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I "think" I'm going to use some of my aircraft carpet as a cover for the top skin above the instrument panel on my 750. The "carpet" is not actually fibers - it looks like an extremely short nap carpet but is either plastic or plasticized carpet, so it actually is non-porus. It has a dense foam backing and is about 3/16" thick. It's burn-certified and the dense foam is a great sound absorber. Also, since it's black, it should reduce glare and windshield reflections.
The top skin protrudes aft over the instrument panel, creating a nice, sharp edge that would do some severe damage to your face or head in an accident! I have some heavy vinyl edging with metal clips imbedded in it that would at least blunt the top skin edge and grip the carpet well, but I wondered if anyone had a source for something similar that is either padded or has a nice soft foam or other material to even further soften the edge?
Hi. There are various edging profiles avalable even rubber profiles.
I think you will find fabric lining will still reflect onto the canopy. Most seem to be painting with a matt black or matt black textured paint which works well.
As I said, the "carpet" I'm thinking of using isn't actually a woven carpet - it's some sort of vinyl or plasticized material and it has a textured surface that simulates a carpet texture. The color is a sort of matt black/very dark gray - it doesn't have a shiny or reflective surface. Just to be sure, I'll take a piece and lay it on the glareshield of my 206 and see if it reflects or not.
I, in fact, already have some rubber edging, but what I'm wanting to know has anyone found something with a thicker, padded appearance (for safety and aesthetics!)? Ready-made would be nice, but I think I read somewhere about slitting a piece of tubing lengthwise, covering it with vinyl, leather, or whatever, and pop this over the rubber edging to create something more "substantial" looking (and safer!).
For your edge trim try McMASTER-CARR in the search block type rubber edge trim. used profile 1 in 1in size in my 601xlb forms good and grips the edge has not slipped in two years.
The pipe insulation surely looks cool there. Holding it in place with plastic ties is easy enough. It seems better than glueing it there with rubber cement as I once thought.