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Old 14-01-2021, 05:52   #1
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Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

So I’ve been scouring the internet for many, many hours.

I need a U profile trim that will accept 1 inch to 1 1/8” panels, in black.

Should be a really flexible trim, in black.

It’s to go around cutouts in panels.

Imagine cutting a round hole in a panel and having an unfinished edge. I want to push this trim into the hole, finishing off the edge.

I can’t find this in a larger size for my thick panels.

Ideally, the bit that is hanging out on the surface of the panel is small. Not as big as in the pic below. So a shorter “leg length” would be best for looks.

Could be edge trim as pictured, or could be a piece if U shaped plastic that will take tight, negative bends.

In desperation I tried foam pipe insulation from the hardware store. It’s so so in terms of looks and probably awful in terms of longevity.

Anyone know where I can find something like this??

Something like this:

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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

Outside the box ideas that work the same and produce the same effect are welcome.

I tried pipe insulation for example.
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

Well.... you did not mention the type of material of the panel...

If wood: I would cut a 1/16” thick batten of hardwood and bend & glue it into the opening.

If fiberglass: I would wet out and cure and single layer of 6oz fiberglass tape on a piece of plastic. When gelling, separate it from the plastic and set it on it’s side, forming it into a curve halfway the curve needed for the opening. Then glue it in the opening.
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

McMaster-Carr goes to at least 3/4 inch width in the design you want, and wider for other configurations:

https://www.mcmaster.com/edge-trim
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Old 14-01-2021, 08:00   #5
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

I have a small box of exactly what you're describing. I'll check the brand and what they actually call it and get back to you.

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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

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So I’ve been scouring the internet for many, many hours.

I need a U profile trim that will accept 1 inch to 1 1/8” panels, in black.

Should be a really flexible trim, in black.

It’s to go around cutouts in panels.

Imagine cutting a round hole in a panel and having an unfinished edge. I want to push this trim into the hole, finishing off the edge.

I can’t find this in a larger size for my thick panels.

Ideally, the bit that is hanging out on the surface of the panel is small. Not as big as in the pic below. So a shorter “leg length” would be best for looks.

Could be edge trim as pictured, or could be a piece if U shaped plastic that will take tight, negative bends.

In desperation I tried foam pipe insulation from the hardware store. It’s so so in terms of looks and probably awful in terms of longevity.

Anyone know where I can find something like this??

Something like this:

Check out https://www.outwater.com/ take a look at the extruded shapes.
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Old 14-01-2021, 09:33   #7
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

You could use many varieties of plastic stock that you could get from McMaster Carr and either router out or cut out on a table saw a trough of the width that you need. If you make the leg as short as possible it should bend around your holes. If not then use a heat gun and it will then form like butter. The key will be to select a material that has good UV resistance so that they last. The Mc master Carr catalog has a good table with the different properties of the many varieties of plastic stock that they offer. good luck
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

A U- shape trim can accommodate very gradual curves bit can't really be used for round or oval shaped,or even rounded corners, because the "legs" of the I would have to stretch too much.
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

It all depends on the thickness and depth of the leg of the plastic and how tight of radius in the corners of the holes. If the radius is gentle it should bend especially with heat. I have used starboard and bent corners with 1-2 inch radius using heat. When it cools it permenantly retains the bent shape. It saws cuts and can be worked like wood and is UV resistant.
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

Maybe a garage door seal??
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Re: Flexible, plastic, black, 1 1/8” trim material??

You might cut the extra flange off this rubber trim,
Its at WWWSteelerubber.com.
Extensive online catalogue for your perusal.
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It's called Flex Trim marine, made by Taco. Seems the thickest it can handle is 5/8", but it's an old box, there could be additional part numbers these days
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McMaster-Carr goes to at least 3/4 inch width in the design you want, and wider for other configurations:

https://www.mcmaster.com/edge-trim
Exactly. Too small. That’s the question.

Does anyone know where I can get something the right size to do this?

1 1/8” to 1 1/4”
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Check out https://www.outwater.com/ take a look at the extruded shapes.
I did. Unfortunately they have incredibly high minimum orders. Something like $1000.

They do custom runs for this stuff. What they have in stock is too small.
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You might cut the extra flange off this rubber trim,
Its at WWWSteelerubber.com.
Extensive online catalogue for your perusal.
Hope it helps.
Would you look at that???

Nice find! I didn’t see this in my searches. Thank you. Top contender at this moment.
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