Good idea Oby1.
When l pay 3 to 6 thousand dollars for something l like to take care of it as well. I use pipe insulation on my frame and it keeps the u bolts from rubbing.
I have thought about that heat shrink plastic from Ohio for the frame as well. Have you tried to powerwash the glue from the tape off?
Paul7. That foam is a good idea as well. Especially for long trips with heavy loads.
I am an American Whitewater member. One of 6300. There are an estimated 100000 paddlers in the U S. If you are not a member you should join. AW is fighting for our rivers everyday and could use some help.