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Old 06-19-2017, 12:21 PM   #1
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Interesting end caps

We are just finishing the front end cap. We used anodized aluminum as shown. Now onto the rear where the bed will be.
Not real enthusiastic about doing the back in aluminum much rather do in another material and looking for interesting solutions. This is a 67 Caravel. No idea is bad or silly...
We are using a wood from the mid section to the floor except behind the lav and the kitchen which is on the street side
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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Great Job

I finished my front end cap a few months ago and it was so much work - way to go!
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:55 AM   #3
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It's been tricky as we only had 3 sheets of aluminum anodized and we are down to just a few pieces so mistakes are not an option.
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Dumb question why don't more people use aluminium inside for panels? The new ones come that way and I like that look much better than the white panels.
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It looks really nice, I would want the consistency at both ends myself.
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Hi

Sitting here in a "new one": Once you get all the cabinets and other stuff into the bedroom, there's not a lot of aluminum visible. It is a ton of work and you did an excellent job on the end you have done already.

Since you asked for ideas: Bamboo

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Did you buy the aluminum pre-anodized? Where from?
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i Vanster, when you took your aluminum pieces to be anodized did you bend each piece to the shape required first? I was told by a shop that does anodizing that bending the pieces after they are processed may cause "crazing" which is essentially small hairline cracks in the finish. I've read that it's less likely to happen on a thin sheet of 0.32 aluminum.

I wondered if you noticed this issue during installation? It would be nice to see some more pictures of your renovation and any additional details / pictures of how you created your template with thin plastic strips for the endcapds.

I'm hoping to create something similar in my trailer. My plan is to leave the existing wall skins in place and then attach a layer of thin 1/8 layer of cork and then 1 layer of Prodex (to reduce heat gain during summer.) and then attach the new anodized sheets over top

I may create a test piece to determine how much the wall pieces compress when riveted with the Prodex in between.

Thanks for any advice!
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Panelling

I've seen some really nice end caps done in a light birch or darker wood panel. Some integrate the two. I think it would be cool to see one alternating wood and aluminum !
Have fun with it whatever you do.
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KZ alternating wood and aluminum would be nice.
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:11 AM   #11
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Sorry for the late response for I was working in Hong Kong and I just got back.
I found a shop in Emeryville CA that could dip 4 x 12 sheets. Never had an issue with cracking. You do need to be careful about scratching. Make sure to tape the guide on your jig saw and along the area of the piece you are cutting, replace the tape often. We made a complete template from a 4x 8 sheet of ABS and we installed it with all the cleeko's in place. fitting and re fitting to make sure that we had it right. On the back end cap we used an auto adhesive to attach a fake suede material to the non anodized pieces, again a new template had to be made
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