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Old 08-28-2005, 09:40 PM
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What you guys are looking for is PVC board, not Starboard, in any version. Starboard & all the other brand versions of it, are high-density polyethylene. As noted previously, it cannot be chemically bonded with any type of glue. It can only be mechanically fastened with screws, through-bolted, etc...PVC is what most quality marine upholstery manufacturers have replaced their wood with, beginning about five years ago. It can be glued with conventional PVC cement, takes a staple well, & can be worked with conventional wood-working tools. It can also be sanded, heated & formed, unlike high-density polyethylene. Its light weight is probably it's best attribute though. It can be purchased in 4' x 8' and 4' x 10' sheets, in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" & 3/4" sheets at any wholesale plexiglas or plastics house. It is available in a couple different grades, depending on the quality of the finish you desire. The smoother the finish, the higher the price. You don't need the smoothest finish version, unless it is exposed on the bottom of a cushion, etc... It is available in white, gray & black...white being the most popular. Farco Plastics is a good source, so is Piedmont Plastics. Hope this helps. Ed
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I have used Buck Woodcraft in Marathon Fla. John Arbuckle. Here is link:http://www.buckwoodcraft.com/king_starboard.htm
Sells 6 colors of Starboard in sheets and by sq.ft. Ships same day. The adhesive most use is 3M Scotch Weld DP8005. Use a real a top quality router bit.
Has a lot of great information on the site but he's a little pricey.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:26 PM
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HDPE (high density polyethylene) can be formed if heated to about 300 degrees and holds its shape much better than starboard, which needs to be heated to about 500 degrees to be formed. Starboard is pure, Starboard XL is recycled material. Either starboard holds a staple fairly well as long as the pull is perpendicular to the staple, if the pull is vertical it does not hold well unless 1/2" staples are used in 1/2" material, even then it is marginal. The HDPE is about twice the weight of starboard. Forget about gluing, screw it.

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What you guys are looking for is PVC board, not Starboard, in any version. Starboard & all the other brand versions of it, are high-density polyethylene. As noted previously, it cannot be chemically bonded with any type of glue. It can only be mechanically fastened with screws, through-bolted, etc...PVC is what most quality marine upholstery manufacturers have replaced their wood with, beginning about five years ago. It can be glued with conventional PVC cement, takes a staple well, & can be worked with conventional wood-working tools. It can also be sanded, heated & formed, unlike high-density polyethylene. Its light weight is probably it's best attribute though. It can be purchased in 4' x 8' and 4' x 10' sheets, in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" & 3/4" sheets at any wholesale plexiglas or plastics house. It is available in a couple different grades, depending on the quality of the finish you desire. The smoother the finish, the higher the price. You don't need the smoothest finish version, unless it is exposed on the bottom of a cushion, etc... It is available in white, gray & black...white being the most popular. Farco Plastics is a good source, so is Piedmont Plastics. Hope this helps. Ed
Does it resist bending in heat as much as starboard does? I'm wanting to make a sunpad, but I know it will warp from the heat unless I build something below it, which defeats the purpose of the starboard.
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HDPE (high density polyethylene) can be formed if heated to about 300 degrees and holds its shape much better than starboard, which needs to be heated to about 500 degrees to be formed. Starboard is pure, Starboard XL is recycled material. Either starboard holds a staple fairly well as long as the pull is perpendicular to the staple, if the pull is vertical it does not hold well unless 1/2" staples are used in 1/2" material, even then it is marginal. The HDPE is about twice the weight of starboard. Forget about gluing, screw it.

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Weight is my biggest issue especially when adding it north of the CG.
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