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Old 10-11-2004, 11:30 AM   #1
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Make mine dull aluminum

I just replaced the side sheet on my 59 Tradewind with Alclad. Does anyone know a quick and tested way to dull the shine so that it matches the rest of my trailer? I'm currently testing hydrogen peroxide. I don't want something that will look to streaky, just a nice, dull, even finish. I don't want to use anything irreversible because I may decide someday to polish the whole thing.

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Old 10-11-2004, 08:32 PM   #2
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Yes Don, h'ain't it been great since 'bout Labor Day? Don't give away the 'Glory Season' to dem Southerners ('cept they should SURE come up now, cuz it's about to get nast-tee!!!)

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Walnut Shells (at this thread) would probably give you too much a ground glass look. Dunno about plastic beads. You'd need a venturi delivery of some sort. Google on 'walnut shell blasting.' Seems to give plenty of the alternatives....
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Place it in the back yard under a tree, wait 45 years
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Is that your Garelick Steel 5052 aluminum?

I'll take a scrap of my 5052 to work Tuesday and shellblast it, then bring it home and set up a photo of reflections in original vs. blasted surface.
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Not sure but when hubby gets his big truck (hauls gasoline) washed and he has his tanks acid washed always has to come home and polish up leaves a dull looking surface. Might be what you are looking for not sure. Will ask hubby when he gets home. If they leave the acid wash on too long it really gives a dull surface.
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I just replaced the side sheet on my 59 Tradewind with Alclad. Does anyone know a quick and tested way to dull the shine so that it matches the rest of my trailer? I'm currently testing hydrogen peroxide. I don't want something that will look to streaky, just a nice, dull, even finish. I don't want to use anything irreversible because I may decide someday to polish the whole thing.

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PM me -- I'll mail you the piece after the photo. I really do think it goes a bit too far though. Wonder about buffing with something afterward....
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:14 PM   #7
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Is that your Garelick Steel 5052 aluminum?

I'll take a scrap of my 5052 to work Tuesday and shellblast it, then bring it home and set up a photo of reflections in original vs. blasted surface.
No, I used the 5052 for the belly and ordered a sheet of 2024 Alclad for the side. I have a cheap sandblasting nozzle, let me know if the shells work. Appreciate it.

The hydrogen peroxide didn't do anything. Guess I could wait another 45 years. I would rather not use any acid.
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You don't want to use acid, unless you plan to use the trailer indoors only.

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I just replaced the side sheet on my 59 Tradewind with Alclad. Does anyone know a quick and tested way to dull the shine so that it matches the rest of my trailer? I'm currently testing hydrogen peroxide. I don't want something that will look to streaky, just a nice, dull, even finish. I don't want to use anything irreversible because I may decide someday to polish the whole thing.

Thanks for your help.
Don, this may be the excuse you've needed to polish your coach. All it takes is some polish, and elbow grease, and if you can park it indoors, it will give you something to do this winter.
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Go by a truck wash and ask them about acid wash on the alum. Won't hurt to ask. Beats waiting 45 years.Jalina
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You don't want to use acid, unless you plan to use the trailer indoors only.

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I think I might just make a whitewash with some PVA drywall primer, thinned copiously with water, and spray it on.

The aluminum sheet came with a plastic protective sheet that I left on until I had it mounted. The plastic was a pretty good match for dull aluminum, but I'm not sure it would have stayed on at highway speed.
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You could take it to the seashore and leave it there for about 2 years - would save 44 years.

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Yeah, And get a sunburn. I plan to stay away from any seashore. Except maybe Oregon and Washington.
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Don, I've been polishing my trailer with a two part process. The first part is a Fouride based cleaner and the second part is a polish/wax. The cleaner dulls the finish, which might work for you. However I must warn you, if you try the polish you want to do the whole damn trailer !

Go to : metalwax.com

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