12mm Infill Strip. Tips on fitting please.

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  1. emmitdb

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    Hi All,

    I've posted here because I couldn't find anywhere else.

    When we bought the 'Van one of the things we noticed was that the infill 'rubbing' type strip found at the bottom of the outside walls (before it joins the bottom sill) had shrunk so that there was a gap at either end of each run.

    I've bit the bullet and bought the strip to replace them but would appreciate any tips on how to replace them. There are no End Caps so it can't be slid in.

    Over to you.
     
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    a bucket of hot water to warm and soften the strip before installing will really help
     
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    Hot air gun or hair dryer & side of a small flat screwdriver to push it in.
     
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    Can't remember the last time I had a hair drier in my hand.
    Me? bald as a coot.
     
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    There is a special spreader tool which opens the sides and inserts the trim as you draw it along the bead.
    Commonly used for old style rubber surrounded windscreen trim.

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    Don't see that one working Papa. We're talking aluminium sides, not flexible rubber.
     
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    So what is the strip made of? Is it a PVC, rubber or Alli? I'm confused.

    Keith
     
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    My apologies.

    But im sure there is a similar tool that 'folds' the trim insert and presses it in to insert it then it springs back naturally.
     
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    Watch the Vid. Keith.
    The flexible strip in my case isn't around the door. It is, if you like, similar to that found in the awning skirt on a caravan. It's cosmetic in my case, (I think) but on a acaravan it hides the screws that hold the awning strips to the side of the caravan.

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    Once you have it in force as much length in as possible then cut it an inch too long. Leave it for as long as possible (at least a week) before finally trimming to correct length. It tends to shrink a little once fitted - probably because it gets stretched when fitting. I just use a blunt screwdriver or a knife from the cutlery tray to fit it.
     
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    I replaced all mine last year. That was 4 lockers and door trims as the stuff that was in had shrunk and also gone very sticky for some reason. I waited for a hot day and pushed it in with thumbnail. It takes time and your thumbs will be sore afterwards but using a metal object may damage the aluminium channel. I eventually finished mine off in Spain and it was much easier being in the 30's. As previously stated, leave as long as possible and try to push too much in as it will shrink.
     
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