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    I just bought a aluminum boat that is in not bad shape but I like to make the boat the best it can be. I have thought about polishing it to a chrome like finish but I don't want to put in the amount of work at this time, its 22' and there are no painted areas, except for decals, so I don't want to kill myself. Maybe sometime down the road, but I like the brushed look which is close to what the boat looked like new.
    I don't know what the procedure would be, but i am guessing Scotchbrite might come into play.
    Please help.
    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Brushed aluminum boat

    Generally the brushed look is achieved by light sanding in a controlled direction. I do it by sanding to a good smooth 240 or 400 grit finish, getting out all scratches, and then using 150, 100, or even 80 to achieve the look I want. Scotchbrite can achieve a different look. The essential part with either is to work in one direction only. And lightly. And the work must be smooth to start. If it is not smooth you end up with all kinds of scratches in all directions which doesn't look brushed; it just looks messy.

    Richard

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    • #3
      Re: Brushed aluminum boat

      I was told once I achieve the brushed aluminum look, there is no going to chrome look.
      What look would I achieve with Scotchbrite vs sand paper? Can you show me via pics?
      Thanks

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      • #4
        Re: Brushed aluminum boat

        if you want to see the different look just get a few pi├Ęces of scrap aluminium and do some samples with different grit sandpapers and scotchbrite pads and then decide the one one you like best.
        I don t know much about boats but i would think that the manufacturers would not have left the aluminium unprotected , is there somekind of a coating on there like a clear or was the aluminium anodized?
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        • #5
          Re: Brushed aluminum boat

          I think you are right about some protection. I will be going to a boat show this week and will ask. I am thinking I will just wash with soap and water. The boat has some smears I guess from some bumpers at a dock that the previous owners grazed. I don't want to clean those marks off and create a shiny spot because that would cause a whole bunch of work, as in polish the whole boat. I am not sure what will take them off.

          Still curious, is it true once you have brushed alumin. there is no going to chrome?
          Last edited by bcgreen; 02-01-2015, 06:11 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: Brushed aluminum boat

            No,however the deeper the scratches you will make to get a brushed finish the more work you will have to do to smooth them out to get a Mirror finish.
            i have never worked on items that size, i was more into car and motorcycle parts but i am sure that polishing a 22 feet boat to a Mirror finish will be a huge job.
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