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Old 12-13-2012, 10:50 PM
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I would use two micro-fiber towels and some elbow grease first, just to see if it yields your desired look. However if you use an obital polisher, then buy a 3 inch wool pad and make that your designated metal polish pad. Wash it with some Totally Awesome and warm water. It should look almost new.

As for the rail and the screws, you can take out 3 or 4 in a row with know worries. Just look where the rail stops and starts and leave one in on either side of that point. removing a few screws will save you from having to dig the the paste out of the heads. You cant hurt anything by leaving them in but you will see a little fur from the wool pad.

If you don't have an obital, this is a perfect time to pick one up. Cable and Porter is my personal favorite but there are a number of manufacturers. Please do NOT use a dremal tool it spins way to fast and could burn the metal. No boo boo's please. If you're like me accidents happen and to often so use the KISS method.
"Keep it simple stupid" is my montra. LOL
I'll look at my model number of my C&P obital and post it if I remember.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:55 PM
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Porter Cable 7424 XP Dual Action Orbital Polisher
http://www.autogeek.net/dual-action-polishers

The wool pad is a 4 inch pad...FYI

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:58 PM
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Thx ZachDaddy, you're a great help. Will come back to that topic as soon as I got my stuff from over the ocean and it get's little more comfortable where my boat is stored over the cold season. Will let you guys know how it works out, what I used and how I did it. I'll take this occasion to get me a nice tool ;-)

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:46 PM
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Ok, today it was not too cold outside so I gave it a try.

The first picture is before I started.
Firstly I tried some manual polishing with some metal polisher I found in our kitchen. I realized relatively fast that this would not lead to what I'm looking for. The rubrail is just too much oxidized.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:50 PM
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Then I tried my dremel, very low rpm and with a soft felt tool. It worked pretty good, however because of the small tool it took me a few minutes to get a section polished. Second picture is after...
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:13 PM
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So I did some more sections (one section is between two screws) and have to point out the following:

- it is a good idea to take out as much screws as needed to let the metal part come out/away from the rubrail so that you do not hurt the plastic part with the polishing tool

- I have currently 6 screws out and am polishing at about the middle of the loosened part

- I currently polish with about 10000 rpm but take care to move the tool steadily forth and back however it is to say that burning the metal is not done that easy

- Going on like this it will take me hours to get around

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