DIY How To Polish An Aluminum Pontoon Boat
When I polish a pontoon, I want to process to be as easy and quick as possible.
So the first thing I do is High Speed Sand with a 3500 rpm Rotary Sander/Polisher it makes the sanding process much faster compared to using a DA Sander. The Grits I use depend on how bad the aluminum is oxidized. 9 times out of 10 I'll go with 320, 400, 600 and 1000 grits. If it's full of scratches or very oxidized i'll start with 180 grit. I usually do my last sanding step with a DA to smooth out the surface even more to make the polishing process a bit easier.
the polishing process is simple... 1 Cut, 1 Finish. If you use good quality products and follow my process there's no reason why you wouldn't get the same results as me. So the cutting step I use 10" orange/yellow blend airway wheel with 439T Green Menzerna compound @6000 rpm. For finishing I use 10" white Domet Flannel airway wheel with 480BLF Blue Menzerna compound. @1800-2200 rpm
After your finishing process if there's black residue left behind you can use Blue Flash liquid metal polish to clean up and provide longer lasting protection.
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Denis Champagne - Master Detailer