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Old 03-17-2015, 06:56 AM   #1
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Best type of aluminum for interior walls?

What would be the best type of aluminum for the interior walls?

Can someone pint me in the right direction that has replaced them before.

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Old 03-17-2015, 08:02 AM   #2
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I just did this, and used 5052 in a .04 thickness. I was able to source 4x12 sheets for a little over $50/sheet.

With the benefit of hindsight, had I to do it over again, I would have cleaned up the original interior sheets, slapped them back in place and painted them.

good luck!
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:51 PM   #3
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I just did this, and used 5052 in a .04 thickness. I was able to source 4x12 sheets for a little over $50/sheet.



With the benefit of hindsight, had I to do it over again, I would have cleaned up the original interior sheets, slapped them back in place and painted them.



good luck!

Thank you , my panels are full of holes,


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My local metal supplier sells 3003 x 10', I have used .032 thick for just over $40 a sheet. That's cheaper than I can strip the old stuff. A quick pass with nuvite S after its cut to shape removes finger prints and leave a protective coating. I've heard of a few folks who find it with a plastic film that can be left on until you rivet it in place.

The first trailer I did this too, I used .025 and it dents too easy.
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What would be the best type of aluminum for the interior walls?

Can someone pint me in the right direction that has replaced them before.

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Here's a link to the company that sells a plastic material that look's like stainless steel. I ordered 105 square feet of it and installed it in a 1996 34' Excella that I bought for a winter project.
The material is PSA (self stick) and on larger areas, that can be a problem, so I used #6 finish washers and stainless steel screws. It turned out very well.
Good luck.

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Here's a link to the company that sells a plastic material that look's like stainless steel. I ordered 105 square feet of it and installed it in a 1996 34' Excella that I bought for a winter project.
The material is PSA (self stick) and on larger areas, that can be a problem, so I used #6 finish washers and stainless steel screws. It turned out very well.
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Wow! How cool is that stuff! I've sent off an email to the manufacturer, but have any ideas as to how well that stuff would stick to new Zolatone?
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Best type of aluminum for interior walls?

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Here's a link to the company that sells a plastic material that look's like stainless steel. I ordered 105 square feet of it and installed it in a 1996 34' Excella that I bought for a winter project.

The material is PSA (self stick) and on larger areas, that can be a problem, so I used #6 finish washers and stainless steel screws. It turned out very well.

Good luck.



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Larry, how well is this plastic holding up to the elements? Hot / cold temps? I live in Florida and the heat makes plastic brittle over time. How's the quality?



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Wow! How cool is that stuff! I've sent off an email to the manufacturer, but have any ideas as to how well that stuff would stick to new Zolatone?

I don't know about the Zolatone, but I promise you, it WILL stick to most anything, including some things you don't want it to. That's the reason, I used finish washers in some of the larger areas...

I really do like the appearance...

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Larry, how well is this plastic holding up to the elements? Hot / cold temps? I live in Florida and the heat makes plastic brittle over time. How's the quality?



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James, I am just now finishing this 34' project, and haven't had it one the road yet. We live in Alabama, between Pensacola, and Mobile, and I have seen some that has been installed in an office about 5 years ago, that still look's like new.
The quality is excellent, it comes in 4 foot wide lengths, you can order as little as one foot. On areas that we "smudged", it cleans up very nicely. I did the walls, of the dinette, and the kitchen in in our 34, as well as the refrigerator door panels.
I'm impressed with it..

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Here's a link to the company that sells a plastic material that look's like stainless steel. I ordered 105 square feet of it and installed it in a 1996 34' Excella that I bought for a winter project.
The material is PSA (self stick) and on larger areas, that can be a problem, so I used #6 finish washers and stainless steel screws. It turned out very well.
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Hi Larry! What did you put this material over? Did you put it over the existing interior walls? Did you have to pull all the rivets first so they didn't show through the new material?

Secondly, when you used washers and screws are you saying you just didn't pull the adhesive backing off?

Thanks for the clarification!

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Hi Larry! What did you put this material over? Did you put it over the existing interior walls? Did you have to pull all the rivets first so they didn't show through the new material?

Secondly, when you used washers and screws are you saying you just didn't pull the adhesive backing off?

Thanks for the clarification!

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It was installed over the existing walls. On the smaller areas, I peeled off the PSA protective coating, and used the PSA, it works fine. The larger areas were the problem, because this material sticks very well, it can (and will) stick where it isn't supposed to.
So to overcome that, I used 1/2" stainless steel oval head screws and stainless steel finish washers, spaced about 12" apart. I think it looks good, and adds to the interior appearance.
I did note pull all rivets, as most of the areas I covered the original aluminum was overlayed with 1/8" luan/vinyle paneling. There were a couple places where I didn't was to disturb the sacred "mousehair" that I just covered the mousehair....

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Not sure what's best, but I used a brushed anodized aluminum. Comes is 4 by 8 foot sheets, usually available at any laminate supplier.
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