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    got the vinyl, the backing on it seems pretty tough as is. I think ill just counter sink the screws to make sure they dont poke through, the vinyl was hella cheap. I think ill take the excess and make a shift boot with it. I think it will be best if i put the veneer on the inter panels first then vinyl one side, drop the veneer panel in and put in screws, then wrap the other side of the vinyl and secure it that way all the screws and hardware will be under the vinyl so it cant be seen. Problem is i have to wait for the veneers to come in now before i can do anything serious. For now ill just sand everything smooth and cut out all the parts i need.

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    Please take HiJackZX1's advice and use padding underneath the vinyl. You won't believe how much difference it makes -- you'll be way, way happier with the result if you use padding. Unpadded vinyl looks amateurish, and you can make it look pro easily; this stuff isn't hard to use.

    Ask at Joann's Fabrics -- they'll show you the material you want. It's cheap.
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    joanns is where i got the vinyl, what is it felt? cause usually people in stores around here dont know crap about anything. Also any tips about forming the vinyl around corners, i can work the convex corners easy, but the concave corners are tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figfry View Post
    joanns is where i got the vinyl, what is it felt? cause usually people in stores around here dont know crap about anything.
    There are a couple of different kinds that I've used. One is actually foam, available in thicknesses from about 1/16 inch on up. I used 1/8" in the denser stuff, and 3/8" in the lighter stuff. Another type is a loosely woven fiber material; one version of it is called Fiberfill, but I used the type that comes in rolls. Here's an article about padding.

    Your padding thickness will be determined by how soft you want the sides to be; take your vinyl in and try each kind 'til you find what you want.

    I'd bet someone at Joann's has a clue; maybe you talked to a clerk instead of a crafty lady. Look for the manager or someone the manager recommends; they'll keep you going in the right direction.

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    Also any tips about forming the vinyl around corners, i can work the convex corners easy, but the concave corners are tricky.
    The vinyl simply wants to go across concave areas, not sink into them. If it's a long concave area like an inside corner, you could staple the vinyl into the corner, and put a bead along there (the Joann's people can show you how to make bead). Or cut the vinyl at the corner and fasten both parts with or without a bead. For indented areas, you may have to resort to a covered button; again, the Joann Fabrics folks can show you how.

    Check out this MP3Car thread.

    Hit upholster.com for some how-to advice.

    Here's an article on seat upholstery.

    Use to look for other tutorials and get more information.

    Have fun . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    Please take HiJackZX1's advice and use padding underneath the vinyl. You won't believe how much difference it makes -- you'll be way, way happier with the result if you use padding. Unpadded vinyl looks amateurish, and you can make it look pro easily; this stuff isn't hard to use.

    Ask at Joann's Fabrics -- they'll show you the material you want. It's cheap.
    RDHOLTZ is right, infact RDHOLTZ kept me from making the mistake about the padding. Alot of people assume the thin padding on the vinyl already will be enough. When you apply the glue and what not, it will form bubbles and show imperfections. I confirmed this with the upholster that did my console and he had 30 years experience. The padding will not make your console look bulky or anything.... Here is how my old one turned out. If you want I can rip it open and see what thickness padding he used.




    PS: I think 3/8 is the one the guy used on mine...
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    Wow, yall are awesome, thanks for all this info, ill prolly pick up the foam stuff, i like the sound of it. You said i can get it at joanns as well? Ill check out all of those links you posted. Im a little confused about the foam though, when i hear foam i think of a spray or what not. But im guessing the foam you are talking about is in sheets. Ill check it all out, due to the way the console is being built i need my veneers before i can really try out the vinyl and it doesnt come until the 29th. Maybe ill to some testing with some scrap vinyl to hone some skills. Thanks for all the help!!

    oh yea, ill probably go with a thinner foam, i want the console to appear more ridged than plush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figfry View Post
    Wow, yall are awesome, thanks for all this info, ill prolly pick up the foam stuff, i like the sound of it. You said i can get it at joanns as well? Ill check out all of those links you posted. Im a little confused about the foam though, when i hear foam i think of a spray or what not. But im guessing the foam you are talking about is in sheets. Ill check it all out, due to the way the console is being built i need my veneers before i can really try out the vinyl and it doesnt come until the 29th. Maybe ill to some testing with some scrap vinyl to hone some skills. Thanks for all the help!!

    oh yea, ill probably go with a thinner foam, i want the console to appear more ridged than plush.
    yes, its foam sheeting..... take your time with the console, I know I rushed mine and it was costly since I had mine done by someone. In the end I hated my design and now its scrapped. One thing I did get from it though is how to upholster it. Im hoping to do this 100% myself (although most of the time I fail then take it to some1 else). RDHOLTZ, by the way, Im still adding things to mine and finalilizing the design, thats the reason I havent called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    RDHOLTZ, by the way, Im still adding things to mine and finalilizing the design, thats the reason I havent called.
    No sweat. I'l be back down to Florida in January for a bit, then back up here in Atlanta for another stretch. We'll find time; we can work some magic then . . . and maybe I can help you with upholstery ideas.

    figfry, I like the way you've laid out the console; that'll look very good in there, and good application of the vinyl will make it look like OEM.
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    Great job!

    You can check out some of my pics here:
    http://www.savoiagraphics.com/Mustang/index.htm

    Note: I have not updated the pics. for a while now so a lot of it is out dated.

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    65coupei6!!! Thats awesome! Amazing job! Did you use vinyl? What padding did you use, and most importantly how did you cover the concave angles so well?? like where the arm rest goes down into the main console, did you stretch the material to get it to cover? The convex corners are easy but im still struggling on the concave. Beautiful work man, Beautiful car.

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