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Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:02 pm
by apg1387
My rudders are bare aluminum and I need to do something with them, I like polished aluminum so at very least I will do that. Has anyone had experience with clear coating them? Did it last and look decent? What product did you use?

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:02 pm
by SWAMPHUNTER45
I have clear coated polished aluminum components with laqeur and enamels and it just doesn't hold up.

We have discussed using a clear powder coat but have not as of now.

On another note I met a guy about 5 years ago who polished his boat hull like a mirror. After he was done he used a product to seal it called SHARK HIDE. It looked awesome and he was pleased with the job it did. I don't know how it would do on rudders but it would probably be my first choice if I was going with that polished look.

Maybe someone on here more familiar with the product can comment on its endurance and application.

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:43 pm
by Rick McC.
Sharkhide is a product that’s used by many pontoon boat owners to coat their pontoons after they’ve polished them, and many speak favorably of it.

I have no first hand experience with the product, as I have better things to waste my time on than polishing pontoons...

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:31 am
by SWAMPHUNTER45
My bet is its the best product for his application Rick.

You been over to DCRG shooting lately?
Blu and I went to the Sportsmans Club 2 weeks ago to function test some new hardware.

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:02 pm
by pontoon outlaw
I had mine painted and then the guy clear coated it with some automotive stuff and its going strong 6 years now,,,,

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:32 pm
by Rick McC.
SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:My bet is its the best product for his application Rick.

You been over to DCRG shooting lately?
Blu and I went to the Sportsmans Club 2 weeks ago to function test some new hardware.
No Sir.

The last shooting I did was an Armscor 1911 in 9mm/22TCM a couple months ago for a TE review for M1911.ORG (that I still have to write).

I hope to make it to the HSC monthly IDPA match this Saturday.

This summer I’ve spent more time guitar picking than shooting, but that’s fixing to change! :D

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:21 am
by SWAMPHUNTER45
I'll PM you

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:09 am
by Rick McC.
SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:I'll PM you
OK.

I just receivd an email this AM advisng that romorrow’s IDPA match has been cancelled. That’s only the second cancellation in the history of HSC holding matches.

Take care,

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:32 pm
by SWAMPHUNTER45
We are up around Ocala with the boat Rick if you get out.

Re: Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:14 pm
by Rick McC.
SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:We are up around Ocala with the boat Rick if you get out.
Thank you Sir, but that’s a ways north for me,

I tried to see the PM, but it was deleted.

Hope y’all had a big time! :thumbleft:

Clear coating bare aluminum, should I?

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:14 am
by bkmail
Shark hide for sure. Clear coat ocean boats with it. Excellent stuff.
Bk


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