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Old 08-02-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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Tin roofing as window skin? Anyone used it?

While wandering through Home Depot yesterday, I happened upon some tin roofing and was surprised by how nice it looked (to me, anyway). It actually looked like it would fit over the windows too.

Since I'm still debating how I want to skin my windows (if at all), I was wondering if anyone has used tin roofing sheets before?

Can anyone see any reason NOT to use them?
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Tin roofing as window skin? Anyone used it?

The only thing I could think of is its maybe too thin? If it is the roofing we used on the screen porch I think it might buckle under the wind when driving...
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:13 PM   #3
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I decided against it because I thought water might collect in the ridges as it would be difficult to seal the ends and all of the holes where I fastened it to the bus. I also imagined my bus sounding like a 40' kazoo going down the road as air caught the leading edges of the ridges. (My imagination again)
I love the idea of a mobile kazoo! Great image.

I'm not really worried about sealing any edges I may have because they can be overlapped so the front covers the back, and there are products out there that can work as waterproofing seals (think doors and window gaskets).

The panels I saw looked like this... ^-------------^-------------^------------- Not very precise, but you get the picture. That particular pattern would blend okay with the side of my bus. I'm not too worried about lack of thickness. Glue is a wonderful thing. I suspect laminating a 1/4" piece of plywood to the back side would do the trick. Especially if that was then backed by some thick foam board and sealed with expanding foam. The plywood would also provide structural integrity for any new window that has to be hung.

I guess the next question is... can those panels be painted? Can galvanized metal be painted at all?
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[img][/img]black 26 guage panels installed over wood framed windows horizontally,hidden fasteners anything less than 18 guage needs backing,try ti avoid painting galvy if possible
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[img][/img] hope that gives you a idea!
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to paint galvanized wash with vinegar and then neutralize with a bakingsoda solution rinse well and prime and paint. also look for factory painted or powder coated barn roof or siding material available in a wide range of colors.
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to paint galvanized wash with vinegar and then neutralize with a bakingsoda solution rinse well and prime and paint.
Thanks for the tips! Does it matter what kind of vinegar? White vs. red? And is Arm&Hammer baking soda the type of stuff you're talking about to neutralize the vinegar?
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cheap vinegar and cheap baking soda, you are after the acid in the vinegar to etch the galvanizing/zinc coating and the baking soda to neutralize the acid in the vinegar, it's not about taste, it's all about the chemical action/reaction.
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cheap vinegar and cheap baking soda, you are after the acid in the vinegar to etch the galvanizing/zinc coating and the baking soda to neutralize the acid in the vinegar, it's not about taste, it's all about the chemical action/reaction.
Thanks, Paul. I realized it's just the acid and base that's useful, but some vinegars are so... "polluted" with flavors and additives that I was looking for info if there was a brand to avoid. "Cheap", however, is good enough for me.

Timbuk, those panels really look like they were made for you bus! Thanks for sharing the pics. In the second image, are you in the painting stage?

Kinda looks like the bus is trying out for a zombie movie.
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the second stage is from all the vinegar and baking soda,the first stage is what it looked like after drinking the vinigar and baking soda! As Smitty says,its better to find a panel that is baked on enamel or scuffand paint a baked on panel.You can clean and paint a galvy panel,but the "hands of time" will have their say in the end....... timbuk
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