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Old 09-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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Question Aluminum sheet for interior surfaces

So, I'm trying to think of something fun and not-too-hard to cover some boring wood inside a 78 Trade Winds. Strikes me that inexpensive aluminum sheet would work, and it could just be attached with screws or rivets and edged with aluminum U-channel.

So, I'm looking at stucco-embossed aluminum sheet or maybe just smooth aluminum sheet. The nice thing about the embossed stuff is that it doesn't show dings and dents near as easily; the flat sheets, on the other hand, would be a lot easier to keep clean.

Aesthetically, I have no idea which would look better.

I've got a quote on a 300 square feet roll of the embossed stuff at like $300, which makes it fairly reasonable, but I'd be real interested if someone in Arizona wanted to split a roll.

What'cha all think?
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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I went with 12 feet from:
https://www.airpartsinc.com/shopexd.asp?id=208

The problem is that there is no finish on it and it scratches crazy easy. My solution was a hand rubbed look with 2000 grit wet and rubbing compound.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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Looks wonderful, but that stuff is pricey!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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Tamara and I put granite paint from Lowe's. Looks like stucco. The PO had glued blue naugahyde vinyl on the entire interior. We first used an oil based primer. The paint has fine sand which hide imperfections an give it a stucco look. It has stayed on for a few years. You can see it on the thread "Our '83 Limited restoration project . Or look at my images by my Avatar.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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That's an awesome wall treatment! Was the paint intended for house interior use?


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Tamara and I put granite paint from Lowe's. Looks like stucco. The PO had glued blue naugahyde vinyl on the entire interior. We first used an oil based primer. The paint has fine sand which hide imperfections an give it a stucco look. It has stayed on for a few years. You can see it on the thread "Our '83 Limited restoration project . Or look at my images by my Avatar.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:57 AM   #6
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Yes it is. We love it and everyone that has toured the trailer at rallys have said that it is awesome.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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Tamara and I put granite paint from Lowe's. Looks like stucco. The PO had glued blue naugahyde vinyl on the entire interior. We first used an oil based primer. The paint has fine sand which hide imperfections an give it a stucco look. It has stayed on for a few years. You can see it on the thread "Our '83 Limited restoration project . Or look at my images by my Avatar.
it looks good!
Go do have any more pics for the wall painting process or may be a close up about the finish?
looking at lowes website now...
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Granite paint question

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Tamara and I put granite paint from Lowe's. Looks like stucco. The PO had glued blue naugahyde vinyl on the entire interior. We first used an oil based primer. The paint has fine sand which hide imperfections an give it a stucco look. It has stayed on for a few years. You can see it on the thread "Our '83 Limited restoration project . Or look at my images by my Avatar.
I missed it, did you put this granite paint over the naugahyde vinyl or is it over metal?
We want to tear out 66' vinyl but not sure how or what to do with the metal under vinyl.
Also, is it cleanable?
It is reminscient of zolatone but less expensive?

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Not sure if this relates... For our refrigerator my wife wanted to be able to attach magnets to the refrigerator, but because it was aluminum versus steel they would not stick. With some coaching and guidance from a neighbor, I found sheets of precut steel at Home Depot - I want to say in the $10 range but it might have been more, and cut these sheets to size (tin snips) and inserted in the refrigerator door frame, top and bottom. Now we can attach magnets - everyone is happy.

So for your situation I don't know if this provides the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Just so you know, I did nothing to the sheets of steel before installing them - that is the way they look. But id these same sheets were installed as you described, I would think either aluminum or steel sheets could work for you.
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