How do I clean an aluminum boat???

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by drpepper, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    I Am bringing my unpainted (except for the inside) aluminum Blue fin outta retirement... Anybody know a good way to bring back that mirror aluminum shine back to a heavily oxidized aluminum boat?
    I have a 2500 psi pressure spayer that don't help a bit... lol
     
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  2. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Napa Auto Aluminum Wheel Cleaner??

    But, why would you want a shiny fishing boat??
     

  3. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    My neighbor mr. Jones has one- lol. To be honest, I ain't got any reason other than just wanting to clean 'er up like it used to be. I'm weird like that :big_smile:
     
  4. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    eagle one cast mag cleaner... it is a mild acid that will strip the aluminum then polish with mothers aluminum polish on a buffer.. .. just did one a few weeks ago that had been laying under a pine tree for about 10 years and it looks like new...
     
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  5. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    'Tis your boat. Just seems that "shiny" is going to work against you.

    But then, them bass guys like bright sparklely boats so what do I know??

    I reckon it would be easier to reclean one than repaint one.
     
  6. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    I've got two other aluminum boats that I'll just leave with that dirty aluminum look.... unless I get bored.
     
  7. line stretcher blues

    line stretcher blues New Member

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    i bought a product called aluminum brite that works great , just spray on and hose off. I found it at a pool supply place in madin nc but can't remember the name of the place. it was 8.00 gal. you can find that kind of cleaner on the net but more expensive. workes great i used it on a pontoon i bought.
     
  8. mavmannate

    mavmannate New Member

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    OHHH.... My friend, Im the SAME way... when I got my boat, it was spick and span, and I keep my boat in the streen on the side of my house, which is under a tree, but I keep it there because I can peek out my front window and its in sight so I can see if someone is around it messing around.
    But Under a tree, it gets pooped on by birds, leaves frm the tree, sticks,.... Drives me NUTS! :angry:

    Bird crapped right on the fuel gauge!!!!
    If the city allowed it, I would bring out the big artilery! BB Guns!
     
  9. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    i use zephyr aluminum polish on a mothers power ball for all my aluminum wheeels and engine parts and it is great..the pwoer ball is worth the money and the zephyr stuff is at truck stops and has worked better for me than eagle, american racing, mothers, or never dull
     
  10. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    You don't....You make Shane do it:smile2::smile2::smile2:...W
     
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    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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  12. Salthart

    Salthart New Member

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    There is a product that you can buy at any heating and AC place called Coil Bright. It will cut the oxide by just spraying it on and washing. And then you can use a polish if you like.

    Follow directions because this stuff is pretty harsh.
     
  13. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Get a gallon of aluminum brightner from the local parts store,spray it on,hose it off. It wont be shiny ,but it will look better. I use the stuff on semi truck fuel tanks and wheels. works great.