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Old 12-22-2006, 01:55 PM   #15
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Realpank, Getting back to the original question - - - I doubt your '82 would have Alclad. From what I've been able to find out, Airstream last used Alclad on trailers in '68. From then on it was T-6 grade with clearcoats of varying chemical make-ups over the years. ... Darol
This is a serious deviation from most posts I've seen. I was sure, from reading other posts here, that the 70's AS used Alclad. When I replace my vista views with sheet covers, it's important to me that their appearance, when polished, is similar to the rest of the shell. Is there a undisputable reliable source for this info?

If Darol is correct, the T-6 non-alclad is certainly easier to get these days and cheaper, too.

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Old 12-22-2006, 02:08 PM   #16
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i guess the best thing to do would be test a little piece? you just never know until you put it in the trailer. i'm doing the center panel of my ceiling in my 59 ou tof polished aluminum. i had some scraps of non-alclad 3003, i tink it is. when i polished the interior caps, and the new panels, they polish about the same, i guess. the interior caps were sanded, though... so they have lost their alclad, but the alloy of the metal is different than the replacements. close enough for gummit work, i say!

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This is a serious deviation from most posts I've seen. I was sure, from reading other posts here, that the 70's AS used Alclad. When I replace my vista views with sheet covers, it's important to me that their appearance, when polished, is similar to the rest of the shell. Is there a undisputable reliable source for this info?

If Darol is correct, the T-6 non-alclad is certainly easier to get these days and cheaper, too.

thanks,
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My 1975 has (according to the manual) .040 Alclad the only metal where it calls out the actual alloy is the belly pan and it is .024 3004 Aluminum. I will do some additional research and report back. FWIW I am pretty sure my 80 model is the same materials...it sure looks the same and has weathered about the same

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Old 12-22-2006, 03:32 PM   #18
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My 1975 has (according to the manual) .040 Alclad the only metal where it calls out the actual alloy is the belly pan and it is .024 3004 Aluminum.
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Starting in 1975 Airstream used .040" Aclad for the lower side sheets on trailers "only." All other uses of the Alclad was .032" (window and roof sheets).

From 1974 and prior the alclad was all .032".

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Old 01-29-2007, 11:45 AM   #19
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Can anyone tell me what the relative guage thickness is for .032" and .040 Alclad would be. Thanks, Bob,
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:59 PM   #20
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Can anyone tell me what the relative guage thickness is for .032" and .040 Alclad would be. Thanks, Bob,
It correlates to 20 and 18 gauge in steel sheet. I have always ordered sheet aluminum by inch thickness and alloy...and color

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it will still polish up regardless of grade. the difference between an alclad sheet polished and a non-clad sheet would only be visible side by side. unless you keep the trailer indoors, you have to polish it a couple times a year anyway.

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I have to check the forum, but once I have the TW final polish done I am planning on clear-coating so I won't have to polish.
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Column #1 is USS rev. Hot & cold rolled sheet steel
Column #2 is Brown & Sharp. Aluminum, Brass, Bronze
Column #3 is United States Std. Stainless, Steel, monel, nickel

3 Ga =.2391 .2294 .2500
7 Ga =.1793 .1443 .1875
10 Ga =.1345 .1019 .1406
11 Ga =.1196 .0907 .1250
12 Ga =.1046 .0808 .1093
13 Ga =.0897 .0720 .0937
14 Ga =.0747 .0641 .0781
15 Ga =.0673 .0571 .0703
16 Ga =.0598 .0508 .0625
17 Ga =.0562 .0453 .0562
18 Ga =.0478 .0403 .0500
19 Ga =.0418 .0359 .0437
20 Ga =.0359 .0320 .0375
21 Ga =.0329 .0285 .0343
22 Ga =.0299 .0253 .0312
23 Ga =.0269 .0226 .0281
24 Ga =.0239 .0201 .0250
25 Ga =.0209 .0179 .0218
26 Ga =.0179 .0159 .0187
27 Ga =.0165 .0142 .0171
28 Ga =.0149 .0126 .0156
29 Ga =.0135 .0113 .0140
30 Ga =.0120 .0100 .0125

This is a Comparision of Gauges list I took from one of my metalworking handbooks. Notice different thicknesses for different standards. Hope this helps

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Thanks again Aaron and Kip. I wanted to know for the purpose of buying a cutting shear. I am not sure if it will be electric or air powered, but am leaning toward electric. I think that would be a bit more versatile.
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It can be done!

Have started to polish our 82 310. It can be done just a lot of work! I have taken the Airstream off the hood after the pic. I have polished and painted them as well.

Just lots of compound and time!
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:01 AM   #25
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mmmmmmmmmm very nice indeed. Have you considered painting your reservoirs black? I like to make them disappear behind the grill.... total effect is nice so that it doesn't take away from the beauty of the final job. Nice work.
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I tried hard to get my grill to shine. It never quite got there all the way. I ended up painting the inset part black instead of gray which made the face look shinier by contrast.
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Thanks!
Many more hours left on the buffer.

Yes, I will have everything behind flat black when I have the grill off to paint. Just trying to get everything replaced and in place before I do it!
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I've been looking at my grill and wondering how well it would buff out. It was lot's easier to paint those reservoirs when the grill was out.
Will we see your work in Hiawassee in April?
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