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DRM 04-12-2006 08:17 AM

Getting Toe Rail Black Again
 
I have a black anodized toe rail that is faded and chalky. Anyone had any luck making these look good again?

jared 04-12-2006 11:31 AM

The problem is that anything you can do to the toerail, will wear. If you paint it, paint wears (especially if you have cars on it). If you use a deck treatment (StarBrite or whatever) it may look darker and shinier--but will need repeated applications to keep it that way.

You may be able to find a reblacking kit from a gunsmithing supply (Brownell's) that will chemically re-etch it, but that's going to be a slow and expensive process.

I'd put a pin-up on the mast to distract the eyes, and just go sailing.<G>

sailingdog 04-12-2006 01:46 PM

Or just color it in with a Sharpie marker... ;)

DRM 04-13-2006 03:58 PM

Jared,
I like your ides of the pin-up.
What do you think of getting one of the models from the boat show to lounge on the deck?
A freind used WD40 and that worked until it rained, then he had black streaks down his hull.
I do not think paint would stay on.
I need something that will soak in.

sailingdog 04-13-2006 07:52 PM

If you can remove the toe rail (unlikely) then you can have it re-anodized if it is aluminum.


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