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How To Save Money On Buying A New Pontoon Boat By Fixing Up An Older One – Part 1

By David Charles

Did you recently purchase an older Pontoon Boat that could use a little help? I will show you how we turned our Project Pontoon Boat into a beautiful boat that our whole family can be proud of.

We recently purchased a 1991 Lowe 18′ Pontoon Boat as a project and renovated it to bring it back up to date. Every time we take it out on the lake, the questions pour in about what year it is, what all we did to it, how much the project cost and so on. The boat was purchased in March of 2012 for $3,500.00 with a solid 1991 two stroke outboard and we have put no more than $2,000.00 total into making it gorgeous, again in our eyes.

The easiest item to address on your Pontoon Boat is cleaning the aluminum Pontoons and aluminum railings. The Bimini Top frame is often aluminum as well and should not be left un-cleaned during you’re polishing. I usually use a product called Nu Shine and it does a wonderful job eating off all the oxidation that years of abuse can leave behind. I could go on for a long time discussing the various ways to remove aluminum oxidation, but using a product like Nu Shine is probably one of the easiest ways and will allow you to clean up the aluminum on your Pontoon Boat without all the scrubbing and back breaking labor.

So your boat is 20 years old has a bunch of unidentifiable black streaks that you cannot get off. We had this issue also with our Project Pontoon Boat and wouldn’t you know, we found a product called Black Streak Remover that did exactly what it said. Spray it on, let it sit for a short while and wipe it off. I didn’t have to scrub a thing and it really brought our Outboard Motor back to its original glory. Our motor was white but had this horrible yellow tint to it and after using this on it, well, it was white again. Simply amazing and you should try it on your Pontoon Boat as well.

The one major item that made the biggest difference in our project Pontoon Boat was replacing all of the old wood-grain looking aluminum railing panels that had old fading and chipping decals, with new smooth white panels. There are other color options besides white, I just felt white was a nice neutral color. This made our Project Pontoon Boat look almost like a new model boat by itself. I would not recommend that you try this unless you are extremely handy and love to torture yourself. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started, but I was able to finish the panels in one weekend with the help of a good friend. The total for replacing the Pontoon Boat Panels came in at around $150.00 for the aluminum. I simply purchased Aluminum Trim Coil and cut it to size with metal shears. After the panels are installed, apply the Pontoon Graphics of you’re choosing and you will now have a more modern looking Pontoon Boat. Check out our site listed below for more details and prices on materials.

In Part 2 of this article we continue where we left off and cover Pontoon Boat Seats, Pontoon Boat Carpeting and Pontoon Boat Floorboards. Make sure to check it out and finish reading about our Pontoon Boat Project.

Want even more information about Pontoon Boats, then check out and also take a look at their selection of Pontoon Bimini Tops at amazing prices!

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Charles, David "How To Save Money On Buying A New Pontoon Boat By Fixing Up An Older One – Part 1." How To Save Money On Buying A New Pontoon Boat By Fixing Up An Older One – Part 1. 16 Oct. 2012. 17 Sep 2014 <>.

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