Painted vs anodized aluminum?

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Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby *Inside » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:26 pm

Quoted local aluminum (0.040”) prices:

White on white: $100/sheet for 5x10, $70 for 4x8
Clear satin anodized: $195 for 5x10, $125 for 4x8

Almost twice as expensive!

Other than looks, how much better is anodized aluminum vs painted?
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby halfdome, Danny » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:48 pm

I can't speak for painted but I've skinned 3 teardrops in annozied aluminum and would never use anything else.
I don't even hose it down just clean it with Sprayway glass cleaner and dry with a couple micro fiber cloths.
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby eLink » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:58 pm

*Inside wrote:Clear satin anodized: $195 for 5x10, $125 for 4x8


That is a great deal for 5x10 anodized. I got a quote last year for $450 per sheet!
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby *Inside » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:37 pm

San Antonio, Texas. The quote is from Allied Plastic Supply which has locations around Texas.

I also bought plexiglass for my backyard COVID "friendzone" there last year ;)
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby *Inside » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:49 pm

halfdome, Danny wrote:I can't speak for painted but I've skinned 3 teardrops in annozied aluminum and would never use anything else.
I don't even hose it down just clean it with Sprayway glass cleaner and dry with a couple micro fiber cloths.
:D Danny


I hate how nice it looks, but it'll also run around $700 for 2 sheets of each! For that much I could do filon :(
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby working on it » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:12 am

*Inside wrote:
halfdome, Danny wrote:I can't speak for painted but I've skinned 3 teardrops in annozied aluminum and would never use anything else.
I don't even hose it down just clean it with Sprayway glass cleaner and dry with a couple micro fiber cloths.
:D Danny


I hate how nice it looks, but it'll also run around $700 for 2 sheets of each! For that much I could do filon :(

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*As it has turned out, the paint has aged well, only needing a cleaning (of mildew, usually) from storage in a garage bay (un-sealed/open to temperature changes/dampness) between trips. During camping trips, there is always rain, wind, maybe light hail, and the wooden structure hasn't leaked nor the paint damaged (yet), no tree branches either, so the back-up plan wasn't used. Maybe aluminum would've been ok, but I didn't want to chance having to replace it, later. I also never expected to always have the trailer in a garage full-time either.
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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:37 am

It just depends on the look you want. It's as simple as that.

For that much I could do filon :(


If you do a Google search for "filon delamination" you'll get over 5,000 hits. (But keep in mind, I have never used any of the stuff so this isn't from experience.) More if you search for "filon bubbles".

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Re: Painted vs anodized aluminum?

Postby saltydawg » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:49 pm

*Inside wrote:
halfdome, Danny wrote:I can't speak for painted but I've skinned 3 teardrops in annozied aluminum and would never use anything else.
I don't even hose it down just clean it with Sprayway glass cleaner and dry with a couple micro fiber cloths.
:D Danny


I hate how nice it looks, but it'll also run around $700 for 2 sheets of each! For that much I could do filon :(


for 1100 I got enough fiberglass sheet to do the out side of 4 tear drops. ANd have some left over.
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