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Old 02-22-2012, 07:42 AM
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Upholstery adhesive?

The interior work I've done in the past has included naugahyde tuck/roll and typical woven interior fabrics, but I've never been crazy about the off-the-shelf fabric adhesives available at the local auto stores, especially for holding the fabric that I fold over the edge of the door panels. I've tried the liquid contact cement products too and nothing really holds like I'd like. Is there a commercial product out there I'm overlooking?? Is there some technique trick I'm overlooking with my use of the fabrics?? HELP!!

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Old 02-22-2012, 08:04 AM
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If you're serious about doing a professional job, you need to buy a spray gun and use top and trim contact adhesive. There is no aerosol out there that is a substitute for spraying from a gun. There are products out there that you are missing. One is foam to foam contact adhesive like K-Grip or K-Spray. That is used to glue fabric, vinyl, leather, and Ultraleather to foam, or to glue two pieces of foam together. The other thing is bulk (in containers of a gallon or larger) spray grade HHR Top and Trim contact adhesive. This will glue everything you need to do on a car interior. Here's a link to a WIKI article about contact adhesive: CLICK HERE
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Thanks Dan! You are always a good resource and I appreciate it. Yes I want to do a professional job although I bow to your training and expertise, I just want to do the very best I can, and with the upholstery projects I do, I feel that the adhesives are holding me back (no pun intended)!!! My work seems to look very nice at first, and then the adhesives start to fail after months pass. I get a lot of help from my wife who is an excellent seamstress, and we have a commercial sewing machine that meets our needs too.
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I should have said "more professional" instead of "professional".

You will be thrilled with the results using HHR (high heat resistant) Top and Trim adhesive. It gets stronger as time goes on, the opposite of what you are used to.

BTW, here's an alternative to the "Critter" sprayer in the WIKI article.
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the cheapest $15 gun from harbor freight works well too
i use a discarded paint gun from my buddies shop
amazingly the glue does not harden in the canister, i've had the same gun for 5 yrs
turn the fan spray all the way down and plug the vent hole when not using it
i usually just keep it plugged unless i'm doing a lot of spraying.
welwood contact cement works ok but trim cement is better
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To chrisg561: I moved your recommendation to the Lounge and started a new thread with it.

The end of this thread about glue recommendations was not the place for your post.
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so at my local auto upholstery shop they have an aerosol can of hhr top and trim adhesive... is it the same thing as the stuff you are talking about?
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No. There is no aerosol contact adhesive that is as good as bulk (in containers of 1 gallon and more) spray grade, HHR,(high heat resistant) top and trim contact adhesive sprayed from a siphon feed spray gun. There is no aerosol recommended for any overhead applications. If you use three aerosol cans for an interior, you will have more money invested than if you buy a gallon of the good stuff.
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I like a pressure pot for adhesive. Personal preference. I bought a used Binks pot for $50. It cleaned up nice. A new lid seal and a new chunk of fluid hose and it was good to go. I bought a new Binks 2100 gun today that was setup for spraying adhesive. I really like this setup. I wouldn't pay new price($500) for the pot though.
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The only thing I don't like about the pressure pot is the two heavy hoses. You have to have a glue hose or the glue will destroy the regular fluid hose, and they are pricey. It is nice not to have to re-fill the cup as often, and it's nice to be able to spray at any angle, but I'd rather refill the cup and not have to lug all the heavy stuff around.
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