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Posted by Morris Dovey on July 29, 2010, 8:35 pm
I've been looking for some way to protect wooden solar heating panels so
that they'd be impervious to rain, snow, UV, bugs, etc - and think I've
found a solution worth sharing...

I bought a roll of 0.002 x 20 x 600 inch stainless alloy foil, cut the
roll in thirds on a horizontal band saw, and after experimenting with
double-sided tape and various adhesives, finally tried gel-type contact

I used a paper towel pad to apply a thin coat of the cement to both wood
and stainless steel, waited 'til it was dry/tacky, and very carefully
positioned the stainless steel against the wood. I used a clean cloth to
rub over the stainless surface, then a rubber roller to apply some
pressure to ensure bonding.

Works like a charm! I snapped a couple of photos before I left the shop
so you can see the result:


I'll leave the photos online until this weekend. Enjoy!

Morris Dovey

Posted by Morris Dovey on August 4, 2010, 1:09 am
On 8/3/2010 6:39 PM, Bob F wrote:

Sorry - I've restored the pix and I'll leave 'em up for a few more days.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Morris Dovey

Posted by Morris Dovey on August 20, 2010, 6:34 pm
 On 7/29/2010 3:35 PM, Morris Dovey wrote:

I put the photos back up for a while, and am about to delete them. I've
posted a photo taken after the panel had been completely covered and the
edge of the stainless had been turned and glued - see the bottom of the
web page at


This panel is destined for the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York,
and the stainless foil application seems to have worked out fairly well.
We'll know for sure in 50 - 100 years if I got it right...

Morris Dovey

Posted by frazelle09 on February 10, 2011, 6:15 am
 Where did you get the stainless steel foil?

Have a great evening!  :)

Posted by Morris Dovey on February 10, 2011, 6:36 am
 On 2/10/2011 12:15 AM, frazelle09 wrote:


Morris Dovey

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