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Old 04-29-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Naalehu, Hawaii
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How does it hold up in Hawaii assuming not being oceanfront?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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How does it hold up in Hawaii assuming not being oceanfront?
On the wet side of the BI it just kinda melts over time. The rain is very acid here.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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Most metals rust in pretty short order.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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How does it hold up in Hawaii assuming not being oceanfront?
As long as it's painted and properly maintained, aluminum patio furniture can provide quite a few years of useful service in Hawaiʻi. I have metal furniture and a stainless steel BBQ grill on my lānai and they haven't "melted" or rusted yet, despite being there for about a decade.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Hawai'i
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Aluminum is widely used in boats, which are of course exposed to salt air and water. Rinsed off and dried regularly, you'll be fine.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Aluminum is widely used in boats, which are of course exposed to salt air and water. Rinsed off and dried regularly, you'll be fine.
My experience on the Big Island is that aluminum corrosion is a significant problem. The aluminum used in typical folding lawn chairs, for instance, or in aluminum framed windows, or ladders, is not of the same alloy as boat hardware, and does not have the same surface treatment. In layman's terms it seems much "softer."

And the rain anywhere VOG is prevalent is quite acidic, and therefore more corrosive than "normal" rain. Matter of fact, collected rainwater in catchment systems has to be buffered regularly to reduce acidity or it plays havoc with metal plumbing parts like faucets.

I took a look at several used travel campers a year or so ago in Puna and was disappointed to see that every single one of them I looked at had significant damage to the aluminum parts. Like drip rails over windows that had just melted away.

And painted steel items like propane tanks and BBQs quickly develop a kind of rusty "leprosy" I've never seen elsewhere.

Yup, "rinse and dry and put away in a dry place" will surely extend the life of any metal items you care to treat that way, but a lot of people just aren't into doing that with their casual lawn furniture and BBQ.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Molokai, HI
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Also, depending on where you live, the trade winds can be robust enough to throw around aluminum patio furniture. That's a rude awakening at 3am.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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How does it hold up in Hawaii assuming not being oceanfront?
Depends. If you live in places like Volcano, which get vog and acid rain on a daily basis, not long.

If you live in Hilo, Kapoho, Seaview, etc. (all places where vog is infrequent) it will last just fine because they rarely get acid rain from the vog.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: not sure, but there's a hell of a lot of water around here!
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Does the 'acid rain' also seem to have a detrimental effect upon the residents of Volcano and nearby areas? Any known cases of 'brain melting' in the area? Wouldn't surprise me, empirical evidence as presented by some posters on this forum might indicate that some individuals have been affected rather severely and in a relatively short period of time.. Just sayin

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Old 05-01-2012, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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Although Volcano definitely gets a concentrated dose of acid rain, yes, the aluminum rot I was referring to seeing on travel trailers was all from units parked long term in Hilo and Hawiian Paradise Park areas.

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