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    Default aluminum hull cleaner

    anybody here have a favorite hull cleaner for aluminum boats??
    do NOT want to polish the hull but would like to clean it up a bit.

    thanks for any input. PB

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    Default Aluminum wheel cleaner

    A couple of years ago, 2 buddies of mine showed up on the river with the shiniest aluminum boats I had ever seen. They said they had used a Napa Auto Aluminum Wheel Cleaner. Just wipe it on, and hose it off, they said.
    I have not used it, but they swear by it. might be worth looking into.

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    will check that out, thanks

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    Default Anybody???????

    any body else clean there aluminum hulls?

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    I have used this 3M aluminum polish and cleaner. Lots of work though. I may have to go to NAPA and try their stuff.

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    Default For what its worth.

    I have used an aluminum rim cleaner in the past on rims. What I had used is an acid chemical that removed everything from the rims. It worked good for removing built up brake dust etc. I'm not so sure that this is what you are looking for to use on your boat. I had breifly heard something about people using sharkhyde or something to seal their aluminum boats in the marine environment. I sent an email to 3m to inquire what they recommended to clean up my boat. This is what they said:

    Thank you for contacting 3M Marine Trades. I would suggest cleaning the
    boat with a rubbing compound, 3M(TM) Perfect-It(TM) III Rubbing Compound,
    p/n 06060 or 06062, followed by 3M(TM) Perfect-It(TM) III Swirl mark
    remover, p/n 06064, and then use Scotchgard(TM) Marine Liquid Wax, p/n
    09062.

    Scotchgard™ Marine Liquid Wax will last longer and is designed for the
    harsh marine environment. Safe for use on fiberglass, gelcoat, marine
    topside paints, and marine metals.

    You can get these product at West Marine, Boat US, Boaters World, or
    Overtons. You may also want to check with Napa or Carquet stores in your
    area.

    I started the project with an orbital buffer and it seems to be going ok but I haven't really gotten seriouse yet. So far I don't see that the antiswirl compound will be necessary. This weekend I hope to get it done.

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    cant see myself buffing out 275 square feet of aluminum this weekend, and really not doing it 3 or 4 times! hmmm wait, i have a teenager ,
    nah dont think will work either. thanks for the info though!PB

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    Default ZEP

    i believe is what it is called. nasty stuff though. spray on let sit for 15 seconds, rinse and done. cleans out all the pores and everything. i use and just did my boat. bought from a guy on king street in a warehouse. easy and quick, just don't breath the vapors and spray it on with a pressure bottle from lowes like for weeds. one gallon will last a couple years.

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    Its called Zep-alume and i use it. It doesnt give a mirror shine, but it is very quick and easy to use. It is a big improvment.

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    Default thanks for the advice!

    Pole bender, I'm looking for the same thing. I'll have to try this stuff out also!! I have the wooldgridge decal on the boat, I wonder if this stuff would hurt it? I would try to keep it off. let me know how it turns out. Have you seen sport drifters boat?!?!?! That boat is amazing! my goal is to get to that level, but that may be impossible!!!

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    Smile harsh cleaners

    I work for a fuel company and we sell a lot of cleaners

    Harbormaster brand is pretty good stuf its mild and made to cut grease and oil.and is enviromentally friendly. excellent for the bildge.

    watch out for those acid type cleaners. They can zebra stripe your aluminum and downright burn it if not dilluted. im talking about stuff called fist or allbright. and it can burn your skin.

    This stuff called orange-solve is best I think. its made of natural citrus. make sure you dillute it though. use like a cup for 5 gal of water dont spray directly on your aluminum. ok to spray it on your rims of your rig directly it awsome on tar roadgrime and brake dust. its designed for aviation use mostly.
    nothing cuts brake dust like this stuff.

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