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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping it clean?

Hello all,

Every year I polish the hull of my aluminum boat, and I was wondering if anyone can reccomend a product to keep it nice. I was looking at a product called Shark Hide, but wanted to see if anyone else has good results with anything.

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Re: Keeping it clean?

Well I assume you have an un-painted boat.

Unless you keep it in the water, like apoontoon, I just let it oxidize and it stays clean looking.

If you have a poontoon, and it is in the water, and gets that black stain then you need to firts go to a coin-op or use a pressure sprayer. Clean off the bacteria and the 'growth'. Rinse well with plain water. Let dry and get the cheapest vinagar you can buy. Trader Horn sells it for $1.50 a gallon on sale. put it in a spray pump garden sprayer, and spray it liberally. Start at the top and work around then down as it will stain as it cleans. rinse with a hose and that is as clean as it will get.

Shark Hide is just a mild acid, probably vinager.

the polish they sell is just fine rubbing compound, which you can get at a discount auto parts cheaper. lots of rubbing. I also use Flitz polish, which is made for polishing aluminum airplanes.

Really, short of painting it...there is nothing you can do that will last. When you finish you could get a marine wax (West Marine) and that would help. but if you store in the water, expect it to just oxidise again.
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Re: Keeping it clean?

Polish the boat hull on an aluminum boat?
Not in my lifetime.
I come to fish . not be in a parade.
Sorry I can't be of more help, I'd just drink another beer and forget about it myself.......
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Re: Keeping it clean?

My boat lift is aluminum, I used this before discovering vinegar. Works fine a little expensive. I used rubber gloves, with a scrub brush and sponge.

Most of Star-bright products are good marine quality.
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Re: Keeping it clean?

I saw something on a show called Midwest Outdoors and they had an episode about cleaning boats. But can't remember what the product was called but it was sprayed on and it foamed up and lifted all the dirt off. Just needed a water hose to rinse it off.
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Re: Keeping it clean?

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Polish the boat hull on an aluminum boat?
Not in my lifetime.
I come to fish . not be in a parade.
Sorry I can't be of more help, I'd just drink another beer and forget about it myself.......
My nomination for the most helpful post of the year...NOT!

Thanks for the advise everyone else.

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Re: Keeping it clean?

mabey when its finally cleaned try spraying a clearcoat over it. might help seal the alum. mild acids will clean it quite well, its the last step befor painting alum.

if you bought it, a trucker brought it
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