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Old 08-28-2004, 07:25 PM
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Upholstering a bed

I've been searching for information on how to finish a pickup bed. I'd like to do "raised" flames in the fabric on the sides. Any ideas or a point in the right direction for info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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There are some books on upholstery out there than have this technique in them. You basically cut a thin, dense foam into the patterns you want and glue it down on the panel. You then spray adhesive all over it and lay your vinyl down over it pressing down tight, the patterns in the foam you cut out show thru.
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i had an idea that this was how the pattern was done, but how are these panels attached to the box of the truck and any recommendations on what to make the actual panels out of?
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The panels could be made out of aluminum, water resistant board that the uphostery shops use all the time, tempered masonite, just about anything you want. I perfer aluminum myself for stuff like that.

You spray the same adhesive on the foam to hold it to the panel. It is basically the same stuff that is used to attach a vinyl top or something like that. The uphostery shop uses this stuff all day long, it is very common.

There are some you can spray out of a can like 3M's "General Trim Adhesive" number 08088 will do the job in most cases. If you follow the directions, you could install a fender with this stuff (just kidding).
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