Beautiful shiny stainless on your boat with virtually no work? That was the promise of Spotless Stainless . . . and they delivered!
As long as we’ve owned boats, Dave and I have cleaned our stainless by using any one of a number of products that required us to put it on and rub it off. Not just wipe off, but use some elbow grease and RUB.
This past winter, Spotless Stainless sent me a quart of their stainless cleaner to try. I’m 100% sold on it as being by far the easiest cleaner I’ve used, and one that gives great results. So far, it’s removed all the rust stains I’ve tried it on, including some on fiberglass. It also did a fantastic job on our grill, which had a combination of rust, food, and grease.
How to Use Spotless Stainless
It’s extremely simple to use. Shake the bottle. Pour some into a cup and brush it on using a cheap paintbrush (you can clean and reuse a bristle one indefinitely or a foam one will last through a few applications before disintegrating). Wait 30 minutes, putting a little more on if it starts to dry out. Rinse off and dry. That’s it.
The temperature needs to be over 70 degrees for it to work and it must stay moist. Warmer temperatures make it work faster but it will have more of a tendency to dry out and thus you may have to brush a bit more on. The mixture is thick, so it doesn’t run or drip.
I found that it generally took less than 30 minutes to come clean. Since it’s fairly hot here in the Florida Keys and I was reapplying Spotless Stainless every 10 minutes or so, I found that my bristle brush was loosening up a bunch of crud each time. Absolutely no effort.
To rinse it off, I use either my Aquabot, a hose or a wet rag. All work well and the rinse water has never damaged the polish on my gel coat (although I am careful not to get it on the gel coat full strength — I don’t know that it would take the polish off, but don’t want to find out that it does).
Other Advantages of Spotless Stainless
I like that it’s environmentally friendly, with no phosphoric acid and no phosphates.
The bonus is that Spotless Stainless also protects the stainless from future rust for 9 to 12 months (I’m going on 3 months with the first items I cleaned). Any product that we’ve used in the past has required us to put a protective coat on after we cleaned it — more time and more effort.
Aside from it just being easy to use in general, I particularly like it’s easy to get Spotless Stainless into crevices, rigging threads and around screws — anywhere that you can reach with a small brush, you can paint it on.
Where to Buy Spotless Stainless
More pictures of cleaning my Magma grill. I’ve also used it on stanchions, rails and rigging with equally good results, although the photos weren’t as dramatic.
By far the easiest stainless cleaning I’ve ever done.