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Clear View Saves Strataglass

I'm still amazed by the Clear View results. I've tried lots of boating products for various things over the years and to be honest, none of them have REALLY worked completely as advertised.
Gary Dixon

Aurora Marine Industries
2015-07-22T14:50:46+00:00
Clean and Clear window after Clear View
I'm still amazed by the Clear View results. I've tried lots of boating products for various things over the years and to be honest, none of them have REALLY worked completely as advertised.
Gary Dixon
Shiny Searay Boat
27 Searay

I'm forwarding these pictures of my boat, to let you know what a great job your products do. I used Boat scrub, EZ Buff...
James SIEGEL

Aurora Marine Industries
2016-05-18T17:55:33+00:00
Shiny Searay Boat
I'm forwarding these pictures of my boat, to let you know what a great job your products do. I used Boat scrub, EZ Buff...
James SIEGEL
Miss Fortunate

Just to let you know I recently (may 2016) used your sure step method on my 1991 searay 440. I was totally pleased...
Chris Hollier

Aurora Marine Industries
2016-06-22T19:59:08+00:00
Just to let you know I recently (may 2016) used your sure step method on my 1991 searay 440. I was totally pleased...
Chris Hollier
Flying Boat Bottom
Chris Craft

See How Clean The Hull Stays with VS721, Attached are a few pic, you can see a before and after on the oxidized section of my...
Craig

Aurora Marine Industries
2016-05-18T17:51:28+00:00
Flying Boat Bottom
See How Clean The Hull Stays with VS721, Attached are a few pic, you can see a before and after on the oxidized section of my...
Craig
After Alumabuff
Very pleased with the results

I tried your Alumabuff by hand with a Marine Power Mitt and found the product to perform very well, would have been much less effort with the linear buffer I'm sure...
Nelson

Aurora Marine Industries
2015-07-22T15:03:26+00:00
After Alumabuff
I tried your Alumabuff by hand with a Marine Power Mitt and found the product to perform very well, would have been much less effort with the linear buffer I'm sure...
Nelson
I love Aurora Boat Care Products

Here is a picture of my Zodiac. I love Aurora Boat Care Products. I used Speed Clean and Poly Guard last year, Speed Clean Poly Guard and...
Adam Finn, Hawaii

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2015-05-15T16:13:33+00:00
Here is a picture of my Zodiac. I love Aurora Boat Care Products. I used Speed Clean and Poly Guard last year, Speed Clean Poly Guard and...
Adam Finn, Hawaii

Seabright Inflatable

Goin Fishin! Hard to believe this is a 4 yr old boat. It looks brand new. Here are some pictures of my SeaBright Inflatable. I just finished the cleaning and...
Christopher Bice

Aurora Marine Industries
2016-05-18T17:32:04+00:00
Goin Fishin! Hard to believe this is a 4 yr old boat. It looks brand new. Here are some pictures of my SeaBright Inflatable. I just finished the cleaning and...
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Applying VS721 over Anti-fouling paint on aluminum pontoons

Mike asked:


Does the VS721 work when applied over old bottom paint that is deteriorating (on aluminum pontoons)?

Answer:


No. VS721 will not work over existing anti-fouling paint on your aluminum pontoons. You need to strip it first.

VS721 will work on raw aluminum but it works much better over Alumetron, clear coat. Alumetron can last up to 10 years and comes with a 5 year warranty. VS721 is an annual application, but it’s quick and easy; wipe on – wipe off.

The best way to strip off the old anti-fouling paint is to wet sand it with 600 or 800 grit paper. Be sure to sand horizontally, with the grain, otherwise you'll cut across the grain and the finish will look streaky and strange. After you get the paint off, it's pretty easy to restore your pontoons back to their original finish with Alumabuff buffing cream. Then you can put on the Alumetron and VS721 over that.

Restoring the finish on your pontoons and protecting them with Alumetron will improve the appearance of your boat and add considerable value when you trade or sell it.

Here's a link to our Pontoon Calculator which will help you determine the square footage of your pontoons and calculate the products that you will need and the cost to do the job. There are also links to some helpful How To videos.

Thanks for your question,
Captain Aurora
Richard Kittar

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10yr Protection for Aluminum Pontoons

Applying VS721 over Anti-fouling paint on aluminum pontoons

Compounding - what is the proper buffing speed?

Kurt asked:


When compounding, what speed (RPM) should the on the electric buffer?

