I just bought a couple (more) Jorgensen bar clamps, the type that have
soft orange pads on the jaws. But I have just stumbled on a fairly large
number of complaints that the pads release a chemical that stains (some)
wood. The complaints were all several years old, so my first question
is, have they fixed the problem? I'm guessing the answer is no, as I
also found a spate of complaints from several years before that.
But whatever the answer is, I've got a bunch of other clamps that could
also use some sort of covering. These include some of the "pipe" type
and some quik-grips whose pads have gotten a tad mangy.
I used bits of cork on one project, but it's a pain to stick a piece
behind each jaw while positioning the clamps. I could glue the cork on,
I suppose, but it doesn't seem like it would be very durable. I read
somewhere that leather is a good choice, but presumably it would have to
be an undyed, uncoated type.
What I would like, if possible, is some material that won't mar or stain
wood, but will last for a while, and an adhesive that will hold
acceptably, but can eventually be removed if the cover material wears out.