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Old    John Marshall (johnm_ttu)      Join Date: Jul 2005       02-09-2008, 11:13 AM Reply   
I am building a kicker and I want to use pvc sheeting for the surface. The only supplier I have really found is http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=usplastic&category%5Fna me=115&product%5Fid=9997

I am looking at the 48" x 96" sheet and they have several different thicknesses 1/8", 3/16", 1/4". What do I really need as far as durability and flexibility is concerned?

Each thickness is a step up in price.
Old    T-Bag (nasty530)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-09-2008, 11:21 AM Reply   
I would say 1/8" would be too thin and 1/4 would not be very flexible. Shooting from the hip I would put 3/16 at just right
Old    WakeViolater (wakeviolater)      Join Date: Sep 2004       02-09-2008, 11:42 AM Reply   
go to home depot. ask people who work there where the FRP panels are. they go on the walls in bathrooms. one side flat, one side textured. texture up!
Old    WakeViolater (wakeviolater)      Join Date: Sep 2004       02-09-2008, 11:43 AM Reply   
FRP from home depot is around $ 35 per sheet.
Old    Clay (tahoeguy7)      Join Date: Sep 2006       02-09-2008, 12:38 PM Reply   
How do the FRP panels treat boards? The stuff that they use at KC Watersports (HDPE I believe) works pretty well and doesn't tear up boards that bad. It is quite expensive though.}
Old    WakeViolater (wakeviolater)      Join Date: Sep 2004       02-09-2008, 1:57 PM Reply   
i use a roam when hitting rails and kickers...it takes less abuse on the kicker (with FRP) than my trex rails.
Old    John Marshall (johnm_ttu)      Join Date: Jul 2005       02-09-2008, 4:29 PM Reply   
FRP sounds like the way to go.

Thanks for the input.

It was looking like freight for the PVC sheet would have been $$$.
Old    porter rockwell (rocketdogg)      Join Date: Oct 2006       02-09-2008, 6:47 PM Reply   
I would agree that FRP is a good surface. a lot of restaurants use them in their kitchens and such. They can take some abuse.
Old    porter rockwell (rocketdogg)      Join Date: Oct 2006       02-09-2008, 6:49 PM Reply   
Also wanted to point out that they should also have channel type connectors, corners pieces, and even plastic screw caps and such available right there so you can really do a professional job.
Old    wes graves (dkmode34)      Join Date: Mar 2004       02-09-2008, 6:59 PM Reply   
john,

where are you planning on putting this???
Old    Jason Shehan (norcalbordr)      Join Date: Feb 2006       02-09-2008, 10:06 PM Reply   
By WakeViolater (wakeviolater) on Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 10:42 am:

go to home depot. ask people who work there where the FRP panels are. they go on the walls in bathrooms. one side flat, one side textured. texture up!
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Texture side up? Really? It doesn't slowly start shredding layers of your board away?
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-09-2008, 10:15 PM Reply   
Wakeviolator is right. go with FRP with texture up. it slides way better because there is less surface area draging across your board. its cheap and works great.
Old    WakeViolater (wakeviolater)      Join Date: Sep 2004       02-10-2008, 12:24 PM Reply   
with the texture side up there will be less surface are contact between your board and kicker, hence, making it faster. less contact = less friction = more slcik. its physics, man!
Old    wes graves (dkmode34)      Join Date: Mar 2004       02-10-2008, 2:14 PM Reply   
john, you guys call me when you decide to make it bc I want to help!!!

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