View Full Version : OT: Where to Find Plastic Strip for Truck Cap

Paul Alciatore
11-21-2014, 01:07 PM
I have a cap on the back of my truck and, like many such, it has a number of metal (extruded aluminum) strips with a flexible plastic (vinyl?) strip covering the screw heads in that extruded strip. Those plastic strips are starting to age and crack and I want to replace them.

I went to a local shop that installs those caps for the first one that cracked and they charged me almost $50 to replace just that one. That is just too much for a five minute job and 8 or 10 feet of the plastic strip. Their prices on the caps are out of sight too. So I hate to go back there.

Yesterday I stopped at a bunch of local auto and hardware stores and could not find any of this material. This morning I searched on the web, also with little luck. But that is probably a matter of terminology.

Does anybody know where I can find some of this flexible plastic strip material? Or at least what to search for? The proper search words? I need a material that is about 7/8" wide and about 1/32" thick. I am willing to buy a full roll as the remainder of the strips will probably go bad over the next year or two.

11-21-2014, 01:27 PM
Sort of like?

3M vinyl striping


11-21-2014, 01:58 PM
Check here, They use to sell the inserts for extruded aluminum pieces
Can't tell you which catalog it was in but try the signage and display products first!

Video Man
11-21-2014, 02:03 PM
Try searching "auto trim" or "truck trim" --- quick Google search turned up quite a few, here is a custom maker, for example: http://www.customautotrim.com/products/moldings/body_1_1eights.htm. Know nothing of them, just an example....

11-21-2014, 03:12 PM
RV dealers have it on rolls in white or black. I redid all of the channel trim on my Jayco camper for about $50.

Paul Alciatore
11-21-2014, 08:17 PM
RV dealers! Why didn't I think about that.


11-23-2014, 01:13 PM
RV dealers! Why didn't I think about that.


Boat dealers too!

11-24-2014, 07:55 AM
clamshell type covered snowmobile trailers use it too. i need to get a roll to do mine before winter really hits.

i'm suspecting you don't see too many snowmobile trailer dealers in your area though :D