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Old 02-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #15
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One way to find out...let Frank try it...
I am usually in that school of thought, but I would hate to ruin over a grand in aluminum and many days labor.
Not sure if many of you have priced automotive finishes, but significant $$ are involved. Half the trailer interior was done in high gloss MTLK and between the gallon of primer, catalyst, gallon of top coat, and hardener, it all ran me a cup of coffee, short of $600. The top coat my supplier is recommending is $324 a gallon. I think it has a can made of solid gold. It is self etching and will go directly on the bare aluminum with just a cleaning of solvent. I was hoping someone might have crossed this path before and could shed some light on their experience.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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Hey guys, if it's good enough to walk on, it's good enough for the interior walls.

Frank, give it a sample try.

Use some Future floor acrylic. (wax)

If the metal is clean, it will bond, and it's easy to get off, if need be.

PLUS, it's a lot easier to apply, and costs a fraction.

It's must be tough stuff or else it would not hold up to foot traffic.

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Frank, I know you asked for people with experiece with interier clear coat. I do not have that. I do have experience with giving my opinion. So here goes.

I have bare aluminum in paces in my trailer. On the inside I think oxidation is not a major issue but human grease (from hair and fingers) and cooking grease attracting dirt is a concern.

I would forgo the clear coat as though it may help, it will not be the cure. I think finger prints and head prints will still show. Maybe they will not etch as quick as in pure aluminum. I would go with a good auto polish. I think you will get the same results as the clear coat, but maybe will need to clean and reapply a little more often.

So every so often you have to wipe off the skins whether auto polish or clear coat. Maybe every year or two you reapply polish where clear coat may last 10 years.

To me, it’s a matter of paying to alleviate maintenance.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #18
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Use ALclad Aluminum to reduce oxidation.

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:38 AM   #19
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Hey guys, if it's good enough to walk on, it's good enough for the interior walls.

Frank, give it a sample try.

Use some Future floor acrylic. (wax)

If the metal is clean, it will bond, and it's easy to get off, if need be.

PLUS, it's a lot easier to apply, and costs a fraction.

It's must be tough stuff or else it would not hold up to foot traffic.

Andy
WOW THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!! I love that kind of thinking. I often find using things out of context to achieve grand results.

Perry, The aluminum is all purchased and 3/4 of it is installed at this point. The customer wanted a brushed look and I would just have to put my foot down at a polished interior.

Still open to more ideas. For once I am part of a discussion not involving clubs, tires, or axles and I am loving it!!!!
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Frank...
"I would just have to put my foot down at a polished interior."

????? for or against.

I doubt shiny finger prints would be very appealing to MY co-pilot.

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:49 AM   #21
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A few days ago there were some very negative comments on POR's Glisten: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...ml#post1105723

I've been watching for comments about it, and remain curious.
That's GOOD to know. I have some of the Glisten waiting in the wings for my interior (if I ever finish polishing it!). I think I may just go with Andy's idea or just use polish....either one isn't as big a deal to remove if I screw that up! (anyone want to buy some Glisten?!)
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Since I'm just about to order up a dozen 4x10 sheets of mill finish stock, I'm curious if anyone has anything to add to all this info. I'm liking the car polish (wax?) idea, since I don't want to try etch primer and then clear coat on top as a first option.
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