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.
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
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.
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.
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