Originally Posted by neil.mccrirrick
It's is ready for paint. But my plan was not to paint. I am under the impression that the ally will oxidise and finish up looking pretty much like a trailer does. Is this not the case?
Its already oxidized, pretty much happens immediately. The bottom will stay looking basically as is due if used but stored dry on a trailer. I'd still have a nice big zinc on the transom somewhere to address any stray currents while its in the water or at a marina.
The topsides, if left unpainted, will get a little more corroded looking. Mostly just a visible blotchiness. There's no water flowing over them as a 'polish'. You can wax the topsides if you want, it will minimize the blotchy look. Wax will need to be renewed often but at least its not peeling paint.