Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
danfall

ACID WASH

Recommended Posts

danfall    0
danfall

Hey Guys,

Need to find out how to acid wash alum boat, type of acid, whether to wash after sanding and before paint, etc.. Thanks.

Dan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
danfall    0
danfall

OK.

It is a Lund red boat. I plan to sand it down and would like to get the unpainted surfaces shined up, and paint the painted surfaces. I didn't see any acid wash details in the forums but I just found a search method.

Dan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shouldbefishn    0
shouldbefishn

Go to your local auto parts store and tell them you need acid wash like they use on truck aluminum. It can be pricy but does not take much for a boat. I used it on an older lund I use to have. Really brightens up the aluminum. Apply it using a small pump-up lawn sprayer. Sray on a dry surface, wait a minute then wash off. Make sure you wash out the srayer immediately when you are done. It may take more than one time if the boat is really bad.

Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rost    0
Rost

Hold on here boys! Be carefull! I use a product called Zing for my aluminum boat-This is specifically designed for aluminum boats. Works awesome.

My neighbor tried some acid stuff that he used for his semi trailor... It bleached it white as a ghost and took him hours to buff it out.

You can buy zing in most boat dealerships. It is like $9.00.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DrKen    0
DrKen

An acid wash is to prep aluminum for painting. It removes oxides and etches the metal for the paint to stick. It is not designed as a polish. You can acid wash the part you are going to paint but not recommended for bare aluminum u want to polish. Just try any good aluminum polish on the bare spots. Elbow grease is the key to that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Steve Bakken    0
Steve Bakken

Acid etching is the last step that you do before you're ready to paint. There are two types/methods of acid wash. One is the kind that you spray on and wipe/wash off. This conditions the metal like the other guys said. Bear in mind, though, if you're planning on painting with this method, there is a time window in which you have to put on the primer before corrosion starts in again. Taking off or nutralizing the acid is very crucial if you want the paint to stick. Also there are certain primers that you'll need to use which are designed to be applied over this.

The second type, which is what we use at the shop, is applied with a paint gun. After the aluminum is sanded and cleaned, the acid-etch primer is sprayed on. From here, you just continue with you're sealer and topcoat. This method is much less time consuming, but maybe a little bit more expensive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shouldbefishn    0
shouldbefishn

Rost

Sorry if I wasn't clear. The acid should only be used on the bare unpainted aluminum. Not on any painted area of the boat. Older lunds and other manufacturers used to only paint the upper half of the boat. It is fine to use acid on unpainted portions. Todays newer boats are usually painted from top to bottom. Good point though, it is not good on paint.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishlakeman    4
fishlakeman

I've found the best way to restore the aluminum is to use a aluminum wheel polish, like Eagle One aluminum mag wheel cleaner. takes almost every stain off

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rost    0
Rost

The boat was an old Lund Rebel. Red paint on the top half, no paint on the bottom! It turned the bottom half white as a ghost! It was almost like it was bleached.

Once again- this acid was designed for semi trailors.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shouldbefishn    0
shouldbefishn

Sounds like they may have left it on too long. Washed my old lund pike sometimes twice a year and never had a problem. It did brighten it up but never turned white. May be different finishes of aluminum.

Always best to use a product for its specific application. I quess I'm a rebel.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Wanderer
      The OP was given the system by someone else who was having problems with it. @TNFL If the above statement is correct, try it on your system and see if the fuse blows.  The problem may have been on the other person's rig.   Is it worth contacting the manufacturer for tech help or sending in for testing/service?
    • Wheres_Walter
      Sunday and Monday we caught lots of 15-16" fish at 12-14 FOW.  All on Chartruese jigs with half a crawler.   A couple in the high teens and one 21" as well.  
    • Wanderer
      Leeches are somewhat seasonal and not as prevalent later in the open water season (now).  It's the nature of the bait. Vados would be my first call between the Cities and Mille Lacs but you could always try calling a few shops on the southern side of the lake.
    • delcecchi
      Back in the old days..... before I retired and we used to come up labor day, I used to fish steep breaks into deep water.  My favorite spot was the north/west tip of Schmidts Island.   There is a little flat than breaks into like 40 feet out in front, more or less, of the dock that goes with the little chalet style cabin.   There are probably other spots along that headolakes shore of the island that are good, so check it out with modern electronics.   I don't know if that area is still working or not.   Jigging raps might work there.  I used a rig with a pretty heavy sinker so I could tip toe over the rocks up and down the break.   Caught what was my PB walleye for a long time on that spot.   Neighbor got a 30 incher somewhere along there.  This is all historical, so maybe not much help anymore.  BTW I typically fished there in the evening.   Never really tried it during the day. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      Jeez no. I can barely remember the netting discussion, let alone which side that I was arguing! Yup, you can see us cruising past quite often probably intent on satisfying the little one's quest for some ice cream at Moosebirds. She loves Sue and Ron. I'll definitely wave or stop by if I see you. I'll be up the next two weekends.
    • Wakemup
      How do you guys like to fish the west end as we transition into September and early fall? My next planned time at the cabin will be Labor day, I'm sure it'll be plenty busy on the lake but hoping to find a few quiet spots in the mornings and evenings to do some walleye fishing.
    • leech~~
      Plus+1  The size seems to drop off late in the year. Last year bait shops I went to were selling Large as Jumbos and small as large!
    • RuddyDuck
      Reminder, meeting tonight at 7:00pm in Annandale and written comment period runs til August 28th. The email addresses for comment are on pages 18-19. Comment now or the days of fishing your favorite lake anytime you want, will be over! I’m sure this is coming to a county near you if this goes thru out here.
    • gimruis
      Not uncommon at all for this time of year.  I used to try and find some regularly around Labor Day and always ran into problems.  I think its just the nature of the bait business.
    • BringAnExtension
      Does anyone know where I can get some jumbo leeches between the Twin Cities and Mille Lacs?  I would even settle for large.  There seems to be a shortage of supply. Thanks!