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Old 07-13-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Material for front air dam

I went to the hardware store with a front air dam in mind, and after reading that people used flexible garden edging I found some, but it was only a few inches tall, and has a big loop on the top for a tube (I guess to hold shape? I certainly don't own a garden! ). Is that what people here have used? I would have to mount it with the fat end down, but it just seemed not tall enough in general.

The good news, is that my car has the perfect setup to add a dam! There's already a once inch tall one (no idea why), and I'm going to start taking that off. A simple set of right angle brackets and whatever material I find to make the dam and it will be done in no time!

Is there anything other than garden edging people have found?

Thanks

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Old 07-13-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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What I used (look in my garage page) was vinyl deck edging from Lowes or Home Depot. For my side skirts, I used more vinyl siding. Having a lip that you can mount to the vehicle is handy. See the poorly shot photo attached.
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I got what I used at Home Depot. $7.95 for 20 ft. afterwards I found some flat edging and added 3" to the bottom of the 5" home Depot edging.

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Our Lowes had the kind you are describing, and a cheaper kind with a less obnoxious edge on it, which is what I bought.
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I don't know what the hell I bought but it's 5 inches and 5/16" think and it's going on there this weekend. It's got woodgrain on one side and a few lines on the other.
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Anyone has used any of these products I was thinking of :

1- Linoleum.
2. Rubber carpets in rolls.
3- Vinyl carpet like in rolls.
4- Plasti-vic.
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Anyone has used any of these products I was thinking of :

1- Linoleum.
2. Rubber carpets in rolls.
3- Vinyl carpet like in rolls.
4- Plasti-vic.
A guy here on GasSavers has covered his whole car with vinyl tiles.

Linoleum(vinyl) should have enough stiffness and thickness to work.

I think carpet would be too flimsy.

Not familiar with Plasti-vic but looks like plastic sheeting. If about 1/16 inch thick and somewhat flexible, may be about the same I am using for wheel skirts. I bought mine at Home Depot 4X8 ft. sheet.
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Plasti-vic ( or Agro-mur) must be sold under a different name in the US. It is plastic sheeting mostly used for walls in farm building. It is flexible depending upon the thickness. 4 X 8 sheets and thick... 0.100", 0.125" and 0.250". between $30 and $50. each sheet.

Must be what you used.
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What have you found at Home Depot in sheets? I was looking for sheets of plastic one time at both Lowe's and Home Depot and couldn't find ANY sheets of anything plastic like other than fluorescent light covers.

I called sign stores today but being a Saturday they were both closed.
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What have you found at Home Depot in sheets? I was looking for sheets of plastic one time at both Lowe's and Home Depot and couldn't find ANY sheets of anything plastic like other than fluorescent light covers.

I called sign stores today but being a Saturday they were both closed.
4x8 sheet white .060 thick solid plastic. Fairly pliable, I used it for almost everything on my car. 8 months ago was 21.95 sheet, now 29.95.

Find it with other 4x8 wall paneling, usually in a rack on a back wall.
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