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aluminium toe rail - how to scrape?

Hello all! As you can see from the attached link the aluminium toe tail of my Dufour 27 (1975) needs some work! I am considering scraping it off and give it abit of a polish rather than paint! Is there a recommended approach to ease scraping?
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It was most likely anodized which is not gonna scrape off with any kind of ease and painting it due to the amount of water it sees would IMHP become a nightmare

Taking it off and having a shop redo the anodizing would be the real cure
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Painting aluminum is a nightmare. Primer gets on everything, and is a funky color. It has to be applied within X minutes (75?) of the surface being exposed to air. The finish coat has to be applied within Y minutes (!) of the primer being dry. The finish coat runs everywhere. Touching up what's there with some automotive spray paint (MASK CAREFULLY and EXTENSIVELY!) might be the simplest Quick & Dirty option. When it wears off, you slap on some more. It would probably be simpler to buy another boat with nicer-looking rails than to try removing the ones you have.
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I had my alum' toe rail removed, sand-blasted and then powder coated - that's right, not anodized as it was originally, but powder coated in black (matching original). 8 years later and it looks like it was just refinished - EXCEPT for where it's taken a hard hit and the powder coating has chipped. But even in the damaged area, the chipping hasn't spread. That stuff is tough and stuck on good.

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I had my alum' toe rail removed, sand-blasted and then powder coated - that's right, not anodized as it was originally, but powder coated in black (matching original). 8 years later and it looks like it was just refinished - EXCEPT for where it's taken a hard hit and the powder coating has chipped. But even in the damaged area, the chipping hasn't spread. That stuff is tough and stuck on good.

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Would this job you did have cost less than buying new rail? or reanodizing the old?

On the one hand this kind of rail is probably getting a little hard to locate (though a member here recently did do just that).

I do agree with the others that a cosmetic coverup like painting is a non starter. Best to remove and retreat. The powder coating is an intriguing option, esp if it's not horrendously expensive.
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thanks for taking the time to reply.

I will investigate the powder coating option!

Forgot to mention that she is currently berthed limiting the options so will go for the paint job solution (without scraping). I will use the paint remover once she is the yard!

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I couldn't locate a replacement toe-rail for my discontinued Hughes / NorthStar 38, so remove and restore was my only option. It took me a while to find a place that could handle the 4 pieces each being about 20' long, but I did - a non-marine business near Hartford, CT. I'm sorry, I don't have the records and can't recall who they were, but it was a single proprietor and he charged me something like $350 - a good deal in retrospect given the durability.

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