Aluminium is a fantastic DIY material due to how easy it is to work and how little upkeep it requires once installed; which is to say that unlike a lot of other metallic materials aluminium does not rust or tarnish, ensuring that its good looks will be preserved. Depending on what you have in-store for your aluminium angles however, its natural silver colour may not exactly suit your purposes, but contrary to popular belief, painting aluminium is entirely possible; you just need to know how.
Cutting aluminium angles down to the exact length you need them to be is an incredibly easy task to accomplish and doing so is also safer than it would be when cutting other metals such as steel, as aluminium does not create sparks – though we would still recommend using protective eye wear and gloves as a safety precaution.
Considering its many qualities, most DIY practitioners enjoy using aluminium and recognise the benefits it has when used in the correct way and under the right circumstances. These uses may not be immediately apparent to some, which is why we are going to show you 5 uses for aluminium angles that ought to get your brain ticking and the inspiration flowing.
Many materials, such as wood and some plastics, may chip or become uneven along their edges as they're being worked, thereby creating a rather unappealing aesthetic. This is a tiresome problem that can become the bane of even the most seasoned DIY enthusiasts' existence, and whilst it is possible to sand down or plane the material until the gap is no longer present, this is not always a viable option. An aluminium angle can be easily installed to cover chipped edges, effectively disguising the marred surface behind their sturdy silver body.
Covering Rough Edges
In the same way that aluminium angles can be used to hide away chips and gaps, they can also be used to hide rough, uneven surfaces that are not able to be smoothed over. These instances are not common, as often you can smooth, buff or polish over an uneven surface, but an aluminium angle also adds a little extra to the objects length, height and width; making them perfect for those occasions when too much has been removed by over-zealous sanding.
Disguising Screw Holes
Another affliction that is a common bother for those who prefer to do it themselves, screw holes, whilst unavoidable, are rarely pleasing to the eye, and the area around where the screw has been inserted often chips, either when the hole is being made or when the screw is being drilled in. Aluminium angles are ideal for hiding screw holes because not only do they cover up the ugliness they create, they also make an aesthetic finishing touch due to their spectacular shine.
Creating Decorative Borders
In case it has not become obvious by now, we are extremely fond of the glistening shine of glorious silver that aluminium naturally possesses; it does not rust, it can be easily cleaned and if you want to paint it then you can do so with very little hassle. Moreover, aluminium angles, even when used decoratively, still offer an impressive level of protection.
Fabricating Grind Bars
Lastly a suggestion that is a little more out there to show the scope of an aluminium angle's potential uses. Because aluminium does not spark aluminium angles can be used to create grind bars for skate parks that are not only safe to grind along, but also ideal for protecting the material underneath which would undoubtedly become quickly worn away if not covered.