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Stainless Steel Maintenance

Contamination:

  • Routine cleaning (see below) repeated for a few days, will address superficial staining.
  • For rust spots created by a fragment or ordinary steel becoming embedded in the surface (identified by a "halo” around the affected area) pat with a 10% solution of nitric acid on a soft cloth or earbud, repeat until removed.
  • Hard rubbing will be required for severe stains, use a fine household abrasive (nylon scouring pad) and 10% nitric acid. Acid treatments must be followed by rinsing in ammonia or soda bicarb solution.
  • Be careful when using Acid or Ammonia, avoid contact, if accidental contact does occur then rinse immediately and soak in ammonia or soda bi-carb solution, followed by normal cleaning.

Dust & Mud:

Remove heavy debris with a high pressure cleaner or garden hose, then wash with a mild detergent and warm water. 

Oil & Grease:

Remove heavier deposits by wiping off first, followed by a wash with warm water and a mild detergent, use a water based degreaser if necessary. 

Stubborn Stains:

A paste made from fine chalk of Soda Bi-Carb with a soft cloth can be used. Alternatively the mildest household abrasive can be used (AVOID Handy Andy, Mr Min, Bleach, Engine Cleaner and any metal based cleaning material). 

Routine Cleaning:

Warm water and sunlight liquid with a soft cloth or sponge.

Stainless Steel repair kit 

Our stainless steel products are designed for the tough SA climate and the tougher SA driver!...But, life happens, and little scratches and nicks can be picked up, as you will have noticed, the shine comes back easily with a good clean, but, if you want to get the steel looking as good as new, please try our stainless steel repair kit, ARTAV part number 040T found in the Roll Bar / Grill Guard section.


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