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


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

Upgrading from Sharkhide to Alumetron

Roy Railsback asked:

I'd like to try your product, however, I have shark hide on the hull now. What do I need to do to prepare the hull to use your product? Also, I have a DA electric polisher, can I use it with your product? Thx, Roy

Answer:

It all depends on the present condition of your pontoon or hull. First of all the Sharkhide will have to be stripped off. I believe that can be done with a solvent. In most cases, Sharkhide is only applied above the waterline although some boat owners coat the entire pontoon or hull if they haul or lift the boat when not in use. Alumetron and VS721 is recommended for below as well as above the waterline.

After your get the Sharkhide off, you need to clean the aluminum and restore it to the original finish because Alumetron will only bond to the raw aluminum and if there are stains and streaks, they will always be there and show through the clear finish. If you have algae below the waterline, it can easily be removed with Algex. If the hull or pontoons are stained and streaked or have a heavy waterline stain, they will have to be buffed back to the original mill finish with Alumabuff and a Linear Buffer with the special Buffing Pads.

You cannot use a rotary or DA buffer as it will cut across the grain and the final finish will be full of swirl marks, resembling Oreo cookies. You need to buff back and forth, horizontally with the grain. Buffing can be done by hand with a Marine Power Mitt and Alumabuff but it's a lot of hard rubbing and takes forever. The few that have tried it gave up with sore shoulders and ordered the special buffer to finish the job. The Linear Buffer has a 16' pad and moves back and forth, with the grain, up to 3,000 strokes per minute. Imagine doing that by hand. That's why you can usually buff out a pontoon in less than 60 minutes. Alumabuff is water based and the residue can be rinsed clean with water.

Here's a link to our Pontoon Calculator. It will help you determine the products you need and there are links to some how to videos that can help. If yours is an aluminum boat, calculate the square footage by multiplying the length times the beam for the bottom, add the length times the freeboard height, times 2 for the sides and add the width times the height of the transom. Adjust the input number of the calculator until you get the approximate square footage number and that will tell you how much of each product you require and the total cost.

Thanks for your question,

Captain Aurora
Richard Kittar

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Are EZ Vinyl Cleaner and Vinyl Guard really better than other products?

AJ, our distributor in New Zealand sent us these before and after pictures. He was having difficulty convincing his crew that Aurora had the best boat cleaning products in the world. They were sure that boat cleaners were all the same. To prove his point, he found this old Bayliner and got them to clean and polish the boat. They were reluctant since they thought that the boat was destined for the dump, but AJ insisted. As you can imagine, now they are all believers.

The seats were cleaned with EZ Vinyl Cleaner and protected with Vinyl Guard. The carpet was cleaned with Boat Clean Plus. The helm cleaned with Boat Clean Plus, Boat Scrub and Kwik Shine.
Note: The damage to stitching on the seats was caused by previous use of household cleaners.

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