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Old 04-24-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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After a couple months mooring my North River in the Columbia for springer season it was left with a definite green scum line. The pressure washer cut the green off the hull but the time in the water left the hull darkened. Is there any product that will clean it back to an almost new appearance or is this a normal aging of the aluminum?

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Old 04-24-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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After a couple months mooring my North River in the Columbia for springer season it was left with a definite green scum line. The pressure washer cut the green off the hull but the time in the water left the hull darkened. Is there any product that will clean it back to an almost new appearance or is this a normal aging of the aluminum?

I just Googled for something to clean the corrosion and scale off my diamond plate truck box. Looks promising.

Google Metalwax. It's a 2 or 3 step process.

If it works on my box, I may have to do my aluminum boat as well.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:20 PM   #3
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I use an acid wash for aluminum on my sled, it will take that dark gray line off your boat. You can dilute it in water and put it in a tank sprayer and go to town. I've found using a scrub brush can help also when your applying it. You can purchase it at most marine a boating stores.
I know Sharkhide also has a product for removing oxidation, hope this helps.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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Alumabrite at NAPA. Save yourself some gas money.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:29 AM   #5
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Want to never have to deal with it again? Call GreenButtSkunk and get some vinyl wrap. My experience thus far is that vinyl is the least amount of work out there. However, I am not certain how it performs when moored. Ask Brad (GreenButtSkunk) for his experience. Before you assume it will be too expensive, make the call. It is not cheap but several coats of Sharkhide at $65 a can can pay for a good portion of 2 vinyl sides.

My opinion is that the silver vinyl looks even better than the raw aluminum.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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After a couple months mooring my North River in the Columbia for springer season it was left with a definite green scum line. The pressure washer cut the green off the hull but the time in the water left the hull darkened. Is there any product that will clean it back to an almost new appearance or is this a normal aging of the aluminum?
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buy my acid wash at a truck parts store. The sell it for brite work on big rigs. Bout some last week $15 a gal.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #8
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Thanks!
I appreciate the advice and will check into the different products suggested.
I knew I could count on the guys and gals on I-Fish to come up with a solution.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:44 PM   #9
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After reading all the above I ordered some metalwax . It arrived tonight. Hopefully will get to try it out in the next week and will report on it when I do.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:49 PM   #10
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There is a product called Hollywoods (google it) It is the best metal polish on the market. I have tried them all and this is the best hands down. You wont be disapointed.
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:24 AM   #11
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Alumabrite at NAPA. Save yourself some gas money.
Works very well! Only down side is it will take any polish look away. But if it is tarnished bad it probley doesn't matter any way. I would sugest a coat of wax after cleaning to slow down the tarnish process.
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