The metals to be cleaned on a ship

There are many materials on the boat that must be properly maintained so that its useful life is extended and even that it does not entail any danger on board: metals, teak, fiber, ...

This time we will focus on metals. Many elements of the boat are metallic which, to avoid corrosion, need good maintenance, which will not only make the boat shine, it will also make it safer.

We can find steel in winches, nowadays stainless steel has more presence, but even so, corrosion and nitrate can damage it.

Bronze and brass have also been widely used in sailing, that is why we find many old boats with bronze or brass elements that have a green oxide layer which gives an impression of leaving.

brass detail

We are going to know the steps to properly clean these metal surfaces with products that help us protect and extend the useful life of these metals.

Steps to clean metal from the boat

1. Rust must first be removed.

To remove the oxide that has been created on the metal surface, we will use phosphoric acid and apply it to the surface with a brush. Phosphoric acid converts the oxide to iron phosphate, a black coating.

There are more natural products that we can find at home such as apple or lemon vinegar, which also help to remove rust. But perhaps they need more time to act.

polishing metals

2. Secondly we will polish the scratches that it had.

After rinsing the surface with fresh water and removing the phosphoric acid, we will clean the surface with a clean, dry cloth.

microfiber cloth is polish

3. The last step will be to apply the nautical metal polish

The application of nautical polish IS POLISH on metals, it not only restores the original shine of the piece, but also allows it to be kept in that state longer, since it prevents saltpeter from settling on its surface thanks to the protective layer it creates.

To apply the polish we only need to clean and dry the surface to be polished very well, apply a generous layer of polish and with a special sponge to polish nautical metals we will rub until there is almost no polish on the piece.

polishing sponge

To finish, we will remove the excess polish with a microfiber cloth. Next we will see how the piece has recovered its shine.

When the passage of time makes the piece matte, we will only have to pass a microfiber cloth to restore its shine.

mooring bit

Why is it necessary to use nautical metal polish?

We have explained to you how to polish the different metals found on the boat, but do you want to know why it is so useful to apply the nautical polish IS POLISH?

We explain what are the properties of this nautical polish:

  • Developed specifically for the nautical sector, because the environmental conditions suffered by these metals are not applicable to any other sector.
  • Suitable for all types of metals: steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, brass, zamak ...
  • Bluish color that provides a more lasting effect. Just by passing a microfiber cloth, the shine recovers after a few weeks.
  • Smooth texture that facilitates application, both manually and with an electric polisher.
  • Medium consistency that does not penetrate porous surfaces. In case of fall on other material, such as teak, it is easily removed with a cloth without leaving a stain.
  • Citric scent for a more pleasant use.
  • Without polluting solvents or silicones, because we like to help take care of the environment.
  • Easy to handle and store packaging.
  • A small amount achieves great performance, helping to save.
  • Available in 1/2 liter and 1 liter container.

bottles is polish

Professionals satisfied with the nautical polish IS POLISH

The actual experience of one of our clients and distributors, BCN Marine Store, guarantees that the result of IS POLISH polishing is satisfactory for demanding professionals.

Toni Bellés, renowned sailor and expert in old boat maintenance, gives us his opinion on the performance of the IS POLISH nautical polish.

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old boat rudder

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