What works on aluminum? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-15-2013
rbyham's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 353
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 2
rbyham is on a distinguished road
What works on aluminum?

Would love to restore shine to original aluminum rub rail in pic. Tried Meguairs aluminum mag cleaner but did nothing. All kinds of products at WM store. Does any of this stuff work? Would love to see 1966 again. :-) can u wet sand aluminum?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 11-15-2013
Delta-T's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 389
Thanks: 22
Thanked 27 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 1
Delta-T is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

There is probably a sealer or anodized finish on the rub rail. Yes it can be wet sanded. You can get a 1500 micron wet sandpaper at an automotive store. This maybe a little fine to remove the finish, maybe start with a 400 grit. Rail will need to be coated to keep from oxidizing. Others here will tell you what to use.
__________________
Delta-T
1969 Bristol 32 Keel/CB Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 11-15-2013
chucklesR's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
Posts: 5,958
Thanks: 10
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 9
chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough
Re: What works on aluminum?

I used jewelers rouge and a buffer wheel to mirror shine a buddies aluminum window rails.
You'll have to clear coat them to keep them from going again.
Your other (easier) choices include new stainless rub rails.
__________________
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 11-15-2013
Markwesti's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 270
Thanks: 90
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Markwesti is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

Your boat is a good looking classic . My choice would be to replace the Alu. with SS.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 11-16-2013
rbyham's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 353
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 2
rbyham is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

Thanks for the feedback folks. While ss replace would be easiest and probablylook best iI am working hard to keep costs down. So I am inclined to try cleaning/sanding alum first. Sounds like the clearcoat is a good idea. Are there any options to cc? Cc seems like it would mean take the rail off first. But I am trying to disturb as little as possible from 1966. Whatcha think? If I remove would I be correct in thinking new ss screws and boat life? See better pic below... Sorry... For some reason system keeps giving me internal error on upload... Oh well
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 11-16-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Milton, DE
Posts: 593
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Flybyknight is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 11-16-2013
Delta-T's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 389
Thanks: 22
Thanked 27 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 1
Delta-T is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

I would be very careful with using any industrial stripper or chemicals on this project. You could destroy the bedding and or gel coat. That Blue color is a paint I assume. I don't think there were many colors other than white back in 66?

1500 micro wet/dry is the same grit as a finish polishing compound.

You know your boat is old when your favorite cleaning tool is sandpaper.

Here is one clear coat product called Sharkhide http://www.eastwood.com/sharkhide-al...ant-quart.html
__________________
Delta-T
1969 Bristol 32 Keel/CB Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA

Last edited by Delta-T; 11-16-2013 at 01:32 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 11-24-2013
rbyham's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 353
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 2
rbyham is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

I found a clear spray on paint type product at Home Depot. I think rustoleum makes it. Will that work? I experimented today with a one foot length of the rub rail. Wetsanding brought up the shine pretty quickly. So I am confident I can get the shine back but if I do I want to get it protected right. Any concerns with the rustoleum?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 11-24-2013
Delta-T's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 389
Thanks: 22
Thanked 27 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 1
Delta-T is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

Only if the can says for exterior use. As with any one part air dried paint, you will only get a limited amount of years out of it. It might be easier to use a good quality wax once a year.
__________________
Delta-T
1969 Bristol 32 Keel/CB Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 11-25-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
Posts: 1,790
Thanks: 6
Thanked 41 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Stumble is on a distinguished road
Re: What works on aluminum?

I wouldn't use anything on the aluminum. If you want to keep it looking bright then wax it regularly, anything else will look terrible in a year or so when it starts to peel off and you have to strip the whole thing down again. Painting aluminum is a tricky deal that requires special primers to even have a shot of getting paint to stick, and even then it frequently comes off. This has to do with the rapid oxidation rate of bare aluminum and a simple clear coat won't do much to slow it down.
__________________
Greg Rubin
Attorney
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How sailing works at the Olympics NewsReader News Feeds 0 06-20-2012 02:20 AM
Rain gear that works arf145 Gear & Maintenance 23 12-27-2010 12:01 PM
I believe this is how my tranny works LakePirate Gear & Maintenance 1 07-15-2010 02:24 PM
In the works poopdeckpappy Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 06-25-2007 11:46 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:15 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.