Aluminum, which unlike many other metallic materials does not rust or tarnish, ensuring that its good looks will be preserved, is a fantastic DIY material because of how simple it is to work with and how little maintenance it requires once installed. However, depending on your plans for your aluminum angles, its natural silver color might not be ideal. Despite popular belief, painting aluminum is entirely feasible; you simply need to know how.
Cutting aluminum angles to the exact length you require is a simple task that is also safer than cutting other metals such as steel because aluminum does not produce sparks – though we would still recommend wearing protective eyewear and gloves as a precaution.
Given its many qualities, most DIYers enjoy working with aluminum and recognize the benefits it provides when used correctly and under the right conditions. These applications may not be obvious to some, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 5 applications for aluminum angles that should get your creative juices flowing.
Many materials, including wood and some plastics, may chip or become uneven along their edges as they are manipulated, resulting in an unpleasant appearance. This is a tedious problem that can become the bane of even the most seasoned DIY enthusiasts’ existence, and while it is possible to sand down or plane the material until the gap disappears, this is not always an option. An aluminum angle can be easily installed to cover chipped edges, effectively concealing the blemished surface behind its sturdy silver body.
Covering Rough Edges
Aluminum angles can be used to conceal chips and gaps, but they can also be used to conceal rough, uneven surfaces that cannot be smoothed over. These situations are uncommon because you can usually smooth, buff, or polish over an uneven surface, but an aluminum angle adds a little extra to the object’s length, height, and width, making them ideal for when too much has been removed by over-zealous sanding.
Disguising Screw Holes
Another common annoyance for do-it-yourselfers, screw holes, while unavoidable, are rarely pleasing to the eye, and the area around where the screw has been inserted frequently chips, either when the hole is being made or when the screw is being drilled in. Aluminum angles are ideal for hiding screw holes because their spectacular shine not only hides the ugliness they create, but also adds an aesthetic finishing touch.
Creating Decorative Borders
If it hasn’t already been clear, we adore the gleaming brilliance of wonderful silver that aluminium naturally possesses; it doesn’t rust, it’s easy to clean, and if you want to paint it, you can do so with relative ease. Furthermore, even when utilized decoratively, aluminum angles provide an exceptional level of protection.
Fabricating Grind Bars
Finally, a suggestion that is a little more out there to demonstrate the breadth of an aluminum angle’s potential applications. Because aluminum does not spark, it can be used to make grind bars for skate parks that are not only safe to grind on, but also ideal for protecting the material underneath, which would undoubtedly wear away quickly if not covered.
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