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Looking for Zinc Sheet Metal look alike for small table tops

March 11, 2009

Q. We have a restaurant/bar with a zinc bar top. we would like to "re cover" the small table tops with something that looks like zinc sheet metal but is easier to work with. We are two very handy women but don't know much about metal finishing.

Linda Washburne
hobbyist - Rochester, Michigan, USA

March 15, 2009

A. Hi, Linda. See if you can find tin. Buy one sheet and see what you think. Tin has the advantage over most metals of being completely food-safe.


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

Dull metal for a shampoo backbar

March 18, 2017

Q. Hi,

I am looking for a metal, preferably a dull surface, tin look, that will not rust. The product will be used on a shampoo backbar and will get a lot of moisture.

jennifer ruta
Raves Salon - plainview, New York

March 2017

A. Hi Jennifer. I googled 'shampoo backbar' and it seems to be a set of cabinetry. If that is the case, are you looking to cover such a set of cabinets with metal skins? Tin plated steel is available, although it's not cheap, and it's tricky to order because people tend to call sheet metal 'tin' even when it has nothing to do with the element tin. The tin plating itself won't rust although the underlying steel eventually might.

Aluminum sheet metal is inexpensive, not especially shiny, and won't rust. Good luck.


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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