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Best way for a durable aluminum finish?

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I’m building a 48’ flatbed trailer and need to spray it to appear to look like aluminum. Has anyone found something that won’t leave fingerprints if you touch it?

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5 hours ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

Alclad Polished Aluminum.

 

Steve

Alclad won’t leave fingerprints?

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5 hours ago, Ben said:

Alclad won’t leave fingerprints?

No.

It's a lacquer & is fairly durable.

It will rub off with a lot of handling but you can clear coat over it & still maintain an aluminum look.

 

Steve

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48 minutes ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

No.

It's a lacquer & is fairly durable.

It will rub off with a lot of handling but you can clear coat over it & still maintain an aluminum look.

 

Steve

Do you have to use Alclad clear or will any clear work.

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Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium is the most durable finish of all the hobby paints I've come across. I've never had any issues with it finger printing or rubbing off.

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10 hours ago, Ben said:

Do you have to use Alclad clear or will any clear work.

Any clear.

I've used Testors & Duplicolor, so I'm sure that it will take just about anything.

I don't have any photos of large areas.

I use the Alclad paints mainly on smaller areas, but the results should be the same.

This '62 Pontiac engine has been detailed with Alclad Polished Aluminum on the bell housing, Steel on the transmission, Dark Aluminum on the exhaust manifolds with a fogging of "Exhaust", & a mixture of Pale Gold & Aluminum for the carbs.

 

Steve

 

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This is alclad chrome with no clear painted about a year ago a bounced around quite a bit in the parts box

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Thanks a lot guys! Steven, that engine looks great!

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One last question, for the polished aluminum Alclad, what color is best for the basecoat?

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5 hours ago, Ben said:

One last question, for the polished aluminum Alclad, what color is best for the basecoat?

Depends on how shiny you want the end result to be.

A gloss base of some sort will give you something closer to chrome.

A flat base will give you more of an aluminum look.

I have settled on plain old primer as a base for aluminum Alclad.

 

Steve

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26 minutes ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

Depends on how shiny you want the end result to be.

A gloss base of some sort will give you something closer to chrome.

A flat base will give you more of an aluminum look.

I have settled on plain old primer as a base for aluminum Alclad.

 

Steve

Ok, thanks for the help! :)

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