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Old 02-11-2019, 08:20 PM   #51
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Most of that extruded rail material has an anodizing on the outside. That may be why it's not polishing out well. It may look silver/aluminum colored. But may be anodized.



There is also some liquid aluminum anti-oxidizer that will bring the shine back to the oxidized tubes/pontoons. I used to use it all the time: "Aluma Brite". Apply, then rinse off. It'll save you a ton of elbow work.



Tracker Marine was one of the boat builders I did structural Warranty repair work for, for the 5 state region. Most of my work was with them for a few years.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:32 PM   #52
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Are you just polishing the toons or using something like alumabrite or toon bright as well? Our toon needs a good polish as they look about like those before you polished them. Ours spends the summer at the marina though so I don’t know how much good it would do.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:44 PM   #53
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Wondering the same thing about polishing those toons, your first pic looks like it was working real well
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:14 PM   #54
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Curious. How fast do those things get up to with the stock outboard?
It was topping out at 18, but the motor is still in a break in setting. I have lost a lot of weight with new fiberglass furniture bases. The old stuff was waterlogged bad including the deck.

I have to figure out how to change the motor setting and investigate the prop.. I hope to see 25 or so. No hot rod for sure.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:26 PM   #55
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Wondering the same thing about polishing those toons, your first pic looks like it was working real well
I washed it with Strabright Ultimate aluminum cleaner first. This stuff worked great on grime and water line. Next I will orbit sand with 400, then 800, then polishing with Zephyr 3 step cutting and compound product. Then I will follow up with Zephyr Pro40 perfection metal polish.

The previous sample picture of small area in back is closest to finished sample, just needs final polish step and sealer.

Here comes some pics of just a wash with the Starbright wash today.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #56
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Starbright wash and opened up some furniture parts.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:26 PM   #57
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Most of that extruded rail material has an anodizing on the outside. That may be why it's not polishing out well. It may look silver/aluminum colored. But may be anodized.



There is also some liquid aluminum anti-oxidizer that will bring the shine back to the oxidized tubes/pontoons. I used to use it all the time: "Aluma Brite". Apply, then rinse off. It'll save you a ton of elbow work.



Tracker Marine was one of the boat builders I did structural Warranty repair work for, for the 5 state region. Most of my work was with them for a few years.

Is there anything I should look for before I put it all back together?
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:57 AM   #58
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Sometimes those toons will have cracks around the mounts that are welded to them on the top. Most I've found have been in the very back mounts. They will be small cracks for the most part. But will suck water inside while underway. It adds up over time. And will make it sit lower in the water even while under way.

You can also rock the boat side to side and listen for water inside the toons. Contact me if you hear water inside sloshing around. And then we will address that while it's easier to do right now.

Stainless screws and aluminum don't get along very well as you've found out. Stainless will gall up on aluminum if you're not careful on reassembly. But there is not much better remedy since iron will rust away much more quickly.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:23 AM   #59
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Sometimes those toons will have cracks around the mounts that are welded to them on the top. Most I've found have been in the very back mounts. They will be small cracks for the most part. But will suck water inside while underway. It adds up over time. And will make it sit lower in the water even while under way.

You can also rock the boat side to side and listen for water inside the toons. Contact me if you hear water inside sloshing around. And then we will address that while it's easier to do right now.

Stainless screws and aluminum don't get along very well as you've found out. Stainless will gall up on aluminum if you're not careful on reassembly. But there is not much better remedy since iron will rust away much more quickly.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
There is no water in the toons as of now.

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Old 02-13-2019, 06:49 AM   #60
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Great thread! Waiting very patiently.............
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:01 PM   #61
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The metal acid cleaner sure makes a difference.


I did not see the pic before I posted about the Aluma Brite.


And for some reason I was thinking you "lived" in Grayson county. I see your in Rowlett.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:05 PM   #62
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10 hours today. Went through all wiring and cleaned up and removed old unnecessary left overs. Removed rest of the old deck screws. Took a grinder to structure to remove old glues. Then new adhesive and glued and screwed down new deck. Wish I belt sanded where one sheet meet another...have some telegraphing at seams. I installed new butt seat bases, routed and counter sunk them. The glue isn't sticking very well. I may just trim the floor and tuck under the bases. Polished more on toons but not done. Set the edge trim and will start polishing next.

Set the console up just for visual fun. Need another weekend and should be ready to fish.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:40 PM   #63
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What glue are you using? I've tried both troweled carpet glue and 3m spray adhesive. I prefer the spray but not dealing with the size you are. I use vise grips and stainless staples to get it all tight.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:41 PM   #64
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Great work, she is coming along nicely!


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Old 02-16-2019, 07:11 PM   #65
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Looking good!




