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Aluminum Boat Cleaning - Cleaning Pontoons

The following steps show you how to properly clean an aluminum boat or pontoon boat. For new aluminum (less the a season old) you may be able to start on Step 2 with the aluminum cleaner. Most applications we encounter require steps 1 and 2 to effectively and adequately clean aluminum boats and pontoons. Step 3 is polishing the aluminum which gives it an amazing look and helps seal the aluminum, though the polish does not last indefinitely and it can be time consuming. A major of people omit this step and are happy with the look of completing step 1 and 2 (as shown in the demonstration video), cleaning and brightening the aluminum but leaving it as the natural aluminum look. 

Depending on the condition of your aluminum boat or pontoons, the issues associated with your area and/or your desired results, you may only need to complete one or two of the following steps.

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Remove Build-up from Aluminum

Step 2: Clean and Brighten Aluminum

Step 3: Polish Aluminum


STEP 1: Remove Build-Up from Aluminum Boat and Pontoons


Cleaner: Hull Cleaner
Materials: Scrub Brush, Water Hose

Aluminum Boat Cleaning and Cleaning Pontoons Directions: When cleaning pontoons or aluminum boats first:
  • Spray Bio-Kleen Fiberglass Cleaner on the pontoon surface or aluminum boat hull starting from the bottom and working up.
  • Agitate with the brush ensuring even coverage.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes dwell time.
  • Re-apply Fiberglass Cleaner to any areas that need further attention and
  • Agitate entire area with brush again.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
Aluminum Hull Cleaner
Hulll Cleaner

Cleaning Pontoons Demonstration Video

STEP 2: Clean Aluminum Boat and Cleaning Pontoons


Cleaner: Aluminum Cleaner
Materials: Scrub Brush, Water Hose

Aluminum Boat Cleaning and Cleaning Pontoons Directions: Now that the build up has been removed from the aluminum boat or pontoons, the aluminum cleaner can reach the actual surface to clean, de-oxidize and remove stains and discoloration.
  • Spray Bio-Kleen Aluma Kleen aluminum boat cleaner on dry aluminum starting from the bottom and working up.
  • Agitate with a brush ensuring even coverage.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes dwell time.
  • As aluminum boat cleaner begins to run, re-treat exposed areas and brush again. Allow additional dwell time.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • If streaking occurs, reapply and repeat process.
  • Extremely oxidized pontoons or aluminum may require additional attention or more dwell time before rinsing.
  Aluminum Boat Cleaner
Aluminum Cleaner


  Cleaning Pontoon Before

Before Cleaning Pontoon

  Cleaning Pontoon After

After Cleaning Pontoon

  Aluminum Boat Cleaned

Aluminum Boat Cleaned

Cleaning Aluminum Fishing Boat

Aluminum Boat Cleaning Before and After 

STEP 3: Polishing Pontoons and Aluminum


Cleaner: Metal Polish
Materials: Polishing Ball, Standard Cordless Drill, a Clean Terry Towel

Aluminum Polishing Directions:
  • Always use polishing ball with drill in forward, or clockwise, direction.
  • Place four dime-size drops of metal polish proportionally across the ball for initial application.
  • Add one to two additional drops as needed for the application.
  • Start by using the drill at slow speeds until metal polish is absorbed, then increase speed.
  • Continue down the surface in horizontal motions.
  • Buff off with an additional polishing ball and/or a clean, dry cloth.
  • Always use precaution when using hand tools. Always wear protective eyewear.
Polishing Pontoons
Aluminum Polishing Kit
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Polishing Pontoons and Aluminum


Cleaning pontoons and cleaning aluminum boats can be easy with these three simple steps. Depending on your desired aluminum cleaning results you may only need to complete one or two of these steps.

NOTE: For easy cleaning on your pontoon, boat or RV. Try a black streak remover.

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