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Old 06-30-2006, 04:48 AM
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I have my board out of my truck. It is in good condition and I am about to remove the old fabric.
Qestion 1. is it better to coat the board with a sealer before applying the adhesive?
2. Will an upholstery fabric without foam backing be better, worse or the same to use as a fabric?
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HI: Just make sure you get all of the old fabric, foam, and adhesive off the board before you try to re-glue any fabric. The board has to be perfectly clean and smooth. Anything you leave behind will telegraph through the new fabric, and may not stick. If you can find foam backed headliner material it will be less likely anything will show through. Make sure you use a high temperature glue to glue whatever fabric you choose to the board like DAP weldwood landau top and trim adhesive. Follow the instructions on the can to the letter. A small board like you have should be no problem for you at all. It's just like a good paint job.......the more time you spend on preparations, the better the job will be. Good luck.
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Sorry, I forgot to answer your first question. Sealing the board will help as long as the sealer is good and dry before you glue.
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Sorry, I forgot to answer your first question. Sealing the board will help as long as the sealer is good and dry before you glue.
What is a good sealer to use? The reason I ask is that the material I removed was like a thin carpet. It was on very tight and I believe I removed the slick surfact from the board. The only reason I took it off is that it was black and did not match my interior. I picked it up at the salvage yard. I put a little contact cement on one corner and it went right into the board. A second coat over it also went in.
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Any good clear sealer. You want to close the pores of the board and make a good solid surface for the glue and fabric. You can put three coats of contact cement on the board and the fabric, no problem. Spray the contact cement on. Let one coat dry completely before applying another. Be real careful when you start to apply the fabric to the board that you don't stick it tight until you are ready. Start from the middle and work out to the edges.
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Any good clear sealer. You want to close the pores of the board and make a good solid surface for the glue and fabric. You can put three coats of contact cement on the board and the fabric, no problem. Spray the contact cement on. Let one coat dry completely before applying another. Be real careful when you start to apply the fabric to the board that you don't stick it tight until you are ready. Start from the middle and work out to the edges.
What would you suggest - varnish, lacquer, shelack - oil or water base - brand name?
Also did you ever hear of using carpet as a headliner material? It stuck very good - too good.
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You can use anything that strikes your fancy as a headliner material. The problem with carpet is it's thickness and stiffness as far as moldability (is that a word?) If you like the look of carpet, try Spectropile which is a smooth,synthetic, carpet-like product that doesn't unravel like some carpet can. It cuts with a scissors, it's thin enough to use as a headliner and comes in a lot of colors. It can even be sewn together.
As far as the sealer, a can of good quality spray shellack (which you can get at any hardware store) should do the job. I'm not sure what brands would be available in your area, ask the hardware guy. If you'd like to see a sample of Spectropile, I can send you a piece and order you whatever color you like at my cost. Tell me what color and what size you need. Let me know by personal message what you want to do by Monday, July 3rd.
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