Answer:


When using EZ Buff and EZ Buff Extender, a rotary buffer and wool pad to compound your boat, a good speed to start with is 1,500 RPM. You may wish to increase or decrease the speed by 100 to 200 RPM or even a bit more, depending on the ambient conditions of temperature and humidity and the condition of the gelcoat. Slower is safer, but takes a little longer.

If the oxidation is coming off easily and the EZ Buff is not drying out, you can increase the speed to shorten your work time. Be careful when you use higher speed. The heat from the friction may cause swirl marks or even burn through if you’re not careful. EZ Buff when used with EZ Buff Extender is very forgiving and easy to work with but like any product, you can still abuse it. Try not to rush too much. If your boat is older and heavily oxidized, I recommend a slower speed and a more deliberate dragging action with the buffer. This will take off more of the oxidation in a single pass and reduce the necessity of going over the same area again.
The key is to do one section of about 2’ to 3’ square. When through wipe it clean and examine your results. If you’re happy, keep doing it the same way and move onto the next section, overlapping slightly. If not, re-do the section and adjust the speed and amount of product you use. Once you dial in the process it’s pretty straight forward to get the rest of the boat done.

A huge time saver is to pre-clean your boat before you start. You’ll also get much better results. We recommend washing first with Boat Clean Plus to get any surface pollutants off, such as loose chalk, oily residue, etc. Next scrub the surface with Boat Scrub and a Marine Power Mitt to remove Heavier, loose oxidation, stains and scuffs so that you don not grind this pollution into the pores and your don’t have stains or scuffs to deal with after you’re finished compounding. When done right, the only thing you should have to do when you’re finished compounding is to lock in the shine with Premium Boat Shine. If you skip a step, you’ll have to go back and patch up the areas that you missed. All of these products are available in the EZ Buff Kit.
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Captain Aurora
Richard Kittar

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Compounding - what is the proper buffing speed?

Can I use an electric sander with Alumabuff instead of a Linear Buffer?

Les Robertson asked:


Can the pads be used with an electric square pad sander using your pad material. $200. for your machine is out of the question. Also, how much is the protective coating, and how much polish and sealer will I need. My pontoon boat is 20Feet-[two] pontoon boat. Thank you


Answer:


For your convenience, I’ve highlighted links. Click on any of the links for more information about the products.

No. For the following reasons:

1. Alumabuff is a water based product and electricity and water are a dangerous combination. Our Linear Buffer is an air operated Professional Quality machine with a stainless steel polishing plate. We found that aluminum plates bend and distort under pressure.

2. It's imperative that you buff in a straight line with the grain. If you use an orbital, jitterbug or rotary sander, you will be polishing against the grain and the finish will resemble Oreo cookies.

3. Sanders are not strong enough. You require some pressure to get into the grain and polish out the stains and the special buffing machine is especially designed to be strong enough for this. Sanders are designed to allow the sandpaper grit to do the work. Too much pressure and they will stall and break, unless you are using a heavy duty professional unit, which can be even more expensive.

4. The polishing block is concave to match the curvature of the pontoon. This keeps the entire Alumabuff Pad in contact with the surface to minimize the working time and to use the full surface of the pad. If you use a flat polishing surface you will only be able to contact about 1 inch of the surface at a time. It will take longer and you will go through three or four times as many pads.

5. The Alumabuff Pad are especially designed to fit the Linear Buffers and will not fit a jitterbug or rotary sander.

You can do the job by hand, using Alumabuff and a Marine Power Mitt, but it takes a long time and it's hard work. The Linear Buffer has a 16 inch pad and moves back and forth about 3,000 times per minute. Imagine doing that by hand. I know that they are expensive but you're going to add more than the cost in value to the boat. If you trade or sell it, you'll met many times your investment back.

I talked to several guys that tried and one said that his time was worth more than 50 cents per hour. He finally bought the machine to finish the job and said that he was going to put it up for sale when he was finished and at least get 1/2 his money back. Another gave up after he spent 4 1/2 hours and pulled his shoulder. He said that it cost him more for the chiropractor than he spent for the buffer. He finished the first pontoon and got the other one done in 1 1/2 hours, but he still has a sore shoulder.

In my experience, using the right tool for the job is always a good investment. The job gets done faster, easier and the results are always better. If the tool is good quality, they last a long time and you don't have to re-invest the next time, or there's always a market for good quality used tools so you can recover some of your investment if you're not going to use it again. Another option is to get several buddies together and share the cost.

To calculate the quantity of products you need, use our Pontoon Calculator.

Thanks for your question,

Captain Aurora
Richard Kittar

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