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How to Choose the Best Aluminum Grade for Your DIY Project

Amaury Picard

You may wish to use aluminum in a DIY project (such as fabricating a replacement part for your boat) but you do not know which grade of aluminum is best suited for that purpose. Read on and discover the common grades of aluminum and their unique properties.

Series 1 Aluminum Alloys

Aluminum is combined with different metals to form aluminum alloys that have different properties for different fabrication purposes and processes. Series 1 aluminum contains alloys such as Alloy 1100. This grade of aluminum has very good anti-corrosion properties. It is also very good at conducting heat and electricity. However, this alloy is not ideal for use in situations where it will be subjected to high pressure because it is not very strong. For example, you should not use it to make exhaust parts that will be subjected to gases emitted at high pressure.

Series 2 Aluminum Alloys

The alloys in this series have a low corrosion resistance. It may therefore be advisable for you to pick another grade of alloy if you wish to fabricate a component that will be exposed to water (such as a plate for the hull of your boat). Alloys in this series can also be damaged easily during the welding process. However, Series 2 aluminum can be machined easily using tools such as bench presses to shape the sheet metal.

Series 3 Aluminum Alloys

These alloys (such as 3004, A360 and 3003 aluminum) are very strong and cannot be damaged during the machining process. These alloys are good for use in components that will be used to handle food because the alloy does not easily alter its chemical composition.

Series 4 Aluminum Alloys

These are made by adding silicon to aluminum to form an alloy. Alloys in these series are mainly used for making welding wires or materials used to join different pieces of aluminum together. You should therefore avoid ordering this material for any other purpose other than for joining other aluminum pieces.

Series 5 Aluminum Alloys

These alloys are corrosion resistant so they can be used to make marine parts. They are also not affected during the welding process. They can also be easily machined. However, Series 5 aluminum alloys are more expensive than alloys in lower series.

You can pick from other aluminum alloy series (such as series 6, 7, and 8) for your DIY project. Contact an aluminum supplier for technical help in choosing the most appropriate aluminum grade for your specific project.


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Hello there. I'm Anita and I work as a dispatcher for an industrial equipment and supplies company. From cleaning products to ladders, it's my job to distribute products quickly and efficiently. It isn't exactly in my job description, but clients often ask my advice about particular products when placing their orders. Fortunately, I can recommend items used by similar businesses. Recently, a large hotel chain requested information about the latest innovations in toilet roll dispensers! I have started this blog to share information about the latest trends in industrial equipment and supplies for anyone interested in new products. I hope my knowledge proves to be helpful. Thank you for your time.