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Old 01-29-2013, 06:08 PM   #15
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Has anyone ever thought about taking the new replacement panel and having it electroplated with pure Aluminum? This would make it polish like the original 2024-T3 Alclad aluminum.

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New segments will polish almost exactly the same as 2024T3.

Only the very critical eye can tell the difference.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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I think I will just continue to source salvaged panels. Let me know how that goes...
I think it would be a lot easier if Airstream re negotiated their metal contract and pressed them out of Alclad like in the good old days.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #17
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You mean like Frank?

If they would just switch to Alclad whatever the alloy underneath. This would solve alot of the corrosion problems on the newer Airstreams as well.

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New segments will polish almost exactly the same as 2024T3.

Only the very critical eye can tell the difference.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:05 AM   #18
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Everything is pressed out of the current alloy. The current alloy is used because it is considerably cheaper than Alclad. Though offering brand new panels for older units it great, it is a huge disservice to be supplied the wrong metal. I learned this all the hard way. It was a very expensive lesson to have to learn. When I asked Airstream why they are made from the wrong alloy they replied that their contract with the metal supplier causes them to not use alclad. I suspect the tonnage needed to press the panels would be significantly more also. The current alloy is the same metal used to press license plates.
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Let us know how that electroplating goes. I suspect it will be cost prohibitive beyond anything you would imagine.
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What is the current alloy? I expect the corrosion properties are going to be much worse on the uncoated alloy which means the polish won't last long.

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I too need a couple replacement panels for a '93 Excella 1000. When did Airstream stop pressing the Alclad panels...is the license plate alloy going to be an issue for me?
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I too need a couple replacement panels for a '93 Excella 1000. When did Airstream stop pressing the Alclad panels...is the license plate alloy going to be an issue for me?
Airstream "never" pressed alclad panels.

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Andy, Then what did they used to press? Because what they press now is not the same as what they used to. It is not even remotely close.

Binkers, your unit is not made of Alclad. What is offered currently will match perfectly.
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Andy, Then what did they used to press? Because what they press now is not the same as what they used to. It is not even remotely close.

Binkers, your unit is not made of Alclad. What is offered currently will match perfectly.
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If alclad is stretched, it will tear.

All segments are a softer material than the side sheets.

I really don't know what material it is, but it is softer, lending itself to being stretched.

Good example is when a coach receives hail damage.

The side sheets, since they are alclad, which is tempered stress relieved, recover from moderate hail damage simply by being exposed to the sun.

On the other hand, hail dents never disappear from any segments, since they are a different material.

I went through that thousands of times when I was with Caravanner insurance company.

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Can they clad softer allows? I always thought the numbers were the alloy and the heat treatment followed and then labeled clad or not such as 2024 T3 clad or is only T3 clad?
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I know that one... there is softer levels of alclad. T0 is very malleable. I make eyebrows from T0 since it allow me to bend the front edge 90 degrees. I love making eyebrows, it is virtually all hand work and changes the appearance like no other improvement can. I do not think it would work well as a segment however.
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i need to replace interior and exterior panals on rear upper end from tree limb damage, and new to all this so any advise will be greatly appreciated...
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