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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    Mirror shine! Was the boat picked up to get the area of the tubes that rest on the trailer bunks?
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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

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    Mirror shine! Was the boat picked up to get the area of the tubes that rest on the trailer bunks?
    No. We're not set up for lifting boats off trailers. This was to do some testing and dial in a simple as well as bubba-proof way to restore aluminum without using a rotary buffer and leaving behind holograms in the aluminum.

    Here's some of my testing work...




    After doing some research on how to buff out the insides of the pontoons there's no super simple or safe way for the average person to remove their pontoon boat off the trailer.

    Probably the best bet that's affordable and safe it to purchase a Portable Boat Lift and some bottle jacks or tall jack stands. If a person does a little Google searching they can find a company that offers these lifts. Looks like this....





    Wider versions for pontoon boats....




    Sure wouldn't want to be under the boat though on a windy day.


    Boat detailing is a lot different that car detailing and buffing out aluminum is hard dirty work now matter how you approach it. That's why I say,

    "Frequent boat care is easy boat care"


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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    So what did you use mike, as far as product and tools?

    She looks beautiful! Not sure if i like those lifts. Freak me out lol. Have you used those before?
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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    What do you coat it with afterwards? I have a small boat for a fun fishing project boat but never did even consider polishing it because I was told the oxidation stops right at the surface and prevents further corrosion. My boat was welded up in 1982 with 3/16" 5202. The only real corrosion is from the carpeted runners on the boat's sides.

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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    Did you get any feedback on it?

    Thanks for this experience, it's so nice that you and Autogeek give us this opportunity to learn and we can actually learn things right the first time.
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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    Beautiful job Mike. Definitely going to need your sunglasses now when you are out on the water with that boat....
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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    Quote Originally Posted by antti@561detailing View Post

    Did you get any feedback on it?
    Yes. The owner was blow away by the results. He says it looks shinier than when he bought it.


    Quote Originally Posted by antti@561detailing View Post

    Thanks for this experience, it's so nice that you and Autogeek give us this opportunity to learn and we can actually learn things right the first time.
    Thanks for helping out. Sometime in the future I need to get you and Frank to sign a release.


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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    When it comes to polishing a pontoon boat, the question is...

    How good of condition or how bad of condition is the aluminum?

    My boat detailing book divides pontoon boats into 4 categories,

    Category #1
    New or Like-New

    Category #2
    Good

    Category #3
    Mild Neglect

    Category #4
    Severely oxidized

    Then for each category I show how to restore the aluminum to look like a mirror.

    Here's some pictures of a few pages showing machine sanding using a FLEX 3401 with Mirka Abralon Sanding Discs for boat in category #4



















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    Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

    This was a very complicated how-to book to write because it shows,

    How to use multiple tools for machine compounding, polishing and waxing.

    How to do one-step, two-step, three-step and even four-step procedures by hand and machine.

    How to hand sand and machine sand both gel-coat boats and aluminum pontoon boats and tons and tons of more information.

    Without a doubt... the most complicated book I've ever written but also the most in-depth and detailed how-to book I've ever written.


    BOOK: How To Detail Boats With Marine 31 by Mike Phillips






    It's no coincidence that car guys also tend to be boat guys!

    The two hobbies go together well when it comes to having fun and also when it comes to detailing and maintaining both cars and boats.

    This how to book contains more in-depth information on boat detailing than any other book ever written on this topic. This is without a doubt the most complete and information rich how-to book I've ever written. (I have 5 paperback how-to books in print and 3 ebooks available).

    This paperback book on how to detail boats goes over every surface of a boat both inside and out. It also covers every conceivable condition a boat is in with specific steps for correction.

    It covers all these tools,

    Flex 3401
    Flex PE14
    RUPES BigFoot 21
    RUPES BigFoot Duetto
    RUPES TA50
    Cyclo polisher
    Porter Cable 7424XP
    DeWALT 849X
    Makita 9237CX2
    Griot's Garage 6" DA Polisher
    3M Air DA Sander

    Working by hand
    I know most people start out working by hand so I included hand techniques for every topic.


    Plus all the pads, brushes and sanding discs to use with the above tool.

    Instead of typing out all the topics covered in this book I've simply taken pictures of the index which shows you just how in-depth this how to book truly is...


















    Many of the topics covered also apply to car detailing so it's a valuable resource even if you don't yet own a boat.

    If you're familiar with my writing style in the forum world you'll find the same style of writing in all my how-to books. That is I explain in simple terms how to perform a process plus why you're performing it and it's a combination of including both types of information that helps you to do the best work possible.


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