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Old 06-08-2015   #1
 
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Al contact with frame - foam & glue q

I've been running my raft with some closed cell foam between the drybox, captain box, cooler hangers, etc. and the rubber. I'm about ready to permanently attach the foam to the aluminum and was wondering:

1) What is the most durable material to use for this? I've been using closed cell foam but I want something that will hold up since I'll be gluing it.
2) What glue do people recommend?

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Call me stupid here, but is this to avoid oxidation marks?

Ive been thinking of doing something for that because on a lightgrey raft no matter how hard I scrub it doesnt want to get all the way clean.

This info could b helpful to me as well, thanks. Do you have pics?
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Call me stupid here, but is this to avoid oxidation marks?

Ive been thinking of doing something for that because on a lightgrey raft no matter how hard I scrub it doesnt want to get all the way clean.

This info could b helpful to me as well, thanks. Do you have pics?
Hey stupid....just kidding. I don't think it's actually oxidation but rather transfer from the aluminum. Maybe someone can correct me on the actual chemical process if there is one.

But yes, this is to alleviate the rubbing contact transfer between aluminum and the rubber.

Of course - you could powder coat - but my pockets are not that deep.
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I would use PVC material to glue on as foam doesn't last. I just spent 30min with a flap wheel taking ethafoam off a customers box and it makes a huge mess and ain't much fun. I can get you material if you want to go that direction. Contact me directly at [email protected]

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Hey stupid....just kidding. I don't think it's actually oxidation but rather transfer from the aluminum. Maybe someone can correct me on the actual chemical process if there is one.

But yes, this is to alleviate the rubbing contact transfer between aluminum and the rubber.

Of course - you could powder coat - but my pockets are not that deep.
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Glue? I see a nasty job in the future when it's time to redo it. I've used, and recommend, PVC tape that is self-adhesive. Very easy to work with, lasts a long time (relatively) and never leaves you with a messy nightmare to deal with. Bought mine at Home Depot. Black with faint "pvc" lettering on it. I use it on my fisherman's lean bar and to properly space my cooler in its bay. Wrap it over pipe insulation.

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Just pretend like the aluminum marks are not there.
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I thought about doing the same thing a couple years back and even started a thread here on the buzz about it. In the end I decided to run drop bags under neath all my aluminum. They add expense and weight but are sweet with a hatch when dry box isn't needed. I've been happy with this "solution".

If I was going to attach something I would glue a thin sheet of plastic to the bottom instead of foam. Thinner and less likely to shred and leave bits of foam everywhere. It is also thinner to keep the dry box height down. The plastic I am thinking of is prob 1/8" and is used to separate layers of cans for brewery deliveries. They refer to it as dunnage. Worth a look.
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