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Thread: Aluminum finish

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    Question Aluminum finish

    I'm building a flat bed aluminum body for my wifes's new super duty and was wondering how to keep it shiny. At least just the band around the outside. I've done alot of aluminum repairs but this is the first thing I've built that I would like to stay some what shiney. Everything else I've built out of aluminum, ramps, railings etc didnt matter if they dulled or turned a little gray. Everything else I've repaired was already gray or anodized.
    So far all the guys who build truck bodys, what do you put on them to stay looking nice??
    I took some pics so far and I'll post a little later
    Scott
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    You could just clear coat it like they do polished wheels. Thats the only way I could think of. it will be a continuous battle otherwise trying to keep it shiny as you probly know already aluminum almost starts oxidizing as soon as you are done cleaning it.

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    I thought about that and wondered how long it would last. I would only do the outer band since the deck is diamond plate and going to get scratched up anyway. I wondered if a body shop could put on clear coat, like over paint?
    Scott
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    Walter Abrasives makes a product line called Quick Step. It uses a hook/loop design backing pad. You can push on and peel off different types of abrasive products from flap discs to felt polishing disc's with 2 different type polishing compounds. I have provided a link for you below.

    http://www.jwalterinc.com/walter_us/...5&cbopgroup=80
    Rich Ferguson
    Sales Technician
    Jackson Welding Supply Co.
    "Keep America Strong.....Weld It"
    www.jacksonweldingsupply.com

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    We used to use 'Semichrome Polish' from Happisch on our Flat Trackers, pink soft abrasive available in most bike shops I believe, Hope this is of some use, Paul
    More Spark Today Please

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    Cool Hey HMW

    With your wifes truck to soften the ride of the deck will you be using vibration mounts sandwiched between two pieces of steel and then bolted between the frame and the deck?

    O ya Polishing aluminum very labour intensive but I can tell ya but to do the piece that you are talking about could take you or your wife about 3 hours to complete.
    Last edited by Darmik; 08-01-2007 at 10:35 PM.

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    After giving it alot of thought, I'm mounting the front of the bed solid and spring mounting the rear. Worked on lots of bodys over the years and have seen many different configurations. As far as how to soften the ride, the bed frame [2 rails] the lenght of the trucks frame sits on a piece of oak the whole length. A picture is worth a thousand words so maybe latter today il post one
    Of all the trucks we have where i work, [1800 vehicles in the fleet with 400+ out of my shop] of which most are bucket trucks i have not seen the mounting description you mentioned, although it sounds great, sorta like factory cab mounts. The factory bed is mounted directly to the frame with no bushings. Most bodies we have are mounted solid both ends and some have spring mounts at the front or the rear. I am amazed at how little is used to hold a service body on
    Scott
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    Cool Service Bodies

    There is only 4 5/8" Grade 8 Bolts holding the body on.

    The first pic is the front bracket and the second pic is the rear.This is pretty common for the smaller bodies.But there still is a good better best and this falls in the good Category.
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    HMW,

    You might want to call Mike Rupp at Rupp Marine (the guys who make outriggers and other marine products). They make a product, think it's called Aluma Guard, that has worked quite well for me.

    Another option would be to call Strataglas in Ft. Lauderdale. They have a product called GlasCoat which we've had excellent luck with. They have a procedure for prepping the aluminum prior to application but it's really no secret, just a little fine scotchbrite and a lot of elbow grease. They may be willing to sell it to you for your application. If not let me know and I'll get you some. (The guy who runs the company, Edison Irving, is a very good friend of mine. He also, just happens to be the best alum. tig welder I have ever seen. He used to run the Cape May facility (at the Canyon Club) for Pipewelders--(which his dad owns ).

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    Thanks everyone for the thoughts. I took some more pics over the weekend then forgot to bring the camera to work [ineternet here way faster] Got all the cross members on and one side piece. Ran out of tips for the spool gun, I seem to be hard on them. aluminum likes to weld it self to the tip and then almost impossible to get out.
    Scott
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