When it comes to quality aftermarket car and RV grilles (often spelled “grill”), it’s common to hear the phrase “You get what you pay for” tossed around as an eternal truth. However, if you’re not one to let others do what you can do yourself, you probably know that the DIY route is the perfect way to achieve a good-looking radiator grille that’ll hold up through the elements and save you a lot of money in the process. In this article, let’s explore how expanded stainless steel and a little bit of effort can get your ride looking great again for little cost.
Why Use Stainless Steel Expanded Sheet Metal?
Expanded sheet metal is a miracle of metal fabrication that takes an already strong sheet of metal and produces a material that’s stronger and lighter than before. Stainless Steel Expanded Metal will maintain its signature diamond-shaped pattern for years to come with normal usage. Made with one piece construction which prevents unraveling, expanded stainless steel sheet metal is a perfect material for a DIY custom car or RV grille. Expanded metal works wonders when looking for a material that will allow for ventilation without sacrificing rigidity or strength. The openings allow passage of light, air, heat and sound, which are ideal when discussing the heat and vibration that are generated underneath the hood! Lastly, expanded sheet metal is lightweight and easy to fabricate and form
Stainless Winnebago Grille: Made from stainless steel standard expanded sheet, the design of this grille can vary based on the gauge thickness and opening sizes. For this custom designed Winnebago grille, an OnlineMetals.com customer used 0.5″ opening by 13ga stainless standard expanded sheet cut to 17.75″ x 50.75″. This material can be shipped direct or picked up at our Online Metals facility in Toledo, Ohio.
Grilles are typically square and easy to measure! If you want to be certain that you’ve got the right shape and size for your RV, create a cardboard template then cut your expanded sheet to size with a metal cutting saw.
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