Corner covers?

Hi,
We have purchased one of the Kyocera Solar KD-135 135 Watt 12 Volt Solar Electric Panels we need. We will be purchasing three more.
We have mounted this panel on our boats dodger top. The edges of the panel are real sharp and we are worried we will get gouged by them as we move around the sail boat.
Does anyone know of rubber corner protectors for solar panels?
Thank you,
Chip

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  • Ralph DayRalph Day Solar Expert Posts: 892 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    How about liquid electrical tape, or one of the many Goo products? A few layers should make for safer corners

    Ralph
  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    Foam pipe insulation, cut to fit the edges of the panel? some comes self adhesive.

    Tony
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    glue some cork on it.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,470 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    Baby shops have coffee table corner bumpers. Not sure how well they hold up outdoors.

    Cut up a tennis ball and glue (silicone sealer) it on ?
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  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    yes, i like the tennis balls idea.:D
  • System2System2 Posts: 6,290 admin
    Re: Corner covers?

    As you can see we would like something pleasing to look at and that would hold up under wind and sea conditions. While most of the suggestions are valid and may work they would not look or stay looking good or stay put in the marine environment.
    The liquid electoral tape my be the way I need to go. We could use some blue tape to help make it off and see if it can do the job. If not it would be removable.
    Sorry about not mentioning looking good and the marine environment.
    The SP may look like it is not in the way but you do at times when the boat is moving brush by it. The edges are very jagged and sharp. It a bad sea they could tear you up and that is the worst time, if there were ever a better?
    We will also be adding two more 135’s and a smaller one on the bimini.
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  • System2System2 Posts: 6,290 admin
    Re: Corner covers?

    Ok so I am wrong. The “Dream Baby Round Corner Protectors 8 Pack” look good.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Baby-Round-Corner-Protectors/dp/B0014J63S4/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added
    Something like this would work.
    But what does the dimensions represent?
    Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 2 inches ; 1.6 ounces

    What is height width depth?

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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,708 admin
    Re: Corner covers?

    You can usually find the baby proofing stuff at a large hardware store or home center.

    The clear plastic stuff might not hold up well in full sun (Trim so they don't cover any active cells on your solar panel). If you try something like that, I would suggest getting some good quality/heat resistant paint (silver reflects UV, black should protect the plastic).

    For fabric covered aircraft, we first paint with a "Primer", then silver paint, then paint the "color coat" on top to protect the fabric underneath from UV damage).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • dwhdwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
    Re: Corner covers?

    There is also the roadie stuff:

    http://www.reliablehardware.com/corners.aspx
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