HELP! How do you guys clean and polish your painted aluminum boats?

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  1. Sportsman777

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    I just bought an older 16ft Blue Fin aluminum boat, good shape just older boat and seen better days. What do you guys use to polish them up. Greatly appreciated!

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  2. piketroller

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    I keep mine well oiled with pike slime and accents of catfish roe and carp blood.
     
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    I don't.. It's a boat.
     
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    Damn, you're supposed to polish it too! :bonk:
     
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    Just be careful with salted cutbait/liver. I actually corroded/rotted a very small series of holes in my catfish boat right where the carpet meets the gunwhale with a forgotten chunk of salt/garlic liver. It was above the waterline but I still got it welded up.
     
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  6. tito

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    If its bare aluminum you can use a mid grade sand paper with some Mothers aluminum polish. Then polish out the deep scratches if any with some mid grade steel wool and Mothers. Will come out twice as better than new. The Mothers is like a wax will stay that way for a while. Might be too shinney for a boat. I got a painted boat use Mothers to get rid of the tannin stains using a rag at the end of the season.
     
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  8. Sportsman777

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    Thank u guys

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  9. Jimbo 09

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    Depends how bad it is. Use a wheel with cutting compound or finish cut depending on how oxidized it is. Then hit it with some polish and wax.
     
  10. kroppe

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    I wash the boat with no-name liquid car wash soap. Put a dollop in a bucket of water and wash it like a car. I don't wax my boat, but in the 80s my dad used car polish on his painted Starcraft Supersport and it made it look very nice.