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Outdoor life of pre-painted aluminium sheet?

Discussion in 'Materials' started by SignProPlus-Chip, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. SignProPlus-Chip

    SignProPlus-Chip Active Member

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    You know the stuff, just like Grimco and AlumaPanel supply.

    I know it's a factory finish, but does anyone have any real world experience with how this stuff wears? Does it fade, oxidize etc..?

    Looking at .040" two sided color for an outdoor project to replace subtrate that was originally painted and has faded badly over the last couple of years.
     
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  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    It varies I guess but you should get at least 5 years +.

    I have some signs out there that been hanging up for the past 15-20 years, yes the white is either faded or just completely gone, but the lettering is still on them.
     
  3. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Varies by manufacturer and color. Around here the darker colors get about 5-6 before noticeable fading or chalkiness.
     
  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    a Long time in my experience and if any of my customers took my advice and washe d& waxed them twice a year they'd look good twice as long
     
  5. Sign Up Graphics

    Sign Up Graphics Very Active Member

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    Faded after 4-6 years. :thumb:
     
  6. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    I am looking down the street right now at a sign I put up in 1991. White aluminum with orange and brown Gerber 220. It is up 25' and still looks good from the ground.
     
  7. SignProPlus-Chip

    SignProPlus-Chip Active Member

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    Good to know everyone...Thanks for the input.:)

    4-6 years it well beyond what we need to get out of these, so it looks like we will be good to go.
     
  8. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    As Bill stated, it really depends on how well the customer takes care of it. Washing and a little wax make a huge difference. I have one up that's ten years old and it still looks good.
     
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