to polish or leave dull looking

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by BIG_D, Oct 30, 2009.

would you polish the aluminum or leave it dull grayish looking

  1. polish

  2. dull grayish

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  1. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i am planing to leave the lower half of my boat unpainted would you polish the aluminum or leave it dull grayish looking
     
  2. Colsrob

    Colsrob Active Member

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    If you polish, it will help it cut through the water better, thus increasing your top end, even if just slightly. You could also leave it dull, but put on a nice coat of wax.

    Personally, once it's in the water nobody can see the lower half anyway. If it's just for the sake of looking good, I wouldn't bother.
     

  3. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    I say polish. I like to shine. Show's pride and keep you from beaching it on stuff. :wink:
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Do it the way Dallas would like it. Its an on going project. Its not over until you decide its over.:big_smile:
     
  5. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    I voted polish, but then I started thinking......:eek:oooh: Don't get it too shiny, it will be like a mirror and it could spook the catfish......:crazy:
     
  6. viperdragon6662003

    viperdragon6662003 New Member

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    i say polish it but not to a mirror finish just enough to make it look good
     
  7. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    It won't stay that way unless you keep pulling it off the trailer and flipping it over and re-polishing every so often. I'd say to polish just enough to take care of any corrosion issues then flip it over and start fishing!
     
  8. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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  9. Randy

    Randy New Member

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    I could be wrong but that oxidized gray finish protects aluminum from salt and other corrosive agents.
     
  10. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    Oxidization IS the problem...im sure a layer of it will somewhat protect whats behind it but thats like not painitng a rusty car and saying the rust is better for it
     
  11. playin4funami

    playin4funami New Member

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    I voted leave it a dullish grey,just clean it well and wax it,polishing removes aluminum and weakens the metal on thin sheets(doesn't effect a thicker peice the same) and will just turn right back to a dull grey. I had a friend who polished his aluminum boat and he had to polish it about every month to keep it halfways shiney,time that would have been better spent fishing out of the boat if you ask me.
     
  12. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    Randy you are 100% right it does protect it i have read up on this to make sher i could get by with leaving it bare
     
  13. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    NO Jeffro Randy is right in this case oxidization is good for aluminum it does indeed protect it !!!!!!!!
     
  14. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    I'd say clean it up a little. Maybe use some rubbing compound but it will just oxidize all over again. Maybe give it a clear coat and polish the clear coat. The smoother it is the easier to keep clean.
     
  15. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    My lower half is dull and it runs just fine. When I come in full of mud I just take the old power washer to it and I'm ready to go again. Not only that but it has that "I've been fishing look" about it:smile2::smile2::smile2: Polish a very small area this winter and check it next spring and see which way floats your boat. I've gotta vote with Mickey though, when you're satisfied then you are through. Stay safe and Happy Holidays!!!:wink:
     
  16. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i am leaning towerd the dull myself yes i want the old girl to look good but the only time it will be seen is on the trailer botom line i got it to fish out of not polish on lol and i be darnd if i am crawling under the trailer or flipping the boat every time i turn around to polish her :eek:oooh::eek:oooh::eek:oooh: nope not going to happen :smile2::smile2:
     
  17. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    I think that by the time you get your boat polished, I'm going to have all of the fish you could have had in the livewell. Thanks for polishing. Of course you can also look at it another way, if you use your boat regularly then the oxidation won't have time to build up. Later Andy
     
  18. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    i voted polish but that would be only if i had the time and energy :big_smile:
     
  19. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Every little dent and dink will be magnified with polishing.
    They'll stand out like milk weed in a row of dixie lee peas.

    And there again, it's a fishing boat.
    Like someone said, you don't want to be flashing on the water.
     
  20. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    Mark, what's a "dixie lee pea?"

    Also, I like that profile pic. I think it would be better if you were a little farther from the camera though:crazy: