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    Posted: 05/21/2012 at 11:24am

 

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First, I’m new to the site but it looks like a lot of really cool projects on here so I’m hoping some of you can help me make mine just as nice. I have a late 80’s lowe 20’ toon. The side panels are all beat up, so I want to replace them. I was looking into vinyl siding, but was wondering, where to get it? How thick? (if I’m removing the old aluminum stuff). I thought vinyl would rattle less and be easier to install. Does anyone have any input/tips on witch materials (vinyl or aluminum) would be easier to install? I will most likely be installing it on the inside of the rail, not in the panel groove because they to are pretty dented up.

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Hi, I just replaced my fence panel.  After looking all over the internet and not finding what I wanted, I went back and checked PS again and found the colors I wanted (would have liked burgundy).  You may have gotten squeaks because either the rivets had loosened with age or there weren't enough of them. 
As for vinyl, I wouldn't recommend it.  Vinyl has very different for expansion and contraction properties than aluminum. Cry   If you attach it using rivets, which most do, you will get buckles in the skin as the rivets lock it down.  I had my house resided in vinyl and the instructions were to leave 1/2" for expansion and they didn't put the nails in tight so the vinyl could move.  I suppose you could always do like they do for siding and cut slots and don't fasten the vinyl tight.
 
Also highly recommend purchasing a 1/4" hydraulic rivet gun.  It will save you time, sore muscles and hands, and scratched panels.  Tip: Use a swivel whip on the gun and you won't fight the hose as much.
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Different expansion rate makes sense. So do you think I should put foam or weather striping behind the aluminum to prevent rattles? Or do you think it with enough rivets it won’t rattle at all? Also how many rivets is enough, or how far apart should they be?

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to be honest for a boat, I don't know the answer to that.  Mine were spaced a little haphazardly from 3.5" to 5".  I did every 3".  But then, that was probably overkill.
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I did mine every 6 inches except in the corner areas, from there its approx every 3 inches but I went with aluminum as I tried vinyl and it buckles. gemini7 is spot on about a riveter, but I bought the air riveter and I was done in no time. I used a small drill bit in a cordless drill and me and my buddy took turns. Measured, rolled out the skin, cut to length (always on the long side as its easy to trim) using a razor knife, just bend it and it'll pop apart. One roll will be enough unless you mess up, so measure 3 times and cut perfect ONCE LOL http://www.pontoonstuff.com/replacement-pontoon-boat-fence-rail-paneling.aspx
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Always a good reminder, measure twice or in my case 3 times and cut once.  Smile  
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Hey thanks, you guys are making the what to buy decision a lot easier. Should I be putting some sort of weather striping or foam between the panel and frame work? And any other tips on installation? Should cut with a knife, rivet every 3-5 inches.

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rivit every 6 inches, you'll find that sufficient except in corners. I didn't put anything between the frame and siding. Since its a boat, kinda defeats the purpose of trying to weatherstrip it Wink. Now if you had compartments that would be one thing to weatherstrip it. I've been thinking about the complaints people had regarding getting water into their seat compartments and I think a weather seal would do the job, kind with a small bubble edge top so when the seat closes on it, it'll cause water to go around it and not into the seat but outward. Something like this, but doesn't have to be as thick
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