Fabric attachment to metal frame

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Old 12-28-20, 09:39 PM
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Fabric attachment to metal frame

Even though this project is for my truck, I thought this would be the best place to post my question. I am building a metal frame to go on the back of my Jeep gladiator, and I want to wrap the frame in some water resistant outdoor fabric.



at first I thought about wrapping it around the metal frame and using snaps. After some more thought, I was wondering if I put on some aluminum channel on the metal frame and spline it like a screen if it would work?
 
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Old 12-29-20, 12:06 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

What is the covering for ?
Camping ?
Protection of load ?
Snaps could be used as well as Velcro.
 
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Old 12-29-20, 12:28 AM
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Thanks for the hello!
Yes the “cap” is to protect the load. Picture four separate pieces: the two triangles on the sides, a rectangle next to the rear window, the big rectangle lid on top. The lid will be hinged so I can lift it up to access the bed.
 
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Old 12-29-20, 12:31 AM
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I thought if I had aluminum channel to “spline” the fabric like a screen, if it gets saggy I can re-stretch the fabric to make it taught.
 
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Old 12-29-20, 12:32 AM
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Might be easier to just buy a hinged bed cover!
 
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Yeah for some reason I never take the easy route. I really like the look of it I guess...
 
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Old 12-29-20, 06:23 AM
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If you've ever seen anything flexible like a tarp in 70+ mph wind you'll realize how difficult a task you have ahead. Even canvas bed covers usually have a lot of support underneath and very robust attachment. Do you have a framework underneath to provide support to the canvas over the large flat areas? The corners where the obvious frame would be is easy but those big flat sections are going to be a problem.

Are you going to install a clear panel so you can use your rear view mirror?
 
 

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