Great Job!! Wow what a shine and beautiful color.
I see you painted the cross bars and some of the other aluminum parts. I have heard that painting these dont hold as well since the paint is not anodized to the aluminum. I may be using bad terminolgy but basically I have heard the paint wont last since it is not the factory paint.
What is your opinion about this? Do you expect this to last while? I'd love to do my aluminum but havent because I was not sure it would last long enough to be worth the effort.
Looks like he's good to go. I wondered this myself.http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/ge ... um-157007/
For what its worth, I rattle-canned my rudder castings, tiller arms and tiller crossbar last spring with Rustoleum "High Heat Grill Paint". Simple process. As is the case with any paint project, surface preparation is paramount. Poolemarkw's castings look better than mine (mine have a flat finish while his have the "pop" of a glossy finish) but still, I'm very pleased with the results. This spring I'm going to do the same thing to my crossbars. No scratches on my rudder system so far but I'm sure I'll eventually get some. The nice thing with the rattle can approach is it makes for very easy touch-ups if/when needed.
poolemarkw, Congrats on your beautiful restoration. That Imron Marlin Blue looks REALLY great!!