Home /
Search 🔍
the Site

Chime right in! (no registration req'd)


"Prepping aluminum boat for repainting"

Marine Aluminum Restorer and Polish

Affiliate Link
(finishing.com may earn commission)


My question is, I have recently purchased a 23 ft. aluminum cabin cruiser, it's all aluminum and I have been taking all the old paint off. The metal looks like new, but a friend just informed me that I have to use special procedures to get the paint to adhere to the metal properly. Is this true? Also if this is true can you tell me the best way to proceed? The boat is a 1955 Lonestar; also at some time in the past someone has installed some bolts that were not stainless steal or aluminum and they have rusted. I plan on replacing them but I'm not sure which is the correct ones to use. Help if you can!

Thank you.

John C. Henderson
personal job - Crescent City Florida United States


Hi there, I wondered if you had a picture of your boat as I also have a late fifties aluminum cabin cruiser by Lone Star.

Adam Outen
- Boise, Idaho, USA

3M Marine Sealant

Affiliate Link
(finishing.com may earn commission)

April 3, 2008

I have one that needs painting. Should it be sanded? It also leaks a bit at seams. How can you stop seam leaks? I'm trying to restore it for sale.

Carmon Stiles
Hobbyist - Divide, Colorado, USA

May 18, 2008

I have restored a 1957 Lone Star ElDorado but made it more user friendly. The steering has been modernized, floors, side walls and built-in transom bench varnished marine plywood. Do not sand blast aluminum as it will pit or "waffle" the metal if too much psi is used. Blast with a plastic media. I changed out a lot of the aluminum nuts, bolts and screws to stainless with no problems. Polished aluminum looks like stainless.

Richard L. Peebles
Hobbyist - Indian Hills, Colorado, USA

June 19, 2008

I have a 1957 Lonestar Durango. I'm planning on using a do it yourself Rhino type lining in the bottom. I will have completely sanded down to the metal prior to my application. I will post after the 4th of July on how this idea has held up and of course plenty of play time to test it out.

Clayton L. Paprska
USCG - Vancouver, Washington, USA

finishing.com is made possible by ...
this text gets replaced with bannerText
spacer gets replaced with bannerImages

Q, A, or Comment on THIS thread SEARCH for Threads about ... My Topic Not Found: Start NEW Thread

Disclaimer: It's not possible to fully diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations might be harmful.

If you are seeking a product or service related to metal finishing, please check these Directories:

Chemicals &
Consult'g, Train'g
& Software

About/Contact    -    Privacy Policy    -    ©1995-2021 finishing.com, Pine Beach, New Jersey, USA