What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

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What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby DesertApprentice » Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:12 am

What's the recommended thickness for the aluminum skin?

I have seen online people saying anywhere from 0.024 to 1/8. There is also the aluminum alloy type 3003, 6006 etc. I'm totally lost.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated. Also, if there is good place to order online, please share it too.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:41 am

DesertApprentice wrote:What's the recommended thickness for the aluminum skin?

I have seen online people saying anywhere from 0.024 to 1/8. There is also the aluminum alloy type 3003, 6006 etc. I'm totally lost.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated. Also, if there is good place to order online, please share it too.

Thanks in advance!


The norm is .040". The extra thin stuff would be hammered by hail. 1/8" would be a bear to pull around a curve --and add a lotta weight.

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Re: What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby noseoil » Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:05 am

We used pre-finished .040" sign panel aluminum for the sides (green) & mill finished .040" for the roof. No problem with the curves, & it's plenty stout for a small trailer. Call around at larger cities, find a sign supply company with lots of aluminum panels & find what you need there.
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Re: What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby John61CT » Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:39 pm

seen .032" 3003 sheet

was just glued to the aluminum tubing with sikaflex
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Re: What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby KCStudly » Mon Jan 03, 2022 9:31 am

Large sheets (cut to length from roll) can be available from commercial truck repair businesses. Usually in white. They use it commonly to line vans and trailers.
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Re: What's recommended thickness for aluminum skin?

Postby lfhoward » Mon Jan 03, 2022 4:37 pm

I got my 0.040 sheets from a roofing company who had ordered them by mistake. Apparently 0.040 is too thick for regular roofing applications (would break when folded 180° in their bender), so got my aluminum sheets for super cheap!
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