goes to the other extreme,
buffing the factory grain out altogether, leaving the stainless smooth
like a mirror (you'll probably see some examples at DCS'08).

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Farrar Hudkins <fhudkins@...> wrote:
> Hey, gang.
> My car went uncovered for a few days and now I have a few spots on my 
> passenger door that look like rust. Knowing that stainless CAN corrode 
> given the proper stimulant, I'm looking for something readily available 
> to clean this and a protector to put on in the meantime. A friend of 
> mine suggested "Peek" which he says is guaranteed non-abrasive (he uses 
> it to restore old saxophones) and available at any "good" hardware 
> store. (He's a Lowe's fan, so I think that means "available at 
> Lowe's"... LOL)
> What do you guys think -- Peek or no Peek? If not, I'm open to 
> recommendations -- but I don't want to wait for something to come in
> mail; I want to get it tonight or tomorrow and nip this in the bud 
> before my door is rusted!
> Thanks,
> Farrar Hudkins
> #2613

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