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    Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Howdy all.

    So, I’m not much of a Boat guy to be honest - I like being on one etc but I have no interest in owning one nor do I get excited about detailing them. Just not my thing I guess.

    A little background on this one - A 2019 Frewza aluminium boat. Kiwi made, I guess they’re okay, like I said - not a boat guy so unsure?

    Owners Son took it out fishing for the day (at this point it’s only a couple of weeks old) & upon returning home sets out to give it a wash down ... good intentions. This is where it gets ugly ... The Son couldn’t find anything to wash it with & the only thing that came to mind was Laundry Powder mixed up in a bucket of water.

    A caustic mix & one that saw this weeks old aluminium boat go from a crisp new finish to an ugly stained surface.

    Long story short - after some testing, more testing & discussion with the owner we settled on a plan & the work was scheduled.

    My plan - to wash/scrub down with a Hydrofluoric Acid solution to
    “Even out” the surface & deep clean to bring back to a “naked” surface. This was successful in that regard & as a few other folks said & I agreed, this was the best appearance but I knew that it would be susceptible to corrosion/oxidation & mark super easy upon contact.

    Onto polishing. As I explained to the owner, to get the surface back to its “new” appearance we would have to make it somewhat shinier than desired at first but that it would settle down after a couple of wash cycles. (not with laundry powder)

    Polishing process - Flex 3401 equipped with Marine 31 6.5” 4 ply Twisted Wool Compounding pads & Autosol Metal Polish.
    Four passes saw the desired results achieved but did leave its fair share of micro marring which was quickly taken care of by switching to a Lake Country Orange Hybrid Force pad combo.

    I’ll run the pictures in a before - after wash down & after/completed order to better showcase the results ...


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    Apologies - I didn’t snap an after wash down picture ...
















    And just a couple of random pictures as well -


    Messy work.























    Whilst not a big fan of working on boats, I am a fan of getting results. Everyone concerned were very happy with what was achieved on this messy but fun job.

    Thank you all for taking the time to stop by & check it out.


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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    That's one INCREDIBLE job on that one, Aaryn!

    As a guy that has been in the marine (boat) industry for most of my 49 years, I know a few things about them. And aluminum is one tough cookie to get looking anywhere near perfect.

    But you did it!

    As for not owning a boat, you are wise. The old joke in the marine industry is the phrase: "BOAT---- Bust Out Another Thousand".
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Well done! Bravo! Looks great now...was a nightmare in the before pics! Yikes!
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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Is that a boat or the new Tesla truck? Lol I kid, actually a cool looking boat. What an amazing correction. Amazing job.


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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    That's amazing work! It now looks way to good to use!

    Great job Aaryn.

    How long did it take?
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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Wow! Beautiful work and beautiful save! KEEP ON ROCKING DOWN UNDER!
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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Ready to ride the “Tide”

    What a transformation! Excellent work!

    Glad you were able to save that finish, that aluminum looks really cool. Looks like a very utilitarian design, but a possible nightmare to maintain. What did you recommend as far as washing procedures and products the owner use to maintain that finish?

    If Marty McFly had a boat I believe this would be his pick

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    Re: Boat Detail Down Under!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    That's one INCREDIBLE job on that one, Aaryn!

    As a guy that has been in the marine (boat) industry for most of my 49 years, I know a few things about them. And aluminum is one tough cookie to get looking anywhere near perfect.

    But you did it!

    As for not owning a boat, you are wise. The old joke in the marine industry is the phrase: "BOAT---- Bust Out Another Thousand".
    Thank you PaulMys.

    I’m gonna take that a a big fat compliment buddy, thank you.

    Hahaha, “BOAT—— Bust Out Another Thousand” I like that! Funny. Actually I had a guy stop by towing a fibreglass boat (Haines Hunter, maybe around 17-20 Ft) saying he wanted it polished up etc because he was selling it ... said he had only used it once in twelve Months but was looking at buying a bigger boat ... ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatingsarecrack View Post
    Is that a boat or the new Tesla truck? Lol I kid, actually a cool looking boat. What an amazing correction. Amazing job.


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    Hahahaha! Awesome Coatingsarecrack!

    The best comment ever! It was the inspiration for it surely!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzle Chest View Post
    Well done! Bravo! Looks great now...was a nightmare in the before pics! Yikes!
    Cheers Scott.

    Appreciate it my friend.

    Yeah, when I first assessed it, I must say it bothered me & as the day got closer to actually have
    ING to do the job - Nightmares indeed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by custmsprty View Post
    That's amazing work! It now looks way to good to use!

    Great job Aaryn.

    How long did it take?
    Cheers custmsprty.

    I’m kinda hoping they use it lots, catch lots of fish & remember the cool detailer guy that fixed the boat & bring him some fresh fish ...

    I think in total (actual working time) around 10-12 hours.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kamakaz1961 View Post
    Wow! Beautiful work and beautiful save! KEEP ON ROCKING DOWN UNDER!
    Thanks Kamakaz1961.

    Appreciate it mate, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by LEDetailing View Post
    Ready to ride the “Tide”

    What a transformation! Excellent work!

    Glad you were able to save that finish, that aluminum looks really cool. Looks like a very utilitarian design, but a possible nightmare to maintain. What did you recommend as far as washing procedures and products the owner use to maintain that finish?

    If Marty McFly had a boat I believe this would be his pick
    Thank you LEDetailing.

    Appreciate the kind words mate. Yes, indeed - I explained how much work was involved in maintaining Aluminium etc & suggested frequent use of Autosol Nano Metal Guard which is a synthetic sealant for metals in a marine environment. Also explained that this shiny wasn’t the intended look but a by product of the method of fixing the staining & that it wouldn’t take too long to return to a duller finish. Washing recommendations were CarPro Reset & a thorough flood rinse with water.


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    Brother my hats off! This is what separates the pros from others. In all honesty I wouldn't have known where to begin nor care to even do this boat!!!

    You killed it and that right there shows your workmanship!
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