By Andrew Spaulding
Typically, I’m not one to push particular products with a hard sell. When asked, I will tell you what I think, but often the products that we choose to use every day on board our boats is a matter of personal choice. Many of them that occupy the same space are only significantly different on the outside of the bottle.
Once in a while there comes along a product that is so much better than what surrounds it on the shelf. CorrosionX is one of those products. I first saw CorrosionX used to rescue UHF boatyard radios that had fallen in the saltwater. If the battery was removed quickly enough and the circuit board was doused in CorrosionX, the chances were good that the radio would be fine. We also sprayed down engines with it to help slow the onslaught of corrosion in a saltwater environment. CorrosionX also helped with intermittent electrical problems by chasing away moisture from connections. I started using it to lubricate my multi-tool and it works great.
So, I moved from Connecticut to Chicago and didn’t think much about CorrosionX, mostly since corrosion is MUCH less of a problem on Lake Michigan. I wanted to get for my tools and when I stopped in the appropriate place in our Ship’s Store, it wasn’t there. So, I told the purchasing manager what great stuff CorrosionX is and he bought some for the store. I didn’t give it much thought until I went to a purchasing show with that same manager and I stopped by the CorrosionX booth.
At the CorrosionX booth, I learned why CorrosionX work so well and why it is better than the other products that limit corrosion. CorrosionX uses a technology called Polar Bonding where the molecules of CorrosionX have a positive and negative pole. These positive and negative poles actually bond to the surface of the metal, displacing whatever material is there. Due to Polar Bonding, CorrosionX causes common metals and metal alloys such as iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, etc. to chemically behave more like noble metals such as gold and platinum.
CorrosionX also has a dielectric characteristic, so it's safe on electronics and completely shuts down electrolysis between dissimilar metals. Even so, due to CorrosionX’s thin film technology, it won’t interfere with electrical connections. Actually, since the anti-corrosion properties will clean the contacts, it actually helps make electrical connections better.
I know it all sounds too good to be true, but it is. So if you are still wary of such kind words about a product you’ve never heard of, try it on your tools before you spray down your engine. If you have a stainless steel grill at home or on the boat, spray it down with CorrosionX. Come back in a day or two and wipe it off, you won’t remember a better looking grill.