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Old 09-13-2016, 11:05 AM   #1
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Will 0.016" Sheet Patch This?

On my '64 Streamline Countess there is a series of gashes in one panel that I'd like to patch. The previous owner covered them with some kind of metallic tape and it seems to be working, but I'd like to patch over it with aluminum. Rather than having several small patches, I think that it would look slightly less distracting if I covered the entire strip of that panel with a single strip of aluminum.

I can get a 12" width by several feet long strip of 0.016" 2024 T3 for about $5/foot which would allow me to make an approximately 10" x 132" patch to cover this, but is that too thin? There's plenty of good, solid panel to back it so maybe this will be fine. It would save me from having to buy a full 4' x 12' x 0.032" sheet which is 3 times more than I need.

Any thoughts?

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Old 09-13-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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You might be able to use thin double sticky tape (like stick down carpet tape) to adhere the thin aluminum patch to the original panel. Your patch has no structural function anyway. Seal the edges down well, so the wind and rain do not get under the patch. You could put a few blind pop rivets in as well to make sure.

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Old 09-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #3
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.016 should be good for what you are doing. Happy riveting or just use double sided tape like the other poster stated. Biggest issue will be getting a nice cut which I would recommend a nice pair of vinyl siding shears. Like in the pic Click image for larger version

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Old 09-15-2016, 06:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I actually have the inside skins off at the moment, so I'll be buck riveting that strip on with sealant between the skin and the patch, so no need for the double faced tape or concerns with water intrusion.

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Old 09-15-2016, 07:09 AM   #5
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Be careful when you shoot the rivets in a sheet that thin. Too much pressure at the rivet gun might dimple the thin sheet and kick up the edges.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:44 PM   #6
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0.32" is the proper thickness. 0.16" is too thin.

In Metro Seattle, I've bought 0.30" Aluminum sheets at Metal Supermarkets for years. They're more than happy to cut the length I need.


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