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04-16-2013 04:41 PM
DanTwoLakes Read the rest of the thread from the beginning, and you will find that no-one is recommending trying to bend luan plywood or anything else you can buy at the lumber yard. There are many things that are intended to be inside of a car that will work better, and bend easier.
04-16-2013 04:35 PM
chasman Luan will not hold the shape for long especially if your bend is sharp, I would recommend using maralite, it is much more flexible and is sold at your local lumber store, and is about the same cost as luan... it is more like a peg board material and resists cracking or breaking. Just a thought!! Chas
03-15-2013 03:55 PM
sportcoupe
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I did a search-it's probably here but i missed it-

I have found some 1/8" luan plywood (as opposed to PVC foam board) that I would like to use for the interior panels in my Model A (to be covered with vinyl). I am going to need to bend and form them to match the curvature at the rear corners of the cab. What's the best way to form them and to get them to stay formed?

Thanks
trying to bend plywood is not easy, the best way is to make a form and use thin veneers which can be bought on Amazon or some lumber yards, spread a thin layer of glue on each veneer until the desired thickness press it into the form clamp over night then trim to fit. I just went out a bought a piece of sintra sign board to do the same thing in my coupe door panels. good luck, SC
03-12-2013 05:12 PM
5window I received the glue safely today, one day earlier than UPS has predicted. The company also included a very nice can koozie. Nice folks to do business with.
03-09-2013 09:27 AM
5window
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Just as an update-I got a sheet of 3mm Sintra from a local sign shop and ordered the DAP spray adhesive as Dan suggested. I might as well TRY to do it right the first time. Harbor Freight had $30 spray guns on sale for $10 (plus a free LED flashlight!) and shipped my total order for $6.99. So if it would juts warm up a tiny bit, I'm set to go. Thanks.


Just a head's up. I found an online promo code for yourautotrim.com (scottkeen) and saved 15% on the order. No idea who he is, but the code is listed on several coupon sites and it is still active. Never hurts to look.
03-09-2013 08:29 AM
OneMoreTime You guys may wish to look into vacuum forming of laminates..Might be very useful if you wish to have a wood insert for a dash or center console..

Sam
03-09-2013 07:38 AM
DanTwoLakes Yes, I agree. The locals are my customers, not the big box stores.
03-08-2013 11:20 AM
5window
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In upholstery work, there is never just one way to do something, but there is always a better way to do some things. You will be thrilled when you find out how easy it is to use the PVC foamboard.

I'm curious, how big a sheet did you buy, and what did you have to pay for the Sintra?
4x8 and it was $55. I did not shop around because a) it's pretty rural here and there aren't a lot of shops b) moderate savings would be eaten up by hauling it and c) I like to shop locally when I can ven if it's a bit more. Local folks are my neighbors and customers.
03-08-2013 08:26 AM
DanTwoLakes In upholstery work, there is never just one way to do something, but there is always a better way to do some things. You will be thrilled when you find out how easy it is to use the PVC foamboard.

I'm curious, how big a sheet did you buy, and what did you have to pay for the Sintra?
03-08-2013 07:57 AM
5window Just as an update-I got a sheet of 3mm Sintra from a local sign shop and ordered the DAP spray adhesive as Dan suggested. I might as well TRY to do it right the first time. Harbor Freight had $30 spray guns on sale for $10 (plus a free LED flashlight!) and shipped my total order for $6.99. So if it would juts warm up a tiny bit, I'm set to go. Thanks.
02-19-2013 11:55 AM
John Se
try Bend-Ply

this bends well, but needs to be formed against bulkheads and stringers or some sort of light structure underneath.

Columbia Forest Products : Radius Bending Plywood

I used it for this
02-18-2013 07:07 AM
Old Fool Wiggle Wood
02-16-2013 11:56 PM
JCAR I have used this method many times when building a buck for fiberglass pieces, and I have also used it for building bucks for foamboard items. It's a fast way to get a template made. Compound curves can be accomplished by laminating a couple of pieces together, a little filler, and you are all set. Landau foam makes a good body filler for interior panels, in some situations.
02-16-2013 11:36 PM
JCAR I bend Luan all the time, this is how I do it, not necessarily the best or only way, just my way. I found that if I set the board in place, with the grain opposite of what "looks right" as far as bending, I sand the backside of the board with a 36 grit flap disc, sanding a single layer from the back side. The board will now bend more than 90 degrees. It is very fragile at this point, but you can mix up some fiberglass resin, apply it to the board in place, and should have a pretty solid panel. Hope my explanation makes sense. May not work for this scenario, but may help someone else on a future project
02-15-2013 12:28 PM
DanTwoLakes About equal to bending 1/8" plywood and getting the correct curves on the first try. No matter how much you save by using something that doesn't bend easily, you will lose it in the time and effort you use to find out how difficult the process actually is.
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