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Need help reupholstering this door card with vinyl- Pics included

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Did a quick search and couldnt find anything that helped. I converted the interior of my car to leather and now I want to do the door cards to match with vinyl. Unfortunately I haven't found a way to get the vinyl to stretch enough without getting wrinkles. I tried using a heat gun which helped a little, but no cigar. Any suggestions? I think a cut and sew is out of my league.



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Kinda hard to tell but does it have an integral arm rest? Are you using a high grade upholstery contact cement?

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It does have an integral armrest and I am using contact cement. The contact cement worked great with the cloth I had on there before.The clothed stretched enough to conform, the vinyl does not.
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The vinyl has a grain to it, as it stretches more one direction than the other. Some compound shapes are impossible to cover with vinyl or leather.

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.........and this may be one of those shapes. The only way to do it with one piece of vinyl is to glue small sections at a time, and wait for the glue to dry before gluing another section. It looks like it would have to be cut apart unless you get some very stretchy vinyl. The heat gun won't soften the vinyl up long enough to be of much help if the vinyl isn't soft and pliable to start with. Look at this thread, it may help you: CLICK HERE
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Where can I get this stretchy vinyl you speak of? I have recovered these with cloth before and its no problem, it just doesnt seem like the vinyl i bought would stretch enough with out cutting and sewing.
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There are basically two forms of vinyl. One is two way stretch, meaning that it stretches from side to side or from top to bottom, depending on which way you orient the vinyl. The other is four way stretch, which means that it will stretch in any direction. The problem with four way stretch vinyl is that there are very limited manufacturers who make it, grains, finishes, and colors. By finishes, I mean high gloss, medium gloss, satin, and dull or flat. Most four way stretch vinyl has maybe 8 colors and is usually very shiny with a very small grain, and has very limited applications like a simple motorcycle seat or jet ski seat. The most common of these is Morbern All Sport. CLICK HERE

Even four way stretch vinyl will only stretch so much, so it is not a cure-all for every situation. There is no vinyl, or anything else for that matter, that can make a 90 degree turn without being tailored and sewn back together.

What I was referring to is vinyl that has two way stretch and is very soft and pliable, and there are lots of those out there. The problem is there is no way to know if any of them will work unless you try them.
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Any idea if I can get something like that locally? I would have to pay for 2 yards+shipping if it doesnt stretch enough. Looks like I might scrap this project and see if I can find some used ones. I dont think I have the capabilities to sew something like this.
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I would check out Your Auto Trim, I think they are in your area.
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Sorry, they are in Mississippi, not Florida like I thought.
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I called yourautotrim and asked for something stretchy and they sent me Whisper brand vinyl. It isnt super stretchy but hopefully it is good enough. It seems to be a 2 way strech. Do I want to stretchiness to go lenthwise of the piece or up and down?
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Also, can I apply this contact cement by brush or do I have to use a HVLP? I have access to both but I think for this situation a brush may be easier.
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You can apply the glue with a brush. You really don't want to use an HVLP gun, you want a conventional siphon feed gun. Run the stretch in the direction the vinyl need to stretch the most, which looks like top to bottom to me.
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