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Galvanic corrosion is the process by which dissimilar metals, immersed in a common electrolyte (i.e. saltwater), actually form a battery and start corroding. Chrome and stainless steel hardware, hinges, cleats, stanchions and railings are under constant attack, especially in salt water. If not properly cared for, they will pit and corrode.
To reduce the effects of galvanic corrosion, spray down stainless steel, chrome and aluminum surfaces with fresh water when you get back to the dock to remove salt residues. Protect bright work by applying a marine wax or sealant routinely to all railings, stanchions, cleats, chocks, chrome and Stainless Steel hardware