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I'm trying to make my own interior and I need to find out what and where I can find chip board. I read in a book to use it but no upholstery shop knows what it is.Please help if you can. thank you
 

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i've never been able to find it either...nobody's ever heard of it up here in NY...try using abs plastic....025,.040 etc.,try sign shops!there's a product called sintex,for signboard,that works!!!
 

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There are companies advertised in the StreetScene that offer plastic door panels very reasonable and have good selection of surface patterns.
Bar that if you really want to do it all yourself.
I found some 1/8 inch board in 4X4 sixes at the local Home depot. And you cannot beat J.C. Whitney for various cloth both 'piped' and plan. Their supplier is Aristocrat. Also if you stick with the top of the line products here they will match anything I have seen at street use machines and shows.
 

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go to any home or builders supply and ask for 1/8" untempered masonite or hardboard, they all have it 4x8 sheets been using it for years, even the cheap wall paneling will work. 3/32 in thick.
 

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steve here i use cheap paneling to i also use cardboard i cut out what i want then spray it all down with 3m adhesive spray let dry then spray where you want your fabric to go hope this helps
 

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where would I be able to find some leather if i decide to redo my interior with leather? I haven't seen any leather in the (very few) places I have looked that looks like the same stuff used in cars. Is there a special "car leather", maybe treated somehow? or is it the same stuff and I'm just making things too hard for myself?

also, IF i do go with leather, would i still spray it with the adhesive and mount it that way? I would like to have some stitching showing so I was going to just stitch it onto the board (pre-punch holes in the board) but I bet it would be a lot easier if i used the spray adhesive first then don't have to worry about it sliding around and all... but would that ruin the leather?

EDIT -- stupid fingers.. never hit the keys i tell them to....

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HEY MIST: There are a number of guys who advertise in Hemmings Motor News that sell leather. Bill Hirsch was at Hersey and had a whole table of end runs and large left overs. I know they have add in Hemmings. Ahh you might try hitting cow, ahh maybe not. DAVE SHANK
 

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if you want a pattern in your leather you buy some thin polyfoam 1/4-1/2" and some cambric type material (keeps he stitches from pulling out, looks kinda like cheesecloth), then stitch through them and glue the results to the panel.
 

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Yes, there is an automotive grade of leather. Leather is glued and sewn the same ways that vinyl or fabric is, you'll just need an industrial grade machine and a bit bigger needle to sew some thicker leathers. This is the best time of year to buy leather, at the end of year alot of companies are closing out certain colors and they can be picked up for cheap. We have quite of few colors of leather being sold for very good prices now.

About the chip board, we can get that stuff, we don't use it any more. There are a lot of new products that have replaced that stuff that are alot better. What are you exactly using it for? We used to use it for pattern making. Tha'ts really all that I would recommend using it for.

Shawn Krist
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