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I did a search first!!! Aluminum question...

Old 06-21-2019, 09:30 AM
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Hey all. AS it states in the title, I did a very long search for the forum police!

I have a 1 year old boat with lots of aluminum. A very small spot that has some pitting and looking to find a product to protect it the whole t-top. I will need to clean it first...soap and water? Dedicated aluminum cleaner? Does it matter?

After cleaning, is there a good protectant you guys use? Think I have it down to Sharkhide or Alumatron. Have used Sheila Shine in the past. Want something longer lasting. Thanks for your help.
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I use Rupp Aluma Gaurd as recommended by the folks who installed our bay boat t top years ago. Still looks like new. Applied about 3-4 times a year. Also rinse with fresh water and chamois dry after every use.
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hey all. As it states in the title, i did a very long search for the forum search cop!
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I use Rupp Aluma Gaurd as recommended by the folks who installed our bay boat t top years ago. Still looks like new. Applied about 3-4 times a year. Also rinse with fresh water and chamois dry after every use.
Do you use it as a protectant?
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woody wax is another good product
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Sharkhide and woody wax work well
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Old 06-23-2019, 01:40 AM
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Alumaguard or woody wax. I use both : alternating between the two. No pitting, smells good too
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Mystery should be along shortly to let you know you didn’t search well enough.

I use Sharkhyde and for me it lasts for several years. I do keep my boat covered when not in use tho.
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Mystery should be along shortly to let you know you didn’t search well enough.

I use Sharkhyde and for me it lasts for several years. I do keep my boat covered when not in use tho.
Thanks. I guess I am leaning in that direction.
Do you use any sort of dedicated aluminum cleaner before hand? Would just assume use soap and water.
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I just used soap & water on my boat. But my whole boat is aluminum plate and I did it when it was new and still had the mill scale shine.

I learned the the hard way, do not use Simple Green as a soap on aluminum. If not 100% thoroughly rinsed, it will pit al.

For other projects, I’ve tried various polishes before Sharkhyde with varied results. The big problem is making sure you get every bit of the polish cleaned off with lacquer thinner before wiping on the Sharkhyde. Next time I will try Sharkhyde’s polish.

Don’t have a stroke when you see the cost of Sharkhyde. It goes a loooong way. I did fair portions of my 20’ boat, an al. trailer, pieces parts like fenders & stone guards of several other trailers and I still have enough of the original can left to probably do my boat another time.
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I have tried Sheila Shine, Aluma Guard and Tower Guard, cannot notice much of a difference between any of them, none of them do anything to existing corrosion besides make it look a little better.
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Fluid film is a great dressing for aluminum. It’s essentially the same as woody wax at half the price.
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Fluid film is a great dressing for aluminum. It’s essentially the same as woody wax at half the price.
How do you use it? I have some FF I have used on the undercarriage of my truck but it is a gooey film coating.
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