DAP's WoodWeld is what Tracker used to send me by the 5 gallon can. It's a contact cement. And I apply it with a brush, not a roller, not spray. I also have to work in small sections at a time. Roll carpet up. Both surfaces get glue. Let it get almost dry but still tacky. Then lay it down. And unroll and coat some more. But once it's down, it ain't coming back up without tearing up the carpet. Cures very quickly. The warmer the day, the faster the cure rate. I also used it when re-carpeting bunk-boards for trailers. It also helps seal the wood.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:59 AM   #66
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Looks great so far!! This is inspiring for me if an opportunity comes along.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:57 AM   #67
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I cannot get the fence rails to clean up enough. I found all new ones for 1200, but cant get same angle on the front section as original. I starter sanding and was going to etching prime and rattle can them. Then this morning I stopped by a powder coat guy in Garland and to my surprise he can sandblast and powder all the parts for $500. I am going this route. He needs a few days. I will post before and after.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:42 PM   #68
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:21 PM   #69
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Pontoon boats are a lot of fun for overnight fishing trips! If I lived closer to the lake, and had a bigger place, I'd probably own one of them too.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:55 PM   #70
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:47 AM   #71
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it's looking good. you're doing a hell of a job
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:38 AM   #72
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Looking good!!!!
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:44 AM   #73
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Dang nice rebuild, in for the done deal


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Old 02-19-2019, 08:50 AM   #74
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:00 AM   #75
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Great looking work Spearchunker! I love these DIY threads like these, keep up the good work. I think most people are afraid to take on jobs like this where you can build it better than it can be bought, but once you get rolling it comes together nicely. I need to get to work on my pontoons, they could stand some polishing also. I saw you mentioned using a GPS trolling motor, they are the only way to go. I put a 24v minnkota on our 25 footer and it is amazing. I can use it all day and only use a quarter of battery life.
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:02 AM   #76
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What are you using to polish pontoons, they look great.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:08 AM   #77
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What are you using to polish pontoons, they look great.
Thanks, see post 25, plus a lot **** work lol.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:21 AM   #78
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Awesome work!!!!!!!
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Looking real good!
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:31 PM   #81
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:39 AM   #82
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What glue are you using? I've tried both troweled carpet glue and 3m spray adhesive. I prefer the spray but not dealing with the size you are. I use vise grips and stainless staples to get it all tight.
Not sure what it is, came with the vinyl floor from pontoonstuff.com. I tried pulling up a small test area and its stuck good!
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:44 AM   #83
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Looks great so far!! This is inspiring for me if an opportunity comes along.
After researching there are some great deals out there on rebuilds. The real value is finding a solid motor first. I got got lucky with this one. I totalled up and im at 5k all in, less electronics and golf cart trade.

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Old 02-20-2019, 04:20 PM   #84
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I hate the fence and rail.color. Thankfully they will redo for $250. Going light grey...or flat black. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:24 PM   #85
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:28 PM   #86
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I would go white.

White always screams marine anything and it will go with your seat vinyl.

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Old 02-20-2019, 04:42 PM   #87
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Grey but white would be my first choice look good with what you have on it already and wont fade in the long run... Sure wish I had your talent this looks great!
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:02 PM   #88
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Yep, mother of pearl does not look good. I'd go white!
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:20 PM   #89
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White will make anything or decals or stickers pop.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:22 PM   #90
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Yep, mother of pearl does not look good. I'd go white!
I got the great price to use a color he had. The sample swatch looked a lot lighter. He doesn't have white. But has a couple light greys. He just called and said he found a silver/ galvanized color.

To get a new box of powder will cost about 300 more. I may just pony up...gone this far.

Going there first thing in morning. He can shoot it and finish tomorrow. Im thinking white and pin stripes in some blue with the car wrap I have to break it up.
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US Composites makes great products. It what I used to build all of my kayaks.

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Old 02-21-2019, 01:47 AM   #92
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Lookin great!. Been a long time since my last build which was a new, bare 14' alum. boat. Put in floor, CC with controls, TM. Again, Well done!
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Looks good. I would definitely stay away from black on the rails!
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:33 PM   #94
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Much happier with this color. Down to small stuff and wiring. Should finish Saturday.
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Much happier with this color. Down to small stuff and wiring. Should finish Saturday.
Coming together real nice. You planning on coating the bottom side of the new deck boards with anything?
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:25 PM   #96
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:37 PM   #97
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:39 AM   #98
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Coming together real nice. You planning on coating the bottom side of the new deck boards with anything?
I decided no. Marine grade plywood will lst 20 year's easily. By then motors will be electric and furniture will need replaced again. It will be someone else's problem by then.
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:43 AM   #99
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I decided no. Marine grade plywood will lst 20 year's easily. By then motors will be electric and furniture will need replaced again. It will be someone else's problem by then.
Makes sense. Basically spend the extra $ for marine grade to not have to hassle with protecting it. Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:29 AM   #100
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Im interested in seeing how the light bar works out. I have been wanting to do a led upgrade on my toon also. Its been really hard for me to find a place to mount it. Looking great brother! I love boat builds, its a passion of mine also.

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