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Old 06-24-2010, 08:57 AM
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Gluing Vinyl To a Convex shape

There are always questions here about how to glue vinyl to a concave or convex shape. The steps are basically the same. I always start at the lowest place for a concave shape, or the highest place for a convex shape.

I just completed a 1946 Ford interior, and had to re-do the package shelf which was broken, and had a convex shape in the middle. After repairing the package shelf board by gluing Versare to both sides in the damaged area, I added a thin padding to prevent the repairs from showing through the vinyl after the glue dries. Then I could start gluing down the vinyl.

I started at the highest point in the middle and glued the vinyl down at that point only and let it completely dry. This keeps the vinyl firmly attached in the middle and doesn't allow the vinyl to slip around while I finish the gluing. From that point, I glued down the center hump completely on both sides and let it completely dry. After that, the rest of the package shelf was two flat areas to the left and right of the center hump, which I glued just like doing a door panel. I finished the package shelf by gluing the vinyl on the back side, and by stitching down the vinyl all the way around the perimeter.
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Is there another name for "versare" fabric. Having a hard time locating it.
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Generically, it is called point bonded, non woven, spun polypropylene.
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Googled that and no luck either. Where can I purchase this?
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I can't find it online either, except it appears to be made by a company called Hanes industries in North Carolina. I have only one supplier that carries it, and they only sell to upholstery shops. The closest thing I have seen to it is called Typar, but Typar is not as soft as Versare. Typar is used as landscaping fabric. Check out this link: CLICK HERE This is black, and Versare is white, but this might work for you. They have a roll that is 3 ft. wide and 50 ft. long for $25.
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