Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 21

Thread: Aluminum Boat Polish

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    19

    Default Aluminum Boat Polish

    There was a guy in the Fairbanks area advertizing some kind of aluminum polish on Craigslist, but I can't find the ad anywhere. I am trying to find a good polish to get my Wooldridge a mirror finish, anyone recommend a polish that I can use or know what the guy was selling this stuff? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. #2

  3. #3
    Member broncoformudv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Posts
    4,670

    Default

    A lot of guys use shark hide products and it seems to hold up well.

  4. #4
    Moderator bkmail's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Palmer, AK.
    Posts
    4,117

    Default

    I have used FLITZ, bought it at the sportsmans show. Alot of elbow grease to apply and shine.
    I think shark hide is better though....from what I have read.
    BK

  5. #5
    Member Sierra Hotel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chugiak
    Posts
    637

    Default

    I put in about 100 hours this spring polishing with Flitz. It works and my boat looks better than it did, but my results are not what I originally envisioned, despite acid wash, dropping $$$ on a Dewalt polisher, sanding pads, wool pads, etc, and weary arms. Sharkhide is a protectant/sealant, not a polisher. My experience is that it works great, but put it on very carefully - I missed a couple of spots that have oxidized, and will require polishing and sealing again. YMMV . . .

  6. #6

    Default

    [QUOTE=Sierra Hotel;1160497 Sharkhide is a protectant/sealant, not a polisher. [/QUOTE]

    They also make a polish, it also works well.

    https://sharkhide.com/cart/index.php...products_id=10

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    19

    Default

    Thanks for the info from everyone...So, the shark skin is something you want to apply after polishing?

  8. #8
    Member Swissy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    345

    Default

    really dumb question, but how do you polish the area bottom without missing the trailer bunks? I assume you have to lift somehow...
    '04 Hewescraft 24' Searunner
    200hp Honda 4stroke
    + multiple other 'toys'...

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    19

    Default

    Yeah, I plan to use jacks and cribbing to lift the boat from the trailer.

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Swissy View Post
    really dumb question, but how do you polish the area bottom without missing the trailer bunks? I assume you have to lift somehow...
    I used an engine hoist at each ring on the transom and straped the front to a fork lift to pull the trailer

    Then stabilized it with jacks

    Then thought I might as well change colors


    and add a few reflective stripes

  11. #11
    Member IceKing02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Eagle River
    Posts
    552

    Default

    Whoa! Now that's where I'd like to park and work on my boat...nice work!!!

  12. #12
    Member Swissy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    345

    Default

    yeah... um, I have a short sloped driveway leading up to my carport. Not happening here! LOL Oh well...
    '04 Hewescraft 24' Searunner
    200hp Honda 4stroke
    + multiple other 'toys'...

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    19

    Default

    That might be a problem for me too, I guess I haven't really thought about the bottom too much. I just want the top part done for now. The nice job on the hewescraft makes me want to get going on the project though.

  14. #14
    Member Sierra Hotel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chugiak
    Posts
    637

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonsboat View Post
    They also make a polish, it also works well.

    https://sharkhide.com/cart/index.php...products_id=10
    I stand corrected, thank you sir!

  15. #15
    Member TWB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla
    Posts
    3,573

    Default Aluminum Boat Polish

    Touch base with sport_drifter. Just glancing at Todd's boat you just know he puts forth a high level of pride in keeping his boat clean and well maintained. I had to wear sunglasses because of the glare.

    Sure he'd have some good advice on keeping the aluminum bright and shiny.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

  16. #16
    Member Frostbitten's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Alaska - I wasn't born here, but I got here as soon as I could!
    Posts
    3,279

    Default

    I never saw a reason to polish the bottom of my Hewescraft...seemed like an awful lot of work to shine up something that nobody would ever see.

  17. #17
    Member Bullelkklr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    4,835

    Default

    I'd shine mine up - but I'd hate to make that aluminum thinner.........LOL. If I had a shop that big and clean, well, I would have to shine up my boat - and my tool box, and my..........

  18. #18
    Sponsor potbuilder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Palmer
    Posts
    4,229

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Swissy View Post
    yeah... um, I have a short sloped driveway leading up to my carport. Not happening here! LOL Oh well...
    Bring it to work with ya, you guys like to clean wax and polish stuff !!!

    Alaska Shrimp Pots

    Rigid & Folding Shrimp & Crab Pots
    Electra Dyne Pot Haulers
    Ropes, Buoys, Bait
    alaskashrimppots.com
    akshrimppots@mtaonline.net
    907 775 1692

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    1,892

    Default Aluminum Boat Polish

    Do I give my friends advice? Jesus, no. They wouldn't take advice from me. Nobody should take advice from me. I haven't got a clue about anything..

  20. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Juneau
    Posts
    2,127

    Default

    A note on sharkhide, My buddy has a Raider that is sharkhide covered. He wanted to buff out some scratches etc. and used some etching solution. That stuff did the opposite of intended and roughed the shine off of it. So, if you have nothing on it, shine away. If it is already sharkhide covered, look into it before applying buffing pressure or chemicals or you may need to start over.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •