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Old 06-18-2006   #1
 
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What is a good protective strip for a rack?

I have a trailer with 1" tubing. I need to permanently place some sort of protection between the tubing and the kayak. Any suggestions?

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Pipe Wrap

You can look at a home improvement or plumbing supply for a good quality pipe wrap that has adhesive.
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I used black decorative auto trim that came in a 20 foot roll I bought it at either Kmart or Walmart, but am thinking it was Kmart. Works great, sticks great. and has lasted about 4 years so far. It's about 3/4ths of an inch wide and about 1/4th of an inch thick, the one I picked was all black but I believe there some with a chrome strip as part of the width.. It is designed to be used on the sides of cars and/or trucks to prevent door dings.

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"Tool Dip" or "Plastic Dip" purchased at Home Depot etc. Basically this is a liquid latex/plastic that dries to the consistency of tool grips.
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old broken automotive belts work really well. just cut them to to size and either screw or glue them on. Pick a busy menchanic shop and ask if they have any broken belts laying around.

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I use strips of outfitting foam and duct tape. The only disadvantage is that I have to reapply the duct tape every two seasons.

Might have to upgrade to the gorilla tape.
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There are a ton of different types of hose/pipe insulations that should fit nicely over 1" tubing. A hardware or automotive store should have them. I would think automotive products are more durable.

Yea, tape will be needed with whatever you end up with.
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Hot glue or marine goop is the shizzz

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Yea, tape will be needed with whatever you end up with.
Depending on foam or harder stuff - but I have been hot glueing my life together lately and it is the shit. That and Marine grade Goop. Toxic as hell though that stuff though. Can't speak about the hot glue toxicity but I sure do like it.

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Thanks everyone, I like the ides of:

combining the car door protection strips with hot glue or marine grade goop. I did some pipe insulation stuff with black duct tape. It ended up looking pretty raggedy after half a season, then I had to replace it.
This is a new trailer for a kayak program. So, I think it is worth it to make it look more professional.

Thanks again for the advice, this really helps.

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