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    Was on my local steel suppliers website and seen this aluminum sheeting and was excited with the Price. Is .050 aluminum sufficient for body panels? Too heavy, too light?


    This diamond tread would make a nice floor too


    At $51 for a 4x10 sheet it sounds super cheap, if it will be sufficient I will snatch some up. What do you guys think?
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    Up North,
    I used 0.040 for the upper panels and 0.060 for side panels and it worked well for me.
    0.050 is normally on trailer walls so it should be fine.

    Floor panels 0.050 is a little light maybe 090 or .125 if you need to stand on them.

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    That is 16 gauge. Just right for side panels if you ask me. The tread bright price looks good also.
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    Decent price, but they are painted white. Getting the paint off will be a pain. Leaving it on is not an option if you want to bead roll or bend them.

    Good thickness also.
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    Cool thanks guys, bdk, this loooow budget so no bead rolling here. There will be bends in them though so maybe white painted isn't the way go. I suppose the paint will flake off at the bends.
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    Most likely it will flake. I have seen painted stuff successfully bent using a polyurethane bottom die and large bend radius. But there was a fair amount of trial and error involved. If you wanted to keep it white just sand/feather the edges where it flakes and touch it up.
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    Soda blast the paint off. Since it's more than likely not preped for paint. It should come off with ease.
    Sand blast will pit and etch the metal. Stick with soda blaster. Cheap at harbor freight. Just an opinion.
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    Idk what's best but I can tell you what I did. I asked a local race car builder where he gets his aluminum for the car skins. He said to go to a trailer manufacturer. He did have some on hand, and I imagine most car builders do. He had a 4x10 sheet with a ding in it that he wasn't gonna use and I was able to pick it up for $60. It is painted but what bends I put in it won't be much more than 3°. Oh, and it's .040 thick. He also had some .030. Hope this helps!
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    Those prices look great to me. Especially if you can pick up.
    All you got to do is remember 2 thing, Mentum and Mo-Mentum.
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    I'm thinking I'll try it. I do have a couple spots that will have rounded gradual bends. If the paint flakes I will feather it back away from the bends and paint it. I called the supplier today to check availability of the panels and also got a price on a 1/8" sheet for the bottom skid plate and that was reasonable enough. I think .050 it too thin to take any kind of a hit if used as a skid plate. Probably scratch the diamond tread too and just go smooth
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