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What is heat wrap made of?

Hey all,

Just wondering what heat wrap is made of?

I am sure there are many types, but the one I have seems to be like cotton, and all hatched together - it has no sticky stuff on the outside - it is just that a wrap which you wrap around stuff....a bit like what you see on the handles of sports bags.....

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Re: What is heat wrap made of?

In the bad old days it used to be an asbestos and aluminium compound - until we discovered that this wasn't a healthy combination. These days heat shielding is typically stainless steel clad ceramic or high temperature aluminum clad ceramic. There are also new polymer based ones that came from the NASA Columbia space shuttle experiments but they are still relatively rare and expensive.

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In the bad old days it used to be an asbestos and aluminium compound - until we discovered that this wasn't a healthy combination.
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Do they still make it like that today?

I hope mine isnt that cos I don want to be breathing that crap in!!!! How can you tell so I know whether or not I should get rid of it?

Its cotton like and breaks up into little strands, and as mentioned above looks like the cross hatched handles of sports bags?

Let me know if this is the dodgy stuff so I can get rid of it before i start doing this

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Re: What is heat wrap made of?

The best indication is probably the age of it as they mostly look the same. If the shielding is less thatn 5 years old then it won't be asbestos as that was when Australia finally agreed to the convention banning its use. By your description it may well be - if in doubt then err on the side of caution and replace it.

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well it was put on two weeks ago.....maybe i should get rid of it anyway just for peace of mind!
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Re: What is heat wrap made of?

it maybe just fibreglass, like what they put in the roof of houses...

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Yeah I think it was fibreglass by looking at it, but i'd prefer to be safe than sorry so to speak! (i just pulled it out now!)
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Yeah I think it was fibreglass by looking at it, but i'd prefer to be safe than sorry so to speak! (i just pulled it out now!)
Don't be so paranoid, asbestos won't make you keel over, in fact you need to be breathing it in on a regular basis in large quantities to be any type of health hazard.

By the way, what do you think your brake pads are made out of?
 
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Don't be so paranoid, asbestos won't make you keel over, in fact you need to be breathing it in on a regular basis in large quantities to be any type of health hazard.
Yeah realise that, but the heat wrap over the cats was making a burning smell...so it cant be good for the cats (extra heat) or you (fumes) so i wil just get some of that metallic like stick on stuff and whack it on the floor instead....

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By the way, what do you think your brake pads are made out of?
I dont know, but I dont think its heat wrap!!!!


enough with being a smart arse, I know for a fact they are asbestos free cos the box says so......plus like russell said, isnt uses of asbestos band, so no ones pads should have asbestos in them!
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Don't be so paranoid, asbestos won't make you keel over, in fact you need to be breathing it in on a regular basis in large quantities to be any type of health hazard.

By the way, what do you think your brake pads are made out of?
If you are going to correct someone then at least be accurate.

Firstly you do not need to be breathing in asbestos on a regular basis to put yourself at risk and there is no need to do that when it can be avoided.

Secondly, asbestos hasn't been used in brake pads for the same 5-6 years.

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