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    Anyone know how to clean/polish real bad looking aluminum. My boat had been stting up for a couple years and the aluminum on the leaning post looks terrible. I have tried Mothers Aluminum Polish and saw no results. I have uses sos pads to clean other metal but wanted to ask before potentionally messing up.
    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank


  • #2
    I've had good luck with Woody Wax and bronze wool.

    http://www.woody-wax.com/metals.php
    Capt Kevin ~~~><((((*>[br][br] 2520 MVSC \"Chesapeake Edition\"[br]Annapolis, Maryland[br]http://ClassicParker.com/

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    • #3
      Have you throught about having it powder coated or painting it?

      Rude Attitude's new top sure looked good powdercoated.[]

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      • #4
        There is not anything I don't like about Rude Attitude, that is one beautiful boat. I have looked at the weekends pictures 3x's just to admire that boat. However I have spent alot of money in very little time (powder coat $$)and like the look of polished aluminum next to teak. I refinished all teak over the weekend and now couldn't imagine replacing with starboard. I am enjoying the work and if I can make look good for a little money and some elbow grease I am all for it.
        \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
        \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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        • #5
          Alumibrite may help, but if the aluminium is heavily oxidized, there's probably no hope. With my old T-Top, emory cloth, Alumibrite, emorycloth, alumibrite, etc seemed to work best. Spray the Alumibrite on with a handpump sprayer and let it set for 1-2 hrs, then wash with water and hit it with emory cloth. I liek the look of the aluminium, but it sure is hard to keep up with down South. Good luck. I have 1/2 gal of Alumibrite in the garage that I will never need if you want to pick up a quart or so.
          Artie Sutherland[br]Rude Attitude -\'76 Mako 25 CC. - SOLD[br]1976 Mako 21[br]2002 Yellowfin 31 - 300 hp Suzukis[br]Gulf Coast, Mississippi[br]

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          • #6
            If it is oxidized really bad your only option may be sanding it down through the oxidation, then keep progressevly going up to higher grades of paper. End up around 1000 grit then buff with several grades of compound, ending up with some good glaze. You will have to make sure to keep it waxed after this, as you will lose the anodization, and it will corrode quickly under salt conditions.

            Unless of course, you know a good local who could reanodize it for you.

            Good luck.

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            • #7
              I would like to know where you can get a gallon of alumibrite. My neighbor gave me a little when I rebuilt my boat last year. But I can't find any to buy.

              Is the alumibrite you are talking about made by Zep?

              The cleaner i used was made by Zep I believe.

              I looked in a new Zep catalog and it is called Zep-a-lume, but is sold in a 4 gallon case and larger.

              Thanks for the help.
              Tinys Mako 21[br]Slidell, La

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              • #8
                I have to thank Megabyte. I finally left my inner accountant at home and went to store and purchased Woody Wax. It was expensive but worth every penny and then some. That stuff is unbelieveable, I only wish I had before and after pics to show results. I have spent hours with (cheap)Mothers aluminum polish - it kicked my [email protected]* and didn't do a good job. Woody wax and bronze wool is easy to use and most important it works.
                \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                • #9
                  I have to thank Megabyte. I finally left my inner accountant at home and went to store and purchased Woody Wax. It was expensive but worth every penny and then some. That stuff is unbelieveable, I only wish I had before and after pics to show results. I have spent hours with (cheap)Mothers aluminum polish - it kicked my [email protected]* and didn't do a good job. Woody wax and bronze wool is easy to use and most important it works.
                  \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                  \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                  • #10
                    Im going to say the post was anodized and thats why you cant get it to shine up
                    Lindenhurst, New York[br]Please email me if you are seeking advice so that I can answer when I have the free time to devote to your question. Thank you.[br]www.raybomarine.com

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