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Postby KA » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:15 pm

Has anyone used stainless steel sheeting on their teardrop roof? What are the pros and cons and where does a person get this material?
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Postby Nitetimes » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:50 pm

Cons?? Mostly weight and cost. Otherwise not many. 8) 8)
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:56 pm

Ed's Cabinets in Seattle uses SS on the roof of his teardrops. It looks great. Ed's phone # 206-243-5033
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Postby KA » Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:59 pm

Thanks Rich and Danny,
I'm going to have to investigate this further.
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Postby angib » Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:35 am

Stainless steel tends to be quite hard, so drilling loads of holes in it to screw on things like trim is gonna be a pain....

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Postby KA » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:49 am

Thanks Andrew,
I'm starting to think that the stainless steel should be left to the pros.
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Postby Classic Finn » Thu Jul 27, 2006 4:05 pm

KA wrote:Thanks Andrew,
I'm starting to think that the stainless steel should be left to the pros.
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I spoke with Ed Ester not long ago and I was inquiring about the stainless roof and he says its not a problem at all to install....since he has built so many teardrops using the same materials.

But I didnt ask what thickness of the stainless he was using...sorry...

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Postby madjack » Thu Jul 27, 2006 4:31 pm

...my take on SS...we investigated using SS to cover a tear awhile back...I don't remember the exact cost difference but it was not cheap, seems like it added somewhere around 3/500 bucks to the build and when asking my bodyman expert, was informed could be cut with air shears...most of us are using anywhere from .032 to .060 Al for skins...with SS you could get by with .024, which would offset some of the weight....as to drilling...when we drilled the SS Piano hinge for screw holes(door hinge) we were afraid of the problems the SS would cause us...needn't have worried at all...while it was certainly harder than the Al, it was not hard enough to require anything special to drill the holes...no titaniumcarbidecobalt drills with cutting oil was required...SO, if you look around and can find the SS sheeting at a reasonable/affodablecost to you, there is no real reason not to use it...
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Postby funomenal » Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:29 pm

I used ss sheet for my 5 foot teardrop and it was a pain in the axx! It was .050 thickness and trying to align the sheet onto the top of the teardrop was a 2 man job. Drilling the holes wasn't too bad as long as the drill bits were sharp. I used two drill bit for approximately 60 holes.

The reason for my ss usage was convenience. My supplier only had 5 foot widths in stainless steel. It was reasonable- $110 for a 5 X 10 sheet.


It looks sharp!

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Postby asianflava » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:48 pm

funomenal wrote:I used ss sheet for my 5 foot teardrop and it was a pain in the axx! It was .50 thickness and trying to align the sheet onto the top of the teardrop was a 2 man job.


No wonder it was a pain. A 1/2in thick sheet of metal would need at least 2 people just to pick it up. :lol:

I hope you meant .050. :thinking:
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Postby kerryd » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:29 am

There so many grades ss . Some will even rust depending how much iron is in it . like the ss hinges ,if there cheap ss they will rust like crazy .
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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:45 pm

kerryd wrote:There so many grades ss . Some will even rust depending how much iron is in it . like the ss hinges ,if there cheap ss they will rust like crazy .


Hi Kerry

There are very good quality Marine Hinges out on the market though that
will not rust..But they are not cheap..as you said as well... you use the cheap ones and you get what you pay for..

But ok whatever one wants to use and what the budget is...


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Postby kerryd » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:31 pm

Hey Finn , how you doing , its only money ! I like stainlees ,heavy , eazy to weld too . Get you some good kitchen grade . I'd put on the roof . Kerry
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Postby kerryd » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:37 pm

How cool it would be to quilt it or sand blast a wild patern on it .I already tried the sand blast on something else , It was slick
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Postby Blue_Collar_Kuztoms » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:55 pm

Hey you could always cheat like some of us in the auto customizing buisness.....use some type of grinder with a mild abrasive wheel to grind a design into the metal then clearcoat or spray a candy color clearcoat over it......looks VERY sharp!!!
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