Raw ally hull


Can anyone with personal experience give any advice on the care and maintenance of a raw ally finish on a plate boat ? The build on mine will be starting in the coming months and just want to know if it should be clear coated or something as it's not being painted.Any advice much appreciated!

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Clear coating

Tue, 2023-01-24 09:26

Had mine done and cannot remember why I ended up rubbing it off being that its now about 15 years ago. Went all patchy ?

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Tue, 2023-01-24 11:08




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 Clear coat is a waste of

Tue, 2023-01-24 11:57

 Clear coat is a waste of money and  time. had my raw ali  4 years..an acid wash once a year and she comes up schmick. Only advice is follow the instructions for dilutions and timing.  i brought 4 l and do a 7m boat, still got shitloads left..


even better u do it at the carwash bays so any of the washed off acid/water doesn't ruin ur lawn or pavers etc.  elbow grease is needed, but worth it


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 Thanks fellas same as the

Tue, 2023-01-24 19:28

 Thanks fellas same as the builder said was just checking others opinions.cheers 

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 What are you getting built

Thu, 2023-01-26 10:06

 What are you getting built bodgy

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 610 genesis cuddy reggie 

Thu, 2023-01-26 10:40

 610 genesis cuddy reggie 

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Bare hull

Thu, 2023-01-26 12:19

 I have a 3 year old genesis with bare Ali hull, white superstructure. Just use water to wash it. Very happy with that choice and if I build again would do the same. It does show up where the welds are a bit crap which is both good and bad. Nice to not worry about sinkers, cray pots or stone chips. 

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Aluminum Oxide

Wed, 2023-01-25 07:49

 Aluminium actually oxidises faster than steel. The subsequent Aluminium oxide film formed over the surface prevents further oxidisation of the aluminum.