The anodized aluminum used in your boat is the best available and is designed to marine specifications to enhance quality and performance. However, the marine environment is still one of the harshest conditions on Earth. Sea Ray offers the following recommendations that may extend the life of your aluminum hardware.
Wash it often to keep contaminates from forming or building up. Use extra care and maintenance when cleaning the tubing directly beneath the hardtop or T-top canvas or radar arches. The aluminum tubing in these areas does not receive the natural rinsing of rainwater, plus the area is shielded from the sun and usually does not dry completely or quickly as the rest of the frame. If the underside is overlooked, it may result in staining or pitting. Give your anodized aluminum hardware the same attention you would other materials on your boat. Regular fresh-water washing with Yacht Brite Brite Wash will keep your anodized aluminum bright.
Clean your aluminum often, and do it thoroughly. Wash it to keep contaminates from forming or building up. Clean your anodized aluminum with Yacht Brite Brite Wash and water, and soft towel or sponge is recommended. Rinse thoroughly and completely with direct fresh water. The important point is to clean and rinse your anodized aluminum well! When using metal protection products, be sure they are formulated for anodized aluminum.
Never use bleach or chlorides. They have a tendency to leach on the aluminum, which could lead to staining and pitting. Never use abrasive cleaning products. Never use steel or brass wool, wire brushes, polishing wheels, rubbing or polishing compounds. These items will remove the anodizing and lead to pitting. Never use concentrated alkaline base solutions, many detergents fall into this category.
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