It's not carpet, it's a shipping (moving) blanket. We have a bunch of them and use them all the time when wrenching on the Jeep. It's a whole lot better than crawling around on the cement. They're great for trail repairs and make a nice bed and blanket, in the garage, for those times when my wife finds the Jeep mod reciepts. When dirty, they can be taken to a coin op laundry. Like Jerry says though, they get folded up and put away when grinding, etc.
I might sound stupid, but I don't know what a 'chem film' is...
If I buy a can of spray paint from the local store. Can I use this to paint the skid or will it be bad for it?
No, you don't sound stupid. Chem film is to aluminum what a high quality corrosion resistant primer would be to steel if you could dip it in a big tank to apply it and it was the same color as bare steel.
You can't paint aluminum directly without a primer. Zinc Chromate is one type and there are others. Not difficult or expensive, just different than what you use on steel.
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I've got a question. I know nothing about metals so bear with my ignorance. When my daughter was playing softball we sent her bat to a place in Socal to be (before they banned it) Cryo'd. It supposedly gave the bat more pop. It does something to the aluminum's structure. Not that this skid plate (judging by the pics) needs it, would this benefit the skid plate at all.
Relevant or not so relevant, but once upon a time I removed the lines out of those clips and the clips and mounted the lines right behind the crossmember to the bottom of the tub where there was more room for them. That was to shove an A/R bar through over the top of a raised tank. Might see if that makes sense for what you're trying to accomplish.
That more than makes sense, and was actually going through my mind.
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