Aluminum Boat Restoration Project Tips

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Aluminum is a simple metal, but restoring it to its proper
shine can be trickier than you might imagine. That’s why an aluminum boat
restoration project can often take longer than most boat owners anticipate. If
you want it to go as smoothly as possible, it helps to have an idea of what
you’re up against. That’s why we put together these quick tips!

Your Aluminum Boat
Restoration Checklist

The old adage—that failing to plan is planning to
fail—applies here. Think of your restoration as a recipe. You wouldn’t start a
recipe without first preparing the ingredients and making sure you have them
all handy. That’s what you’ll want to do: prepare your materials and safety
measures in one place before you begin. What does that include? Well, that
depends on the scope of your project. But here are a few ideas:

  • Aluminum Cleaner. If
    you’re restoring an old boat, there’s a chance that your aluminum needs some
    serious work. A little soap and water isn’t going to do the trick. That’s why
    we recommend a low-micron aluminum cleaner. It will brighten, polish, and
    protect, which helps leave your aluminum looking new after a thorough cleaning.
  • Gloves,
    goggles, and applicators.
    Basic safety materials are a must here. Keep your
    hands protected with appropriate gloves. And don’t forget the eyes. It’s easier
    than you might imagine to get a chemical or cleaner in your eye, especially
    when you lose concentration. A simple pair of goggles fixes that problem. And
    make sure that you work with the proper applicators as well. For instance, if
    you have a lot of boat to polish, you might want to think about using a power
    buffer.
  • Removers.
    Sometimes restoring a boat to its original luster is about removing the old
    gunk that has built up. Release
    is great for removing adhesives from metals.

If you have some light restoring to do, these materials will
serve you well. But what about when it comes to the restoration itself?

Tips for Improving
Aluminum

Want an aluminum boat restoration project that doesn’t end
in frustration? Here are our tips for making it work:

  • Use
    multi-taskers whenever possible.
    That’s why we recommended Aluminum
    Cleaner—it’s a cleaner that leaves behind protection. Multi-tasking equipment
    will reduce your overall work-time and can help make quick work of your boat.
  • Clean
    first.
    Cleaning out the areas you plan on restoring first can make your
    project a lot easier, and it will help you get one of the most frustrating
    steps out of the way early. You can even clean your boat after taking it out of
    the water and come back to it when you’re ready.

Getting your aluminum boat to look its best might seem hard
now, but there are ways of making it easier on yourself. Stick to our boat cleaning and restoration products,
and you’re sure to find a helping hand along the way. 

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