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1/8" hard aluminum sheet for my table top? Prepping/cleaning

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I have been brainstorming about screwing one sheet of aluminum per side (or just the larger side) on my table. I love the idea of being able to disinfect and or doing more prepping outside right next to the grill. What do you guys think? Would set me back about 100.00 for just the large piece and about 150.00 for both delivered.

 

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Naked aluminum oxidized more thank I would like. Depending on how you clean it you could end up with grey powdery streaks.

 

Nice input! Thanks all.

 

Mewant, your surface got powdery? Like actual grit rubbing off? Or are you referring to the appearance?

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Naked aluminum oxidized more than I would like. Depending on how you clean it you could end up with grey powdery streaks.

 

Nice input! Thanks all.

 

Mewant, your surface got powdery? Like actual grit rubbing off? Or are you referring to the appearance?

 

 

 

i was referring to my experience with kitchenaid mixer part and putting them in the dishwasher.  most dishwasher detergents contain bleach as an oxidizer.  

 

you can always test this with Al scraps from a soda can, just strip the paint first.  personally I am a bigger fan of Stainless steel or granite slab.   

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I once had a workbench that was clad in black-coated aluminum. It was durable but scratched easily. 

 

Suggest visiting your local granite supply shop and see if you can browse their "boneyard" of scraps. You might find a deal, but then factor in cutting. Bring the table and hole dimensions. 

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Savage - I live in Oklahoma City, OK. Within about a 5 mile radius, I've got at least 3 firms specializing in tile, granite, marble, etc. I'd recommend a 3/8" slab of granite that is too small to really do much with. Go to a store and start asking questions. They'll recommend a guy who can cust and set your granite. If you go with granite tile, it's really affordable, especially if you can set and grout your own tile. Ask around, granite is more affordable than you think. It'd make a really nice accent to your table!

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Tile is cheap and looks good but I'd prefer stainless steel. Check Craigslist out, a lot of times you can find stainless commercial prep tables for the price you're looking to spend or might even be able to score some scrap stainless on the cheap.

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Tile is cheap and looks good but I'd prefer stainless steel. Check Craigslist out, a lot of times you can find stainless commercial prep tables for the price you're looking to spend or might even be able to score some scrap stainless on the cheap.

Polished Granite tile is a killer look. Terribly easy to maintain. Stainless is an absolute bitch to keep clean and shiny outdoors, unless you have a cover and even then it streaks terribly. At least IMHO.

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Tile is cheap and looks good but I'd prefer stainless steel. Check Craigslist out, a lot of times you can find stainless commercial prep tables for the price you're looking to spend or might even be able to score some scrap stainless on the cheap.

Polished Granite tile is a killer look. Terribly easy to maintain. Stainless is an absolute bitch to keep clean and shiny outdoors, unless you have a cover and even then it streaks terribly. At least IMHO.
I hear ya, I just like those shiny things...

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I would avoid aluminum at all costs. it would be impossible to keep clean and sanitary.  Stainless is the best option when it comes to metals, thats why everything commercial kitchen is made out of it. Non porous, naturally anti-microbial, etc... keep in mind, not all stainless is created equal either. 

 

As far as the other materials mentioned, i have no working knowledge so cant comment.

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