Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

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Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

Postby MatBirch » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:28 pm

Looking at some cool options and ideas as I get started on my trailer. My wife and I have always loved the distressed look of patina’d galvanized steel. In a quick search, it’s easy to find roof flashing in 20” width rolls. I could cover the joints with strips of just about anything. I was thinking of polished 1/8” aluminum, controlling the galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals by installing them with VHB tape. I’d seal the butt joints in the sheeting first with p/u caulk.
We’d patina the galvi with mild acids, rust it up a little, and then clear coat it.
I’m only envisioning this on the top/front. Probably paint the sides in her favorite turquoise and brown combo. 8)
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Re: Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

Postby Bob Hammond » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:49 pm

If you want nearly 'invisible' seams, you could seal the joints from the inside with 3M VHB (Very High Bonding) tape or another brand that is used for trailer skylights. The 3M products have withstood 10 years total immersion in water.
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Re: Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

Postby KTM_Guy » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:09 am

You should be able to find 4X8 sheets of 32 gauge galvanized sheets at any HVAC supply house. If you live in a bigger metro area 5X10's shouldn't be a problem.

One of the metal supply stores by me has a display for their acid etch and dyes for metal and the turquoise one jumps out at me. I like it a lot, some day I will have time to mess with some to see how it works. Not sure I would want a distressed camper unless I was pulling it with a "Rat Ride" But that's just me.

Corten might be an option if you want rusty. That is a big look that I like in the South West.

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Re: Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

Postby twisted lines » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:37 pm

KTM_Guy wrote:
One of the metal supply stores by me has a display for their acid etch and dyes for metal and the turquoise one jumps out at me. I like it a lot, some day I will have time to mess with some to see how it works. Not sure I would want a distressed camper unless I was pulling it with a "Rat Ride" But that's just me.

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Re: Thin galvanized sheeting for skin?

Postby bdosborn » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:04 pm

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How about galvanized roofing sheets?

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