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Old 02-11-2017, 05:43 PM   #1
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Aluminum endcap

Today I finally started on my front endcap. This is 6 1/2 hrs!, only 12 more pieces to go!Click image for larger version

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Looks good, I used the same technique with wood door skins. The wood parts ended up needing steaming to make those compound bends. I too like the look better than the end caps.
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Nice!

What material are you using?
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I'm using 5052 .032 aluminum
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:15 PM   #5
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Getting closer... Olympics shaved, one more piece to go!Click image for larger version

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Aluminum endcap

About to embark on this project on my '60 24' Tradewind following your very helpful ideas. I know wood but not metal and it's not clear to me how to cut the aluminum sheet properly w/o damaging its edges. Eastwood makes an electric tool which seems to fit the need for cutting a clean line.

http://www.eastwood.com/electric-met...h6cRoCmiXw_wcB

What is typical for a project like this? You
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The Eastwood nippers

will do the trick, I use some just like them and they make great, clean cuts
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I had mine sheared at a Sheetmetal shop
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:55 AM   #9
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I should note though

that I sanded the edges with a table sander after I cut them with sheers. It worked beautifully
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Could you mix 5052 & 20-24 T3 and have the same ease of installation and finished look?
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I wouldn't

I wouldn't mix 5052 and 2024, the finishes will look different: the 2024 will be much shinier
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I wouldn't mix 5052 and 2024, the finishes will look different: the 2024 will be much shinier


Thanks. That is good to know. I've stripped the factory Zolaton off the interior aluminum and will not repaint it. Am I correct the existing interior skin is 20-24 T3 or equivalent on this 60 Tradewind?
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Looks good!
-Assuming 20hrs for the project?
-You mentioned you had cut at a shop? On your end seam cut cuts would have a very slight concave due to the compound curve? Are the cut straight? Is the line perfect or are there minor "steps"?
- also for around your window did you just cut with hand shears ?
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Thanks. That is good to know. I've stripped the factory Zolaton off the interior aluminum and will not repaint it. Am I correct the existing interior skin is 20-24 T3 or equivalent on this 60 Tradewind?
It's 2024
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