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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Bare Aluminum Pannier Yuck

I have aluminum panniers (non powder-coated) on my Versys, and as most of you would know, anything inside the panniers that rubs on the bare aluminum gets that nice black coating on it.

Suggestions I have heard so far for providing a non-marring finish inside the boxes:

Sand with fine sandpaper, then spray paint.
Sand with fine sandpaper, then spray-on bed liner from a can.
Wallpaper the inside
Removable liners- like a little tote bag made to the pannier dimensions, etc.

I was concerned that even paint may tend to rub off on items inside the boxes- such as a coat/jacket, etc...

Anybody dealt with this issue?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 08:56 AM
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As far as aluminum, if you are to paint it, be sure to use a self-etching zinc based primer, or whatever paint you put on will soon peel off. The powder coating that my HT panniers are coated with seems to be very durable.

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Yes, in retrospect I probably would get them powder-coated....it was the same price!


Self-etching zinc based....will Home Depot have any idea what that is???
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Probably not. An auto-supply store will have it, along with any Marine {boat} store.

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I have them for my KLR.
Softgoods, clothing etc is sorted in bags.
Hardgoods, stove, tent, tarp fuel, can goods, etc. don't care.

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You can also line the inside with a thin closed cell foam. I haul camera and computer gear everyday and I just never know where something will end up so I lined all of my boxes. Te other answer is to put your stuff in bags.
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You can also line the inside with a thin closed cell foam. I haul camera and computer gear everyday and I just never know where something will end up so I lined all of my boxes. Te other answer is to put your stuff in bags.
+1 on the foam. It also deadens the sound of your stuff rattling against the bare metal. That can get annoying VERY quickly!
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Closed cell foam sounds interesting. I occasionally wrap items in an old towel right now to minimize the crash-bang-boom effect.
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