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Old 05-11-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Brushed Aluminum Skin Protectant

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I've stripped and brushed my whole interior skin, now i'm looking for a way to protect it. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas about the longevity of clear coating the inside with a clear matte finish kryolon spray paint vs this sharkhide stuff. I'm thinking the spray will be easier, especially when trying to clean the walls in the kitchen area. Any ideas?

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Old 05-11-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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good thought. i have a 2010 flying cloud with the bare aluminum inside. how do i protect it from tarnish? do i walbanize it? do i see a good massage coming?
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I do not have a recommendation, except to say be very careful about the chemical you decide on. Sharkhide is not one of them. Off gassing of a harmful chemical could create an unlivable or dangerous environment. I am not against a product like Sharkhide for the exterior, but I would never use it on the inside/interior. I cannot speak for Kryolon.
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I've used rustoleum clear matte before on other projects, its dries just fine and leaves a nice coat, just wondering if anyone has any experience.

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I would not put anything on it! Leave it natural....

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well the problem right now is, i brushed it with scotch britte bads on a dewalt polisher, it looks awesome, but picks up finger grease incredibly easily, so it needs to be covered or its going to look gross
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I would try this Diamond Clear Gloss Set As far as I know there is not a clear produced that will stick to bare aluminum for very long.

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Old 05-11-2010, 12:17 PM   #8
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Tim, contact Uwe at area63productions.com He's increadibly helpful. He installs brushed 5059 alumanum inside some of his customer's trailers. I'm sure he'd share what he uses.

Also, I believe Sergei ("Smokeless Joe") in his Argosy remodel used alumanum and put something on it.. can't remember if it was sprayed laquer or what. You might search his resto thread and see. It's a panel over the kitchen.

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I was wondering about that eastwood product, i looked at their matte finish version, but it is $12 a can and supposedly covers "6 square feet"!?!?!? Thats nothing! Also I was wondering if that product was overkill ie the 350 deg temp rating. Maybe it is the way to go?
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I would try this Diamond Clear Gloss Set As far as I know there is not a clear produced that will stick to bare aluminum for very long.

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I would ask for, read/understand the safety data sheets first. The link on their site to the PDF does not currently work. I note that they note only exterior metal products as examples of where the product can be used. Find out if the product is rated to be used on interior items. Safety first.
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Hey Marc,

I just got off the phone with Uwe, he was super nice and suggested Carnauba wax. He has used it before and said it was great. And if there is ever a problem just wipe more on. Not bad! I'm going to buy some and give it a try.

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good thought. i have a 2010 flying cloud with the bare aluminum inside. how do i protect it from tarnish? do i walbanize it? do i see a good massage coming?
You don't really have to do anything with the interior aluminum on newer Flying Clouds. It's already got a coating on it. (Our 19' Safari SE has the same interior aluminum.) You can wax it if you want, but I don't think it's really necessary ... just wipe it down periodically with a damp, soft cloth... We use a Swifter cloth to dust it, too.
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I would call the folks at Eastwood and see what they have to offer. I would probably disagree with a previous poster about Sharkhide. That seems like a good product for your needs. I would venture to say all coatings are going to have a certain amount of off-gassing when they are applied and in the curing process. The solvents typically dissipate quickly leaving a solid on the surface. Any I would call the Sharkhide or Eastwood folks and see what they think.
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The link on the Sharkhide MSDS is here. I've also included the actual PDF as an attachment. I do plan to try this product on the Exterior of my '90 next year. I will follow as they they note in the Sharkhide MSDS; Respiratory Protection, Ventilation, Protective Gloves, Eye Protection, Other Protective Clothing, and Work/Hygenic Practices. Jump right to section VIII on page three and read the sum total of nine sentances. Read this and the other sections. Judge for yourself if you want to apply this product indoors, and then whether you are ok with whatever happens in the short, medium and long term; inside your Airstream. I vote for me only, and you know my vote.
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