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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Preventative Maintenance For Your Boat
ANODIZED ALUMINUM
The aluminum on your boat has been anodized.
This creates a very hard protective seal on the
surface of the aluminum to protect it as much as
possible from pitting. When the anodized coating is broken and raw aluminum
is exposed, corrosion will take place. Damage from chemicals, knives, gaffs, or
other abrasive impacts can break the anodized coating.
Aluminum Care Tips
AVOIDABLE CORROSIVES
• Strong acidic solutions found in cleaners, paint remover, degreasers, etc...
• Concentrated alkaline based solutions. Many concentrated soaps fall into this
category
• Chlorine, sulfurs, solvents, and ammonia based products
UNAVOIDABLE CORROSIVES
• Saltwater (comes with the territory)
• Airborne pollution, particles from local sources: Vehicles, incinerators,
paper mills, chemical plants, power plants, harsh chemicals from work
performed at local shipyards and dry docks. Be aware of local sources that
can expose your new boat to corrosive chemicals
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HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN
Always use a mild, non abrasive soap and lots of fresh water. Thoroughly wash
the aluminum with a soft towel or sponge utilizing lots of soap and water to
remove all dried salt crystals and other contaminants. Rinse completely with direct
water pressure. The important point is to clean and rinse it well!
SAFE CLEANERS:
Mild Dishwashing Liquid
Specialty Marine Cleaners:
• Sea Safe Boat Wash
• Boatwash Concentrate
• Super Suds
HARMFUL CLEANERS:
Bleach (Clorox, etc.)
Mild Abrasive Cleaners (Ajax, Comet, Soft
Scrub, Rubbing Compounds, etc.)
Strong Cleaners (409, Engine Degreasers, etc.)
There are many different products available to protect aluminum. Here are a few:
Aluma Guard, Boesheild T-9, Premier Polish, and Corrosion Block
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