My revised list to refinish my aka bars:
#1. Unscrew and remove the front and back aka brace bars.
#2. Unscrew and remove the paddle bungee from the aka bar.
#3. Sand down with gentle sand paper, all 4 of the aka bars.
#4. Clean sanded aka bars with Prepol.
#5. Paint a base coat on all the aka bars. I was thinking of using Alodine, but after reading the MSDS sheet on this stuff, I'm thinking I see if there is something else out there.
#6. Attach a sacrificial anode to the aka brace bars.
#7. Paint a good marine black coat of paint on top.
#8. Screw the aka brace bars back on, using blue loc tight.
Nohuhu, thank you for the heads up on the second coat of xylene based finish coat. I'll be quick, and leave the smoking to beach fires.
Slaughter, looks like Prepsol is over on this side of the water too. I can pick it up at an autobody store here. Thanks.
CGMoo, Chrome? Hummm..... Now that would be interesting.... a new fad.....Hey!!!! YOUR COW JUST STUCK IT'S TONGUE OUT AT ME!!!!!!
Kayakman7, I for sure am the last person to talk to about chemical reactions, but from what I am experiencing, I saw the area where the screw goes through the aka bar into the boat, and at that area there is no paint, but it is where the majority of the aluminum decay is happening. The paint on the aka bars is blistering and falling off, but its not reacting as strongly as where there is no paint and the screw goes through the aka bar into the boat.
Thank you everyone for your advice. I'll have my AI looking brand new when I go out on the water again.