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Old 01-09-2011, 02:56 PM
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T bucket upholstery question

I'm getting ready to finish the side panels on a friends fiberglass T bucket. The car is already finish painted. The upper inside panels are going to be wrapped over onto the upper lip of the car then the outside perimeter finished with Hide-em. QUESTION, will I be able to use staples in the fiberglass to attach the Hime-em around the top edge of the fiberglass body? Would hate to try it and mess up a paint job.
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Normally the body has a wood inner framework. This is what the trim gets nailed to. Nailing into the f-glass won't work well..
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Bob is right, nailing into the fiberglass won't work at all. You could break the fiberglass and/or just not be able to sink the staples in cleanly. Certain plastics are the same way, the harder they are the less likely you can staple into them. You can always use top and trim contact adhesive to attach the hidem.
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I,ve looked at some pictures of finished off T side panels that are fastened to the car and see Hide-em sta[ple or fastened. Some how it's fastened to the top edge of the bucket and on am fiberglass T there isn't any wood or tack strip there. The wood is down below the top lip. How do they attach the roll over on the body on the T buckets? I don't see how contact would hold there. Well, guess I'll experiment with staples in a piece of fiberglass first?
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Can you take some pictures of the car you want to do? There are a number of different ways to do it, just like every other upholstery job.
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I think I'm going to try and use the roll Pli grip stuff. Like used on headliners. Rivet it around the edge then pull the material over and the mash it under the grip. What do you thinlk??
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T.P. used to furnish a plastic? tack strip that you screwed to the fbgls and then attached the upholstery to that IIRC. post over on T-bucketeers site, thiers alot of knowledge pertaining to T's specifically there.


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I think I'm going to try and use the roll Pli grip stuff. Like used on headliners. Rivet it around the edge then pull the material over and the mash it under the grip. What do you thinlk??
It's not a very strong way to attach it, even when you use the heavy duty version, and it's better when stapled on which you don't know you can do. You can cut the vinyl with it too unless you're very careful.

Any way you do this will require fastening something to the car. Why not just rivet on the hidem welt?

This would be far easier to recommend something if you would post some pictures. Right now I'm just guessing.
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Thanks, Dan. I don't have the car here yet. I'm looking at pictures of Ivo T. I like the idea of riveting the welt. Lots of rivets..

Ohhh, thanks for the idea of T site..I'll check it out, too.
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I looked at the pictures of Ivo T. It looks like the areas behind the doors and around the back of the seat are blind stapled and folded down. Then it is attached below the level of the seat cushion, and the seat cushion is then put in place and attached.
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As others said, do not attempt to staple to fiberglass. I can guarantee it will not work, and will crack and chip the paint. Instead of riveting, i would recommend screwing the hidem welt down. Drill with an 1/8" bit and use a #6 oval head sheet metal screw. This will allow for readjusting and removal of the hidem welt. The owner of the car will definitely be happy with the screws if he ever wants to repaint the car. Removing screws will be a lot easier than drilling the centers out of a bunch of rivets.
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maybe maybe not...

this article might help you.. maybe some ideas maybe not...http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/...kup/index.html
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