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Old 05-25-2016, 08:05 AM   #15
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Carl,

I'm currently restoring my Trillium 4500 rock guard. Its disassembled and I'm polishing the aluminum frame parts. The panels did not survive, so I'll be replacing them.

To address your questions re method to hold the panels securely, I am considering closed cell foam weatherstripping tape. I could apply the tape continuously around the back edge of each panel, or I could apply the tape in short pieces, spaced several inches apart. What do you think about these methods?

(PO used strong caulk to hold the panels in snug. It proved difficult to remove the caulk and disassemble the rock guard! )

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Old 05-25-2016, 08:21 AM   #16
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Hi John

Well, I haven't figured out yet what to do with mine, so I'm not in the best position to give you advise on this!
As they say, your guess is as good as mine!

I'd go with continuous tape all around, unless it would make it harder to put the panels back in the frame.
I saw the frame design is different between the 5500 and 4500. On my 5500 sliding the panels back in was a pretty tight fit. The wavy ones on each side have to go in first, and they were not too bad, but I had to "warp" the center one significantly to pop it in. Not sure if a foam strip would have make it harder.

So that weatherstripping foam you're planning to use is closed cell? I will have to look that up again at the hardware store, there are probably different kinds of these foam strips because I just checked on a leftover I had in my shop and it's definitely open cell.

What do you plan to replace your panels with?

Let us know how it turns out!
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Carl,

Yes, I found closed cell foam weatherstripping tape at HD. Here is an example:

PRODUCT OVERVIEW Model # 02253 Internet # 100353460 Store SKU # 616028
The MD Building Products 3/8 in. x 17 ft. Foam Weather strip Tape is self-adhesive and helps eliminate air and moisture leaks around doors and windows. This closed-cell PVC is dustproof and waterproof.

For the panels, I will probably use:

Celtec Expanded PVC Sheet, Satin Smooth Finish, 6mm Thick, 24" Length x 36" Width, White

Thanks,
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Thanks John, I'll look that up.

That plastic sheet seems a good option at a reasonable price.
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I think that foam is "open cell" foam.
As John has mentioned there are closed cell versions. At least you have an idea of what to look for.
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