Installing Stainless Steel Bollard Covers using Spray Foam

Protect your pipe bollards while enhancing their aesthetic appearance. Bollard covers add a sleek, contemporary design element to pre-installed pipe bollards. Bollard covers are made of high-quality 316 grade stainless steel for the best corrosion resistance—even in high-saline environments. With this installation method, spray foam is used to fix bollard covers onto the pipe bollard.

It is important to note that Reliance Foundry’s bollard covers are primarily decorative. Adding bollard covers to existing pipe bollards will not affect impact resistance. The level of impact resistance is directly related to the original installation.

PARTS LIST

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1Stainless Steel Bollard Cover1
2Hexagon Socket Set Screw3
3Adhesive Foam Strip3
4Spray Foam* (adhesive)1

Installation Equipment

3/16″ Hex KeyLevel
Measuring TapePutty knife

NOTE

  • To protect the finish, keep bollard covers in original packaging until the exact moment of installation.
  • Handle with care to avoid scratching or damaging bollard cover surfaces as abrasions will lead to rust.
Diagram showing the parts list

Before Installation

Inspect the pipe bollard
Examine the pre-installed pipe bollard for signs of damage. Any rust should be removed, and abrasions should be covered as soon as possible. If the damage is beyond repair, a new pipe bollard may need to be installed.

Hold a level vertically against the side of the pipe bollard and ensure that it is plumb.

Note: Any damage or tilting of the pipe bollard can affect the performance of the bollard cover.

Diagram showing a level against the side of the pipe bollard to ensure it is plumb

Clean and dry the pipe bollard
Brush or wipe the surface of the pipe bollard. Debris can offset measurements and the placement of the bollard cover.

Dry the pipe bollard as moisture can affect the integrity of the adhesive foam strips—a compressible foam that will add stability by filling up the space between the pipe bollard and bollard cover.

Prepare the bollard cover for installation
Keep the bollard cover in its protective packaging and place near the installation site.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging.

Three set screws are already installed in the bottom holes of the bollard cover. You will need to partly unscrew them to allow room for the pipe bollard to fit inside.

Diagram showing the set screws at the bottom holes of the bollard cover

Set the bollard cover

Apply the adhesive foam strips
Apply the three adhesive foam strips to the top portion of the pipe bollard. Place the strips evenly spaced apart. This compressible foam will fill up the space between the pipe bollard and bollard cover.

Diagram showing adhesive foam strips applied to the top of the pipe bollard

Slide the bollard cover over the pipe bollard
Slide the bollard cover over the pipe bollard and hold it at 1–2″ above surface grade.

Apply the spray foam
With the bollard cover held up at 1–2″ above surface grade, insert the spray foam nozzle into the space between the pipe bollard and bollard cover. Carefully dispense the spray foam evenly around the surface.

Note: The bollard cover must be held up over the pipe bollard as the spray foam is applied—to prevent accidents and injuries, have a second person to help with this step or ensure that the proper resources are available to set into place.

Diagram showing the bollard cover held up at 1–2 inches above grade and the spray foam nozzle between the pipe bollard and bollard cover

Set the bollard cover
Lower the bollard cover all the way down and ensure that it is centered over the pipe bollard.

Immediately remove any excess foam with a putty knife.

Press a level vertically against the bollard cover and ensure that it is plumb.

Note: A minimum of 10 minutes at 70˚F is required for the spray foam to set. Do not disturb until it has fully cured.

Diagram showing a level against the bollard cover after it has been lowered over the pipe bollard

Secure the bollard cover

Secure the bollard cover onto the pipe bollard
Tighten the set screws at the bottom of the bollard cover using equal torque. Use a level throughout the process to ensure that the bollard cover is plumb.

Move from screw to screw when tightening until the bollard cover is secure.

Diagram showing the set screws at the bottom of the bollard cover being tightened

Clean the bollard cover

Clean the surface of the bollard cover
Use a cloth to clean off any residue, dust, or debris.

Inspect

Inspect the installation
From a distance, examine the plane of view.

Ensure the bollard is plumb.

Check the bollard for any signs of surface damage
Abrasions should be covered as soon as possible to prevent rust and ensure the proper life of the bollard. For damage repair or other servicing needs, please contact Reliance Foundry’s sales department.

Care and maintenance

Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance Foundry’s bollards are finished with long-lasting powder coating. In most North American environments, routine inspections and cleaning will ensure that bollards retain their aesthetic appeal. Proper care and maintenance are required to maintain the finish and ensure a full service life.

*Please refer to the adhesive manufacturer’s MSDS before using.

Diagram showing a stainless steel bollard cover fixed onto a pipe bollard using spray foam
Stainless steel bollard covers can be installed onto pipe bollards using spray foam.