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Old 07-06-2015, 01:04 PM   #15
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You have to strip the clear coat to get good adhesion. Solvents such as acetone work but it is very flammable. Check the posts on polishing AS since they all have a story about strippers. You can use two-part epoxy but it will age and chalk over time. Best approach is to prep the aluminum and use two part polyurethane . (spray or roll on and tip out with a good brush). Boats and aircraft are painted with this, except below the waterline where epoxy has to be used since urethane doesn't hold up under full immersion. You can get it at marine supply stores or fiberglass supply stores specializing in boat repair. I did my boat 30 years ago and it still looks good without peeling.

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