Which metal is best for outdoor sculpture?

Wednesday, January 18 2017, 09:24 PM
Have a patron in New York state that wants an outdoor sculpture..

He is asking for 316 stainless,, I am thinking aluminum for weight reasons as well as longevity.

He is in a snow and rain and damp leaves kind of place.

I want to use aluminum for the weight savings and well as cost to build..

Think that aluminum with a good powder coat will last longer than the 316 stainless.

Any thoughts??
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    Thursday, January 19 2017, 11:25 AM - #permalink
    If the man wants stainless give him stainless.

    Its like the old Hank Williams song, if you got them money I got the time.;) :)
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    Friday, January 20 2017, 12:22 PM - #permalink
    stainless all the way !!! aluminium is not like most belive a non oxidizable metal.
    in winter condition it will came dull. I know you want to powdercoat it but at that point you should use steel and powdercoat it.

    most of us when welding stainless we don t use any precotion but for a sculture in stainless steel , there is some precotion to be done if you don t whant rust stain. Don t let any steel come in contact with the stainless or it may rust at that place of contact. when you finish the welding , there is some acide that you should apply to the stainless to neutralise it , it will clean your job and help to make it rust proof. when making the shipping package , dont use steel strap directly on the stainless, if you or they move the sculture with a fork lift or any machinery that use steel fork , you will need a wood shim or plastic between the fork and the sculture.
    for grinding, use brand new disc , not old disc that have done steel. I wish it will help you.

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    Friday, January 20 2017, 09:41 PM - #permalink
    Thanks Francis,,

    Still waiting on the patron to get back on his chose of metal..

    Leaning towards the 316 stainless, but man is it pricey!!
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    Saturday, January 21 2017, 04:38 PM - #permalink
    Yeah,

    I like a brushed metal finish in both aluminum and stainless.

    Why, is the sculpture going to be much larger than a human figure, and will it have a lot of sheet metal or some other stock?

    If a lot of sheet metal, maybe you could just go thinner. And for outdoor stainless, a true pasivation process would undoubtedly be a good thing.
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    Saturday, January 21 2017, 05:30 PM - #permalink
    Right now it looks like 4 pieces total.. from 3 feet tall to 7 ft.

    Lots of sheet formed to look like plants..

    Maybe a sculpture or 2 as well...
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    Friday, February 03 2017, 03:37 AM - #permalink
    Hey Kevin, I like the 316 stainless and I like it really shiny. But that's just me.
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    Friday, February 03 2017, 10:13 AM - #permalink
    Still waiting on the customer to decide which one will be first..

    He is planing for a year or two of work!
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    Saturday, February 04 2017, 07:39 AM - #permalink
    Get a little $$$$ in advance and a little more each time you send him pictures of your progress.
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    Saturday, February 04 2017, 10:14 AM - #permalink
    We normally do a 1/3rd at a time.. 1/3 to start, a 2/3 at end of fab, and the rest before shipping or on delivery.
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