aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

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aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

Postby Brankulo » Fri Jan 05, 2024 2:50 pm

hi guys, i am looking for source of aluminum prefinished/painted sheets that would be willing to ship. i have reached out to several places i found online but all of them are willing to only ship a minimum of 24 sheets. i am just looking for a few 5x10 sheets for my build. i am in Denver area, maybe someone here know local supplier here? i can not locate anyone.
i did find ACM sheets supplier in denver area but all they have is white. i might go this route but would probably want to paint. has anyone done diy paint on aluminum sheet?
and lastly, if going with sheet aluminum, whats the consensus on thickness, in my case it will go over 3/4" plywood so i am thinking 0.04" would do.

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Re: aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

Postby Ottsville » Fri Jan 05, 2024 5:59 pm

Are you building your box out of 3/4 ply? That's a pretty heavy route to go.

I don't know what to suggest for your thickness, but thin enough to shed water without being too thin to be easily damaged or show glue irregularities.

Some alternative options to consider for sourcing siding material - sign shops, tractor trailer repair places, and sheet metal fab shops. There's got to be somebody in the front range area that stocks or uses aluminum roll products or sheets.

If painting aluminum is a concern, consider a vinyl wrap.
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Postby tony.latham » Fri Jan 05, 2024 10:59 pm

so i am thinking 0.04" would do.


.040 is the standard for teardrop sheathing.

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I too think you're looking at too much weight with 3/4" ply.

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Re: aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

Postby Brankulo » Sun Jan 07, 2024 8:39 pm

i am not concerned about weight too much. i prefer sturdy build and walls that i can attach to anything anywhere down the road. i toured 4x4 teardrop facility, they build their squaredrops out of 3/4" plywood and their 5x10 comes dry at about 1200lbs. it has heavy duty 30" off road tires and frame build out of 2x3 1/8" tubes. i am building 5x9 using 2x2 1/8" tubes so will come even less than 1200lbs. my tow vehicle is capable of towing 3500lbs so i am really not worried about weight.

correction: 1500lbs. still fine with me though
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Re: aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

Postby trailertrashed » Mon May 13, 2024 3:04 pm

I'm looking for skin for my roof on a smaller 12' canned ham trailer. There are truck and trailer repair shops that sell rolled aluminum that's wide enough to allow me to use it as a continuous piece for the roof. Trouble is, the smallest roll I can find is 29'. Anyone want to split the cost on a roll and take half?
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Postby craig in SD » Sun Jun 16, 2024 4:55 am

trailertrashed wrote:I'm looking for skin for my roof on a smaller 12' canned ham trailer. There are truck and trailer repair shops that sell rolled aluminum that's wide enough to allow me to use it as a continuous piece for the roof. Trouble is, the smallest roll I can find is 29'. Anyone want to split the cost on a roll and take half?


Have you resolved this yet? I would be interested in this proposition. I need 19' for my build, 70"-72" wide. However, I'm in southern California--not sure how this would work out as I assume you need yours in Detroit. What width and length are you looking for? I have seen some sources selling 20' lengths on the east coast.
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Re: aluminum sheet source/ diy sheet paint / sheet thickness

Postby Onajourney » Mon Jun 17, 2024 10:38 am

I purchased my sheets here and they shipped 10' sheets. Very reasonable prices. Just note they will only ship to businesses. The pallet was hundreds of pounds so a folk lift is a must.

https://harborsales.net/Home.aspx.
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