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As one of the many projects I plan to complete this winter I am replacing the block or pad that my outboard attaches to along with adding a spacer block between the motor bracket and the hull so my motor tips all the way out of the water. Now I'm looking at the aluminum bracket its self and wondering how I should go about cleaning and polishing it so the whole set up looks new. It has a couple of spots of random paint on it but besides that its in good shape. Looking for what I should use to clean and polish and if I should be applying some kind of finish to the aluminum to keep it shining. Thank you in advance.
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

It is likely anodized. Cutting into that would only promote corrosion. Your best bet to make it look better would be to disassemble and have it power coated.

How does the rest of your boat look?
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

The rest of the boat looks brand new. Before last season the whole exterior got new paint, nonskid on the topside and bottom paint. I removed it then reinstalled after the paint. Just one of those things I didnt get to on the overhaul.
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

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As one of the many projects I plan to complete this winter I am replacing the block or pad that my outboard attaches to along with adding a spacer block between the motor bracket and the hull so my motor tips all the way out of the water. Now I'm looking at the aluminum bracket its self and wondering how I should go about cleaning and polishing it so the whole set up looks new. It has a couple of spots of random paint on it but besides that its in good shape. Looking for what I should use to clean and polish and if I should be applying some kind of finish to the aluminum to keep it shining. Thank you in advance.
Anodize it yourself, pretty simple and you control the process... take a look:

diyanodizing DOT com/files/ANODIZING_BASICS DOT pdf

(replace the DOT with a period and paste to the search bar)

Chemicals are easy to get as well as the charger for the voltage... I do this very often and includes 'dyes' to get various colors of anodized aluminum.

The other method is to take rouge of various grades and polish with a polishing wheel, I've done this method too and you can get a mirror look that simulates chrome... only problem is you have to apply a clear sealant very often as the aluminum will dull and oxidize you'll be back to the polishing wheel... both methods look great, anodizing is the least troublesome but not as bright as polishing with the rouge...

Good luck.

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Re: how do I make this thing shine

I use Nuvite 7 with a wool buffer pad to get a mirror finish on my Airstream, followed by Nuvite S and soft cotton pads to get rid of the swirls, followed by Collinite 885 fleet wax to preserve the shine.
Same regimen as used by Airlines that don't paint their planes.

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Re: how do I make this thing shine

thanks Dick. thats what I was looking for
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

I would just leave it alone. If you start polishing, you will either have to take the thing appart (difficult b/c of the spring tension), or have a bunch of un-polished parts that you can't get to. If you do decide to polish, you can get amazing results. I bought a pair of painted aluminum horn cleats. I sanded the paint off, then polished. They have a few dings, but, otherwise are like mirrors.
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

I second the NuVite suggestion - I polished an entire airplane with it to make a flying mirror. You will learn a lot about polishing also. If you have a bench grinder, you can put a buffing wheel in it (remove the guard) and polish each part. Aluminum can be polished very easily with polishing compound. If you don't want to pay for the cosly Nuvite, go to your local Sears store in the tool section and get some "buffing compound" in a stick form. Hold the stick (get the white one) on the buffing wheel for a second or two,then buff the aluminum. You will have to repeat this process when it no longer "bites" the metal. You will be pleased with the results. Good luck!
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

We have some Prism Polish that we keep on hand for all kinds of cleaning and polishing.
We like Prism Polish. If it were me I would have tried some on this bracket.
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Re: how do I make this thing shine

Now wait just a minute here - you are a ABH3 and don't know how to shine things on a boat?
Get out the NeverDull and elbow grease

Seriously, get a buffing wheel and some jewler's rouge (red stick of polish) - that's all it takes. Any hardware store should stock it.
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