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Discussion in 'General Sportfish Discussion' started by Marc58viking, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. wdrzal

    wdrzal Senior Member

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    Aluminum has a higher reflective index (great for polishing) than any other metal ,as long as it's not cast aluminum. If you want them to look like a mirror start with 80 to 120 grit sandpaper and work your way to 2000 grit in intervals of ~approximately 300 grit. You must remove all the pitting. Then get a buffing wheel with a wool pad and start with red rough compound. when mirror like, spray with polyurethane with a very good UV protector.

    Or after sanding to 2000 grit , take them to be triple chrome plated. plating shops will do all the work for $$$$$

    They can dip in copper to fill pits ,then sand and repeat until smooth. Then into to Nickle tank, then chrome. left out a few washings in acid and clean deionized water in between the metal applications.

    You can polish aluminum to be more reflective than chrome.
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  2. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    Yes, you can polish aluminum to be more reflective than chrome, but on a set of outriggers you'd have a million hours doing so. Not exactly what the OP seems to be looking for. He seems to be looking for a way to clean them up while saving as much anodizing as possible and without a ton of labor.
  3. bayoubud

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    Once you remove the anodizing the mill finish aluminum will corrode and pit quickly, would have to re-anodized to last. I have worked on a few sets trying to remove the oxidation without much improvement. Rupp alumaguard will instantly make them look good but doesn't last very long depending on weather. Corrossion X on the fittings and fasteners will last for awhile. If you can drop your riggers at the dock without removing, the alumaguard is quick and easy. Corrossion X HD metal protectant would last a lot longer, they also make the Rejex polymer coating mentioned previously.
  4. cleanslate

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    Perhaps after you polish them up with the various metal compounds suggeseted and or sanding , in stead of wax to keep up the shine try that stuff from SAMs marine supply ; Morton flexible impact primer in clear . Hatteras used that over their aluminum window frames etc. give them a call see what they say at SAMs it might work and hold the shine for a long time .
  5. bayoubud

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    A search showed a lot of products for aluminum. Some are very labor intensive that requires stripping to bare metal. A set of triple spreader riggers would require a lot of hours to de-rig, strip, refinish, and re-rig. I would compare the cost to refinish vs new (or like new used). Also, not sure if these coatings to refinish will last like anodizing. A anodized set of riggers can last indefinitely if maintained properly.
    https://www.saf.com/how-to-specify/how-to-decide-between-anodizing-painting-and-powder-coating/