Cleaning an aluminum boat

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by tanner, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    what would you recommend for cleaning up an aluminum jon boat. mine is a little dingey and wondered if there was something out there that will help return it to it's original luster?
     
  2. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    simple green works good if you can get it.
     

  3. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    simple green huh? i will have to check it out. surely walmart or lowe's will have it eh?
     
  4. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    I'm sure they would. I've always bought it at the ace hardware. It works good to clean just about anything.
     
  5. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    sweet! thanks for the help!

    :rock-big:
     
  6. davesoutfishing

    davesoutfishing New Member

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    i have found that using a product called alluminex will remove any oxidation. then wax it with a car polish. Mine looks like glass!
     
  7. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    Tanner, I've tried cleaning mine with some aluminum polish that I got at WalMart. Whew! Takes a lotta elbow grease & rags to get it shiny again, and since I get tired easily & have a short attention span, only certain spots on my boat are shiny-clean. Some day I hope to be able to connect all the shiny spots!
     
  8. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    that's too funny bro!! lol. :thumbsup:
     
  9. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    ORIGINAL LUSTER????

    You DO plan on catfishing again dont you??? LOL


    You could rub a chocolate bar on it to spot-shine the bad spots.. then wash it off with a good soap and wax on-wax-off.

    Serious.

    and this aint no donny baker thing neither, Ill tell ya to yer face, man... I swear ta God, man!


    LOL

    Yes it will work but the above stuff does better.
     
  10. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    It might be a pain on something large as a boat but a real good thing to polish aluminum or chrome is..Aluminum Foil.I know it sounds crazy but try it on something sometime.Fold up some Foil like a cloth and pour a little water on the surface and rub.It's pretty amazing how it works, just keep the surface wet while you rub.It will even take light surface rust off off your chrome bumpers and mirrors on your truck.
     
  11. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    U CAN USE FLITZ AND A BUFFER IT WORKS GREAT ON MY DIAMONDPLATE TOOL BOX OR ANY ALUM. FOR THAT MATTER HOPE THIS HELPS:cool:
     
  12. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    there are several cleaners out there to clean it like toonbrite it will make it look good again. after you clean it with the toon brite then polish it with a buffer makes her shine
     
  13. tmuenster

    tmuenster New Member

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  14. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    Sal...you ain't right bro! hahaha ;)
     
  15. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    I have three words for ya Tanner,

    Olive Drab Paint

    Forget the polishing man, go fishin'! This ain't no beauty contest!:0a23:
     
  16. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    if you live near a chemical store they should have this stuff called alum. acid alot of dealers use it. you spray it on with a squirt bottle and wait for it to turn white and foamy then just hose it off with the water hose. it will remove about anything.
     
  17. 1stpalindrone

    1stpalindrone New Member

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    Alright, I only do this once or twice a month but I like to use 20+ lb Blue Catfish. If you can hook yerself a good sized cat as your trying to wrestle him into the boat, go ahead and let him slap against the side of yer boat a few times. As your catching these large catfish alternate to the opposite side of the boat thata way you get a good coating of fish oil on each side. After fishing like this a few hours (I know, it takes time and commitment) there should be a good amount of film built up which on the way back to the ramp will polish up great since the boat should be taking on several extra inches of water due to the mass quantities of fatties aboard.

    Anyway, like I said, I do this every chance I get and my boat stays purdyenuff for me...:cool:
     
  18. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    you ain't right! ;):)
     
  19. rookie_cater

    rookie_cater New Member

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    You can look/get stuff for polishing/cleaning aluminum at your local Harley Davidson shop!!
     
  20. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Just go out to the middle of the river or lake and pull the drain plug. Throw it overboard. Your boat will be clean by the time you get to shore, if you do. LOL