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crsweet91 11-09-2012 08:30 PM

Panel Material
I have some lower door panel carpets that Im redoing. Theyre made out of 1/8" cardboard. The original cardboard is warped and I really dont want to reuse it.

I need to bind around the edges of the panel so I need to be able to sew through it. Havent tried PVC foam board yet, but Im going to get some for some door panels Im doing. Can I sew through the pvc board or should I stick with some sort of cardboard.

Other idea was to just not sew through the panel, fold the leather over the edge and just glue it. My whole goal is to stay away from cardboard. I want them to last and not warp like the originals Im redoing.

Any advice is appreciated

DanTwoLakes 11-10-2012 06:51 AM

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Yes, you can easily sew through PVC foamboard. The picture is of 1/8" foamboard sewn with a size 22 needle, and size 92 thread at 5 stitches per inch.

PVC foamboard is the perfect thing to use for door panels, it is very strong, it cuts and shapes easily with normal wood working tools, it's half the weight of solid PVC, and it's completely waterproof. It also cuts easily with a utility knife. If you drill holes, either use Forstner bits or spade bits, but Forstner bits are the best. Once you try it, you will never use cardboard again. It is available in a lot of thicknesses, and my supplier has 4' by 8' or 5' by 10' sheets if I need them. Look for it at a sheet plastic supply place, it'll be a lot cheaper there. If they don't understand when you ask for foamboard, it's also called expanded PVC, closed cell PVC, or foamed PVC. Brand names are CelTec, Sintra, Komatex, and Palight. I'm sure there are other brand names.

crsweet91 11-10-2012 02:21 PM

Cool, I figured Id be able to sew through it. Ive used the ABS but never expanded PVC. I was just worried about the strength of it, when I here foam board It makes me think of that stuff that you see at craft stores with the thin layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of paper, its used for displays and stuff. I guess Ill try it out and just compare the differences between the ABS and PVC, PVC sounds like its a lot easier to use plus its cheaper. As long as its not cardboard Im happy. I have a TAP Plastics thats local so Ill probably go there. Thanks for the help.

DanTwoLakes 11-10-2012 03:22 PM

Tap Plastics is awful expensive, I buy 4' by 8' sheets for about $35 from my supplier. Tap would charge you about $72.

crsweet91 11-10-2012 03:29 PM

TAP is pretty much expensive with everything. Since its close Ill just go there for now. I have to look around for some other local plastic suppliers.

Who do you pick it up from, someplace local or do you order.

DanTwoLakes 11-10-2012 09:19 PM

I live in East Galoshes Corners in northern Wisconsin, so I drive an hour and a half to get to my supplier. I wish they would deliver for free, but that's not ever happening.

Custom Bones 11-13-2012 04:19 AM

pvc board ,sintra
:mwink: Your Local sign shop is a good place to find pvc board ,my local is selling 3 mm for $22 a 8 ft sheet.

crsweet91 11-13-2012 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by Custom Bones (Post 1610620)
:mwink: Your Local sign shop is a good place to find pvc board ,my local is selling 3 mm for $22 a 8 ft sheet.

Thats where I was planning on going. Theres a place 5 minutes from me I was going to check out.

DanTwoLakes 11-13-2012 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by Custom Bones (Post 1610620)
:mwink: Your Local sign shop is a good place to find pvc board ,my local is selling 3 mm for $22 a 8 ft sheet.

That's a terrific price. The sign shops near me don't carry PVC foamboard.

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