Common questions

How do you clean and polish a bronze propeller?

How do you clean and polish a bronze propeller?

I clean the stainless steel shaft and bronze prop down to clean metal with a wire brush on an electric drill. Wipe with solvent and apply two coats of a non-metallic primer. I have used Interprotect successfully but other non-metallic primers work as well.

How do I clean barnacles off my propeller?

Apply hydrochloric acid or commercial hull cleaner to the surface. Scrape away the remaining pieces. Lastly, clean the surface with a lime remover and wash the propellers thoroughly.

Can you clean bronze with Brasso?

Brasso works on brass, copper, chrome, bronze, stainless steel, pewter, and aluminum. It’s a cleaner, polish and protection solution in one, for when you need to buff up lackluster brass, kitchenware and more – no polishing wheel required.

Should I polish my propeller?

A smooth surface will prevent marine life from attaching itself to the propeller. When a propeller is not polished the right way, the fouling can quickly re-establish itself on a rough propeller and your back to square one.

How do you clean heavily corroded brass?

Combine the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of baking soda and stir until it becomes a paste. Apply the paste with a soft cloth. If the tarnish is heavy, let the piece sit with the paste on it for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry.

What does oxidation on brass look like?

Oxidized brass is typically blackish, green or blue, and hardens like a thick crust over the surface of the brass. This coating typically flakes off and can be removed to reveal the shiny brass surface. Oxidation has no effect on the integrity of the brass the way corrosion does.

Will a pressure washer remove barnacles?

Pressure washers aren’t very effective on young underdeveloped barnacles, and you’re more likely to damage your hull’s paintwork or gelcoat by using one. When scraping to remove barnacles, use plastic scrapers or wooden spatulas, which cause less damage to the hull than metal scrapers.