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Old 01-25-2005, 08:36 AM   #1
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Laminated aluminum

http://www.chmetal.com/700.html#

This is a link to a material I found that might be just the ticket for updating interiors to a CCD type look. I am getting some to try on my entry door, as I am not happy with the riveted sheet aluminum I put on there.
The engineer tells me this stuff will take abuse, hold its shine and can be used on curved areas like cabinet faces. I am anxious to try it and will post resulting photos if it goes well.
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Old 01-25-2005, 09:17 AM   #2
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VERY interesting stuff. I plan to line the wet bath in a stainless to water proof. I was going to use some .025 sheet. this might be a better alternative.

Keep us posted. Might have to swing by and look at it when you get it.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:09 AM   #3
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you are welcome anytime! (Bring your toolbox....just kidding)
I am waiting for the samples to be shipped to me, and then I will see what will work for my applications.
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:32 PM   #4
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Great looking panels. Can they be purchased from the same site, I didn't see a "buy me now" button. Sure 'm gettin spoiled. I could use this for the overhead in the sleeping quarters. I'ld just hand bend it to a rib frame of expoxied solid plywood. I was going to use the 2024 and veneer but this stuff is nice. In your search did you find a site with the colored aluminum panels?
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Great looking stuff. As you know I've been experimenting with the "veneer" approach using thin aluminum flashing coils. The results have been mixed. Certainly achieves the CCD look but some of the longer overhead sections tend to "bubble" in that the thin flashing just doesn't hold it's shapre very well. Once it warms up a little I plan to try some adhesives to "bond" the veneer to the older, thicker panel.

I looked at a similar laminate products from Outwater Plastics and remember that they seemed expensive. I think I figured out it would be less expensive to re-skin with 0.25 than to cover with laminate. I was wondering if you knew what the prices looked like on this stuff as it looks like a fantastic solution.

On your door; I tried the flashing and really did not like the results at all. The channel around the door did not have enough clearance to slide the new materiel over the old and I didn't like the multiple seems on the door. I ended up removing the original panel to replace the door window and after looking at them I plan to replace them entirely with new sheet aluminum, using the old ones as templates.
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:08 PM   #6
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Yeah I used the flashing for the bottome sections of the door below the lock, and i am not satisfied with the results. I am not sure of the cost on this new stuff, but I am looking into it further,. They are sending the samples, and may talk me through an install on the door and another area to see how it goes. Hopefully it is affordable. Wilson Art makes a great looking laminate also, that is not metal but lloks like it...this Chemetal stuff actually is a metallic surface bonded to the laminate underneath.
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Nice material. I could see using some of it to line the interior of cabinets or as door panels with wooden frames. I also sent for samples.Thanks
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Here is a source for an alternative laminate metal material.

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

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I like that too, I am hoping for an affordable aluminum solution to cover maybe the cabinets, or some wall areas, not sure yet. I will try the door first thought as the test area.
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I like that too, I am hoping for an affordable aluminum solution to cover maybe the cabinets, or some wall areas, not sure yet. I will try the door first thought as the test area.
I just received a sample of .024 diamond plate aluminum from an ebay seller. It's actually stamped, but looks great to me. I'm going for an industrial, race shop kind of theme. I'm going to test it on the cabinet doors and for sliding into trim rails too. Check out his stuff here:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQ...sassZcutsmetal
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I had a dog kennel made from this material and it works great, it has been used for architectural signs/details for some time now.
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Great find! I sent him a note about this product and asked if he can make it without the diamon plate. That product (without the diamond plate pattern in my case) could be just the ticket for those if us looking to convert to the CCD style interiors. I like the brightness, the thickness is lightweight so it should hold it's shape and the self adhesive backing would make installation much easier (I've been wrestling 13' long pieces of .010 into place....not fun).

I can also see applications for the dimond plate. I've been thinking about using it on my stairs and as a kick plate up to the drivers compartment....but it's really expensive stuff and the thickness can cause issues on the retracting stairs. This could be used as a great "makeover" veneer.

I'll post what I find out.
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Yes that diamond plate is very tempting also....what do you think about using it on the entry step, or is it too thin? If it is more decorative than functional I might use it to update the door as mentioned. The industrial look could be way cool too.
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I saw a picture of a diamond plate step on an AS TT and loved it. It looked like a similar "stick on" product cut out about 1/2" smaller than the step with 1" radius corners. The owner also painted the stairs with aluminum paint. The whole thing looked great.

Diamond plate for the whole interior would look very cool. I saw some toy haulers at the local RV show that had that "race trailer" style interior. For our interior plans it might be too much visual stimulation so I'm hoping this guy can ship the same material sans the embossed plate pattern. It's the stick on backing that really appeals to me from an installation point of view.

I'm thinking you could cut paper patterns, transfer to this material, drill out the rivets on the original panel, clean the wall really really well, set the "veneer", remove the backing and "stick" it into place, then re-rivet through both materials into the ribs. You would just repeat this process down each sidewall.
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