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Old 09-17-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Cool Aluminum backsplash.. prevent scratching?

I ordered a few feet of alclad 2024-t3 to use as backsplash material in my trailer. As I am measuring and cutting, I noticed this stuff is going to scratch easy. Rubbing my finger on it leaves a mark that will not wash off.

What are my options here for keeping the surface mostly uniform?
  • Wax it as is. Would this help and how often would one have to rewax?
  • Polish it.. is that better or worse for scratches?
  • Apply my own clear coat. Could I do a DIY job that would look good? and would it be strong enough to not flake off.

Is raw aluminum just a bad idea for a backsplash?
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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I would clear coat it. My galley has aluminum for the backsplash which is the same as the exterior skin. Clear coated...It cleans easily with glass cleaner and doesn't scratch. I have just ordered a piece to install in the bath as a backsplash as well.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:41 PM   #3
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I sprayed a test piece with clear enamel. Appears it will work and look good. It is going to be tricky to get the larger pieces all uniform with no runs.
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Are you trying to do it with cans? A large piece may be better with automotive clear coat and a compressor supplied spray gun. But, hey, if it doesn't look right strip it and start over.
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Hmmm, clear coat.

The front of our little frig is an insert of brushed aluminumish material, that has gotten a few scratches. In desperation, I finally put some car wax on it, which helped immensely in covering the light scratches and preventing new ones.


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Hmmm, clear coat.

The front of our little frig is an insert of brushed aluminumish material, that has gotten a few scratches. In desperation, I finally put some car wax on it, which helped immensely in covering the light scratches and preventing new ones.




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I have found that stainless steel cleaner (in the kitchen departments at Target, Wal Mart, etc.) helps our fridge with those MINOR scuffs. The front corner protectors look really nice after stainless steel appliance cleaner too.
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Spray Can.. anything more will be out of the budget I am trying to stick to. I'm going to get a bunch of drop cloth plastic and make myself a work area. Dexter style.
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