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    Default OT: Where to Find Plastic Strip for Truck Cap

    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.
    Paul A.

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    Sort of like?

    3M vinyl striping

    www.vinylstriping.com

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    Check here, They use to sell the inserts for extruded aluminum pieces
    http://www.outwatercatalogs.com/home/index.cfm
    Can't tell you which catalog it was in but try the signage and display products first!
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    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/produc..._1_1eights.htm. Know nothing of them, just an example....

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    RV dealers have it on rolls in white or black. I redid all of the channel trim on my Jayco camper for about $50.

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    RV dealers! Why didn't I think about that.

    Thanks!!!
    Paul A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
    RV dealers! Why didn't I think about that.

    Thanks!!!
    Boat dealers too!

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    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

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