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Old 08-27-2008, 10:15 AM
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Gluing tip

Here is a tip on gluing new fabric to old metal. To avoid headaches later, the glue that was originally on the part you're re-doing needs to come off, and especially if it is flaking, or you're not sure what it is. As you can see from these pics, these old armrests had a lot of the old glue buildup on the back of them. That's not rust, it is the color of the old glue. I have a bench grinder with a fine wire wheel on it to take off the old glue. Once you have ground off as much as you can, clean the metal with mineral spirits. This should soften up any residue still left. Keep cleaning them until there is no stickiness left on the metal. You will be happy you took the time to do this, it will give you a brand new surface to do your gluing. This is especially important on small parts like these armrests.
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I'm surprized how many people complain that the glue didn't stick. It just made a mess. You sure as hell couldn't paint over that surface , I don't know why they imagine glue would stick to it. Everything takes "work". A simple task like adding glue, might require prepping the surface. don't you know... How about them don't know how to read the directions types. Perhaps application temps played a role. Or the dreaded apply to both sides & allow it a couple of minutes step. Later
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The thing is, if it was contact adhesive on there in the first place that was compatible to the new glue, the new glue might be able to re-activate the old glue, or at least the old glue might not be softened by the new glue. But.......why take a chance, this whole process took an extra 20 minutes, and here's the result.
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