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Old 09-23-2019, 06:25 PM
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Default Interior panels backing material

For those that have made their own side panels. What material did you use for the backing/panel? I am planning some simple flat panels above the arm rest, mainly to help prevent arm freeze come winter. I intend to attach them with velcro. Aluminum would work, also thinking about ABS.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:24 PM
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I have been thinking about making some for mine. I am planning to use the plastic sheet stuff trimmers use for auto door panels. I do not know the trade name for it but it is used in place of the cardboard type stuff used in the past. It can be glued, stapled, and sewed with an upholstery machine.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:12 PM
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That sounds like ABS maybe. I'm starting to think that is the best bet. Maybe 1/8" thick. Downside is that it is not epsecially light. About 1/2 the weight of aluminum by volume. So 1/8" thick would be the same as 0.063 aluminum. Maybe 1/16 would work... I have also considered that material they use for yard signs "coroplast".
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:25 PM
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Researching some more, the coroplast is looking pretty good. Even homedepot stocks it. Not fire retardent, so i wouldn't use it low or forward in the cockpit, but for upper side panels it should be ok.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Coroplas...896S/205351385
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Try kydex. Itís a thermo plastic that holsters are made from. Other companies also use it to make interior panels...
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:55 PM
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Try kydex. Itís a thermo plastic that holsters are made from. Other companies also use it to make interior panels...
Kydex is very interesting. Meets FAR flammability requirements as well. Downside, not easily available in the sizes we need. Most retailers appear to sell up to 12x12, suppliers sell full sheets. Need to do more digging. Thanks.
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:19 PM
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If it wasnít such a pita to post images on the forum I would show you my process but here is an fb link, worked out pretty well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vans...420525?sfns=mo
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:37 PM
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Kydex is very interesting. Meets FAR flammability requirements as well. Downside, not easily available in the sizes we need. Most retailers appear to sell up to 12x12, suppliers sell full sheets. Need to do more digging. Thanks.
Curbellplastics is a supplier of large sheets of kydex. https://www.curbellplastics.com/Shop...=CRBL.SkuSheet Shipping would be an issue for large sheets, But they could cut them down to make shipping easier.

Do you have any idea what thickness would be appropriate.
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Old 09-24-2019, 05:32 PM
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Curbellplastics is a supplier of large sheets of kydex. https://www.curbellplastics.com/Shop...=CRBL.SkuSheet Shipping would be an issue for large sheets, But they could cut them down to make shipping easier.

Do you have any idea what thickness would be appropriate.
I dont know how rigid it is, but less than 1/8", or you might as well use aluminum.
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Old 09-24-2019, 05:33 PM
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If it wasnít such a pita to post images on the forum I would show you my process but here is an fb link, worked out pretty well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vans...420525?sfns=mo
I saw your post before, didnt see the reply. Can you provide more info on that fiberglass board?
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