TOON SAUCE

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR / Q&A -

Alu­minum’s prop­erty of spon­ta­neously form­ing a pro­tec­tive layer of ox­ide makes it durable and ideal for ma­rine use. Heck, lower main­te­nance and dura­bil­ity are a cou­ple of the rea­sons why many U.S. Coast Guard boats are built from un­painted alu­minum. But many recre­ational boaters ex­pect a higher level of aes­thet­ics than “dull gray and durable.” Even an­odized and painted alu­minum re­quire clean­ing and weather pro­tec­tion.

I ap­plied Toon Sauce to the an­odized alu­minum pipe work sup­port­ing my boat’s T-top in or­der to test it.

First of all, it did re­move stains on the tub­ing when ap­plied as di­rected. It also did not ap­pear to harm the an­odized fin­ish. (I also ap­plied some to a piece of painted

alu­minum sid­ing and noth­ing un­to­ward oc­curred.) I can­not say how long the pro­tec­tive coat­ing it leaves be­hind will last be­cause I tested it just prior to dead­line. Be sure to shake it well. And do ap­ply from the bot­tom up as the di­rec­tions state. (When I ap­plied it from the top, the

stuff that ran cre­ated streak “shad­ows.”) It sup­pos­edly works bet­ter on wet alu­minum, a fea­ture pon­toon­ers

will find con­ve­nient. It re­tails for $19.99 at boat­bling.net.

—Kevin Falvey

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