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epnault
06-23-2014, 01:32 PM
Hi Guys,
Hoping someone has some experience here. I have an old alumicraft row boat that came with our cabin and looks like it has been laying in the weeds for about 10 years. Lots of brown and other stains. I tried hitting it with the pressure washing but it wasn't doing the trick. Any ideas on how I can get this back to it shine? Grinder, polishing, chemicals.....
Eric

cbryan70
06-23-2014, 01:35 PM
http://www.autogeek.net/3m-aluminum-boat-polish.html?productid=3m-aluminum-boat-polish&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleProductSearch&utm_campaign=CSE&gclid=CjgKEAjwoJ-dBRDbjfKN7IzN0FsSJAAP0G_DkEpaC7yr2caP11XdVu0zop8uq P1sDHU_6ft-QA5Z8vD_BwE

I would get a high speed somthing to do this. NO clue on what type of pad you would use. Its alot of work

76S&S
06-23-2014, 02:10 PM
I would start with a cleaner like "toon-brite" or something similar.

bobx1
06-23-2014, 03:56 PM
A lot of "pontooners" use Toon-Brite and many use Air Condition Coil Cleaner (same basic stuff).

I have used Toon Brite but did not really like the results - kind of turned it white. Try just a little bit before going crazy with it.

These guys also have a cleaner and their protectant is fantastic.

http://www.sharkhide.com/

cruiser
06-23-2014, 06:13 PM
S O S PAD AND ELBOW GREASE. WILL SHINE LIKE CRAZY. DID MINE A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND IT STILL LOOKS GREAT. (I don't catch anymore fish though.)

mgs96ps
06-23-2014, 06:56 PM
Airplane stripper if you want to get nasty.

epnault
06-24-2014, 09:31 AM
Thanks for the help guys. I ended up using a pontoon cleaner and it was so easy. Sprayed it on with a small weed sprayer and rinsed it with a pressure washer. So easy. Thanks for the tips guys. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/24/ebejutyp.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/24/2ypu9uze.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/24/usute9a3.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/24/qyhu2epa.jpg


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crank
06-24-2014, 08:29 PM
That would look pretty cool if you polished it to a mirror finish, check the aircraft related threads and boards, they will have some tips on polishing aluminum.
Regards

thatsmrmastercraft
06-24-2014, 08:44 PM
That cleaned up really well.