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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 02 Dec 2019 16:27 #100535

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Hawk II wrote: Thanks Rick, I'm hoping to remove the anodizing without too much efforts afterward. Just looking for a dull aluminum finish without heavy polishing...


The thing with the NAPA product, or any of the phosphoric acid ones, is that you can't leave it on too long or it'll go from clean to a white-ish coating that's kind of a pain to remove. You have to work in small sections that you can rinse before that happens. The Meguires' one is a bit milder than NAPA's I use that stuff for the end of season pontoon cleaning as it's a bit more forgiving.

I've only used the NAPA product to remove anodizing from small parts. It does a fine job of that, but I don't know how it'd compare to EZ Off. Some here have had excellent results with that. As far as even, non-polished finishes go, Jabe's method is a winner.
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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 02 Dec 2019 03:07 #100528

Has anyone tried brake cleaner before? I know that stuff is pretty powerful.

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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 02 Dec 2019 01:49 #100523

Thanks Rick, I'm hoping to remove the anodizing without too much efforts afterward. Just looking for a dull aluminum finish without heavy polishing.
I had used Easy Off to remove anodizing left after removing the old reg. numbers, I found that I had more anodized color on the boat than I thought. It left an uneven bright shiny area along each side, now I must try to give the boat a more even finish.
I have a gift card for NAPA, so thought I'd give it a try. Maybe I'll try diluting it first.
Thanks again,

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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 01 Dec 2019 23:11 #100517

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With all my experimenting, I found using an aluminium cleaner, such as Maguire rim cleaner, I dilute it and soak a rag and wipe on instead of spraying to avoid runs, I found it cuts the oxidization so you can scrub easier with a scotchbrite pad, still alot of elbow grease, but i found that oxidization is a hard skin to break through, to get any results you want, just my findings
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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 01 Dec 2019 22:45 #100516

Anyone know if you have the etched results with the EZ Off?

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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 01 Dec 2019 22:23 #100514

The Napa aluminum brightener sounds like the same acid spray that I use from Mothers Polish. I used it on my interior and I'm not so sure it helped any, I still needed to go through a couple boxes of pads and some Polish to get where I want to be.

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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 01 Dec 2019 22:20 #100513

Let me know if you need some free labor, I work for the experience and the Love of the Game!

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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 01 Dec 2019 16:54 #100508

The NAPA stuff goes a long way, one spray bottle is enough for many jobs. Not sure if I liked what it did though. It opens up the grain structure by removing oxides, the surface it leaves is rough-microscopically speaking. My boat was part polished, part painted, part oxidized an uneven mess. On the polished parts it really bit in hard (frosted it) and on the oxidized it was not what I thought it would be- made it look gritty. It took a lot of work to make it even afterwords with a scotch bright. But if one is attempting polishing it is probably a first good step, just know you are going to have to take off a lot of surface/move a lot of metal to make it smooth afterwords.
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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 30 Nov 2019 21:37 #100507

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They just call it 'NAPA Aluminium Brightener'. They sell 32 oz. spray bottles in most stores, but they can get you gallons if you ask.
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Started sanding but 1 side still anodized Help? 30 Nov 2019 19:37 #100506

Rick, do you know the name of the NAPA product?
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