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Old 11-28-2004, 08:00 PM   #1
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copper interior

Has anyone ever taken out some of the panals out and replaced them with copper ones. I have seen pics of this but dont know if you can just buy a kit that may have the panals that you may need or do you need to custom make them. I have also seen some pictures of people putting leather on the walls to make it like an old lounge or something. this seems dangerous, what about if the wall get condensation on them in the winter.
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Old 11-28-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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You've probably already seen this site:

http://www.winickdesign.com/Interest...opper_bath.htm

I think you'll have to custom cut the panels you want to install. The market isn't really big enough for anyone to offer kits.

I don't think leather would be any worse in the condensation than the fabric Airstream puts in the new ones, or the vinyl on my 68. In fact the only times I've heard people even discuss condensation has been on CCDs, which have no wall coverings at all.
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Old 11-28-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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You've probably already seen this site:

http://www.winickdesign.com/Interest...opper_bath.htm

I think you'll have to custom cut the panels you want to install. The market isn't really big enough for anyone to offer kits.

I don't think leather would be any worse in the condensation than the fabric Airstream puts in the new ones, or the vinyl on my 68. In fact the only times I've heard people even discuss condensation has been on CCDs, which have no wall coverings at all.

ya thats what ive seen most recently but i have heard of others doing this also.
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:29 PM   #4
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Yikes! I've always heard when you put copper and aluminum together you get a battery, as in flowing current, especially if there is a conducting fluid handy, say like rain! I know for sure it is why you can't use copper bottom paint on an aluminum boat. Before I would proceed, I would definitely consult a qualified chemist or metallurgist. Just my .02!

I do know that copper coated wire is widely available, and I'm not sure why it doesn't have a short life, the copper causing the aluminum to corrode. It could be there is no electrolyte present.

I found this quote on a solar collector site:
Q. Do Sun Ray Solar Copper Aluminum absorber plates corrode?

A. Generally the dissimilar metals have a different electric charge, in this case copper, a noble metal with a positive charge (cathode), and aluminum, a less noble metal, with a negative charge (anode). If the two materials are in contact with a corrosive electrolyte like the water in car battery, corrosion will occur (read "increase") on the least noble material, the aluminum (anode) and decrease on the noblest metal, the copper (cathode). Similar to an anode rod in a water heater. This corrosion is called galvanic corrosion.
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there are copper covered laminate sheets in various sizes available on ebay. The seller told me they were flexible enough to stand a u shaped bend. Might be a good look for someone.
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Alternate source for copper...

Check out the following site for an alternative type of copper. This stuff is pretty cool. Wether or not the electrolytic problem would be solved I am not sure. There is an adhesive backer that might insulate the copper from whatever it is stuck to but I don't know for sure. I would certainly think that the stuff could attached to aluminum that has the vinyl skin on it without any problem.

http://www.alsacorp.com/products/sh.../sheetingfx.htm

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cool stuff---I love their aluminum finish laminates
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