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The sealer of choice is Permacoat™ 62. This product is specifically designed for aluminum and delivers excellent results. It requires proper preparation of the surface before it is sprayed on. This method gives the satin finish that appears similar to a wet surface. It is a thin and delicate coating. If you scrub aggressively or use a squeegee to dry, it can remove the finish. The finish requires little maintenance. Washing once or twice a year unless you get muddy is all that is required. If the Permacoat 62 does come off prematurely you can successfully patch that area with a rag dipped into the product. Expect the Permacoat 62 to last 4 - 6 years and that you will pay $600 each time if you have it done professionally. I highly recommend professional application. Surface preparation is the key to success. Permacoat has been applied to coaches that were brand new and those that are old. If it was applied new and re-applied during its life the Avion looks like it is brand new. Older trailers will have effective results also. Expect the finished product to look as good as when you clean and wax.
The battle ship gray was a cost cutting measure.
These units shine up like an Airstream and are labor intensive.
Alclad Aluminum properties are much different than anodized. It requires TLC to maintain a top shine. Unlike Anodized Aluminum you will have to work hard to destroy an Alclad Aluminum's properties. You will also need to work hard to keep the finish looking top notch. The bottom line is that Alclad requires more time and attention.
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The classic look that most people associate with Avion. A satin finish.
Just as tempering makes steel stronger, anodizing makes aluminum harder and tougher. It resists scratches, dents and abrasion better. The aluminum is known as 5005. The alloy content of anodized aluminums substitues magnesium for copper. To anodize the metal it is passed through a series of electroyloytic cells. The current and temperature are carefully controlled to achieve to achieve an oxide coating of specific thickness and properties. All metal, even aluminum oxidizes after being exposed to the elements. Anodizing is a method of controlled oxidation so that a uniform oxide coating is achieved. The process adds a mil or two of thickness to the 30 thousands of an inch metal. But it also impregnates tha aluuminum the becomes part of it. The anodized surface is then sealed to give it permanent coloration. Scientist compare the hardness of the surfACE TO THAT OF A RUBY. iT IS A SATIN-LIKE FINISH AND IS NON-REFLECXTIVE.
The aluminum exterior skin has changed several times in production history. You must know what you have to maintain it properly.