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Old 12-07-2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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Price for sheeted steel

Shopping around for hot press steel sheets to skin the windows and some other various areas today ... I need 4 pieces of 55" x 30", 2 pieces 84" x 30", two pieces 15"x7", 1 piece 32"x32", one piece 11"x12". All of this is 18 gauge. The first quote I received on Long Island was $450 plus tax. Does this sound about right?

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Old 12-07-2016, 02:31 PM   #2
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Depends, for me that would be expensive only because I have the tools to haul full sheets and cut it myself, I can get 22ga CR sheet 48 x 96 for about $35 a sheet before tax 16 ga CR sheet 48 x 96 is about $75 a sheet before tax

If you do not have tools and such that could be a great deal for you, shipping would be high on those since the are so long

Call some sheet metal and duct making companies and get a few more quotes, I wouldn't use hot rolled just because of the scale
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Shopping around for hot press steel sheets to skin the windows and some other various areas today ... I need 4 pieces of 55" x 30", 2 pieces 84" x 30", two pieces 15"x7", 1 piece 32"x32", one piece 11"x12". All of this is 18 gauge. The first quote I received on Long Island was $450 plus tax. Does this sound about right?

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I don't know metal prices very well, but this seems a little high but maybe reasonable because I think prices fluctuate a lot. I got 5 galvannealed sheets (which I believe to be a little more expensive than hot rolled) at around $65 a sheet (48" x 120") and an additional $35 for having them cut. Some half assed math suggests that you need about 4 sheets of 4"x10". For what I paid 4*65 = 260+35(cuts) = 295.

Some remnants of notes I took last July:
Metal Supermarket in Kent, WA
I was quoted 435.63 for 4 sheets of cold rolled 18g 4 x 10 @435.63 ($108 per sheet)
and 4 sheets of cold rolled 20g for 340.06 ($85 per sheet)

but these prices were a little high so I went with a different vendor Pacific Metals which quoted me 47.88 for a 20g sheet and 65 for 18g sheet.

Hope this helps, good luck!
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for 22 ga that is still a good price for Galvanized here ~$65 (plus tax and shipping)
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Thanks Bansil, I'm sloppy with my money but I try and atleast get reasonable prices as I pour my money out through impulse.
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Hot rolled is cheaper (typically a lot) and is not difficult to "pickle". A 1:3 solution of muriatic acid and water will typically take the mill scale off in about 20 minutes or so. And if you don't have a bath big enough (I don't) you can use one of the PreVal sprayers to apply the solution. They have no internal metal parts and work great with this treatment.

But...you do need to use a stop bath of water and baking soda as a rinse or it will rust in a heartbeat.
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:17 PM   #8
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I am a retired steel fabricator, I no longer get scrap from work, but I find new steel and sheet metal prohibitively expensive, I only buy scrap steel. I would also consider fiberglass panels and plywood to fill windows due to the cost of steel. At work creating a bill of materials and estimated cost was the first thing for any shop project. Also check fab shops and buy their scrap
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about the only way to get a "good deal" for anything close to scrap price is to befriend your local fab shop.
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Find a sheetmetal/ductwork fab shop in your area and work a deal with them or buy full sheets and cut them yourself with a jig saw or a skillsaw with the blade turned backwards.
If you do use galvanized sheetmetal/ductwork metal which is fine. before you put primer/paint on it you need to wipe it down with vinegar because it has an oily film on it and the paint won't stick or get a primer paint that is self etching (specialty stuff) but only use that on the galvanized cause it will create a mess on the rest of the bus and probably etch itself right into fibreglass. The vinegar works fine just before primer or prime the pieces before you install them that way you know both sides are covered and you only have touch up at the fasteners.
Have done sheet steel and sheetmetal for along time and don't know prices cause the company I work for buys so much of it. I guess you can call it dumpster diving but I get to pick and choose on demolition jobs what pieces go with me cause I am the one tearing it out? I guess it's still dumpster diving?
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