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Old 10-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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replacing interior skin

I thought this was going to be simple, clean a bit, change out a few minor things, and enjoy. The search for a leak or two has my trailer about gutted. Now Im thinking replacing the interior skin with aluminum sheeting, and from what i have seen on the forums, 5050 .040 18 gauge is a good choice. My question is can i replace it in 4x8 sheets instead of the long continuous sheets that are original without compromising structure? It seems to me if I am overlapping on the rib and riveting securely, it should still be ok, but im no architect.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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I don't see any reason you couldn't
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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thank you so much...it will be cheaper and easier to do it that way, buying the sheets as i go, this eases my mind and makes my heart a little lighter, lol.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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I plan to use the longer (17') sheets in mine. I believe I have found a local metal supplier who can get them for me. I think it will be less work. (hang one sheet instead of two)
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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i can only find the 4x8 sheets locally. Im also doing it on a budget, and I work full time with two boys in sports every evening. I will be lucky to get this right as i am definitely not very handy, but i sure am gonna try
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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I reskinned my entry door, and now find that every time I touch it, I get at least a finger mark, and at worst (ie., sweaty shoulder bump), a corroded patch. I spoke to the factory and they say they use the same aluminum on the shiny interiors as they use on the exteriors, and this is an Alcoa aluminum with a plastic clear coat that is factory applied. Do y'all plan to do anything to seal your bare aluminum interiors?

Also, on the concerns about structural integrity above, I doubt that the interior skins contribute appreciably to the structure, just judging from the low frequency of relatively weak pop rivets.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:03 PM   #7
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can i buy the clear coat and apply it myself? I have no idea, just trying to figure it all out myself
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