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Old 01-30-2008, 05:52 PM
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Stretch Vinyl (or other fabric) covering

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I'm working on a project and am curious just how effective stretch-forming glued-in-place fabric might be. The project is a late thirties pickup, with all the interior panels made of sheet metal. I'm certain the door panels would be simple. Probably even for me, with no experience. The dash, however, has some recurving surfaces and the rear corners of the cab are like the corner in a room. Three plane surfaces coming together at mutual 90 degree angles, except with a spherical intersection. I'd estimate the radius of this sphere at about 6 inches. Would a very stretchy vinyl, or Ultraleather 291 form nicely into a geometry like this (in the hands of an expert)?

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Hi Pat,

I've had pretty good luck stretching vinyl to a compound curved surface in the limited upholstery work I've done. Leather too, if you're patient and work slowly. Use thin material, not heavy marine vinyl, and make sure the fabric is warm. Start in the center, work out, and keep a heat gun handy.

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Marine vinyl is not your father's marine vinyl any more. There are marine vinyls that stretch just as much or more than regular vinyl, so don't jump to the conclusion that it won't work.
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Hi, I'm from the UK. I love your site, shame hotrods aren't really that popular here but we do get them.

I currently redesigning a dash to be made in fibreglass which will have customised instruments and speakers etc. I want to cover it using a good stretch vinyl but I have never worked with vinyl before. Do any of you guys know a good tutorial site or could redirect me to a user submitted guide.

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If you want to have no problems at all stretching vinyl onto whatever you want to put it on, use a vinyl with 4 way stretch like Morbern Allsport. This stuff is so stretchy anyone could use it and get excellent results. It may not come in the exact color you want, but you could then dye it with SEM products and get exactly the color you want. Check it out here: http://www.rochfordsupply.com/produc...SubCatID_E_489If you want to see vinyl being put onto an odd shape, check this out: Covering Armrests With Vinyl
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Hi Dan,

Could you recommend a good glue for vinyl? I've used the 3M spray-bomb glue with mixed results... If you use bulk glue and a spraygun, how's the cleanup?

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3-M makes an excellent high temp spray grade contact adhesive, but it is a little pricey, and their aerosols, #74 and #77 are not rated for high temperatures and will fail, even if they work initially. I use DAP Landau Top and Trim Adhesive (spray grade)
Which cleans up beautifully with mineral spirits. For smaller jobs, I use Performance High Temp Contact Adhesive in aerosol cans. Check it out here: http://www.yourautotrim.com/perhittrimad.html
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Thanks for the feedback Dan will persevere, it's gonna be job finding the materials in the UK but this is an excellent start. Thanks
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