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    Upholstering with vinyl?

    Hi guys,

    I'd like to upholster my monitor pod with vinyl to make it similar to my dashboard. I made the pod out of fiberglass, here's my plan for coating it:

    1. I'll spray the pod and 1/2" dense foam with 3M #77.
    2. Wait a few minutes (as per another thread)
    3. Put them together.
    4. Do the same with the top of the foam and the vinyl.
    5. Use a heat gun to help stretch the vinyl around corners and curves.

    Does this sound right? Will the 1/2" foam work?

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    Ive never really seen it done so I got no help for ya, but I do have a question. How well does vinyl cope withy corners and curves? just using the heat gun and stretching will that be able to prevent bunching on corners n such, most importantly in the inside radius of curver.

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    I'd like an answer to that too, if anyone who has done this knows....

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    what is the purpose of the foam? that is the only part of your setup I don't get. I've wrapped a couple things in vinyl, and your best bet is to spend a little more money and get vinyl that is marketed for car audio applications because you know it is going to stretch nice. use spray adhesive, and just work your way around the pod stretching the vinyl the best you can. heating it really helps, just don't go too crazy with it. like I said, i dont really understand why you are using that foam- you're gonna have tons of problems with stretching the vinyl evenly over the foam unless its like 1/16" thick or even less. If you're worried about getting the vinyl to look smooth, i'd be more worried about getting that foam to lay well. i know at craft stores they sell those colored sheets of hard foam, is that what you mean? maybe i'm just confused...

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    i've wrapped a few dashboards with vinyl, it takes a few minutes to get used to, but wraps well with a heat gun. I have seen vinyl with foam already attached (to give it a more plush feel), you may want to look for that.

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    I'm using the foam to get the plush feel, and it's just 1/2" thick.

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    i would like to see the vinyl with foam already on it. I have been wanting to do my dash and having that would make it look great!
    Randell Kelly

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    can somebody post some pics of material we are talking about here, please?

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    all I can say is you better have a keg laying around...
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    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Use 3M#90, this is the best spray glue. You can also use contact cement, found at any home improvement store. You will have to fasten the edges well, either using staples of super glue especially if you heat it up and stretch it. Once vinyl is in place, make slices with a razor blade at the edge of the material, stopping just short of the edge. You might have to overlap these "fingers" or small flaps to eliminate wrinkles, then staple in place. Before you wrap it, Make sure the surface of the piece you are covering is as smooth as possible. The vinyl will expose any pits or bumps on the surface.

    Pics of vinyl:
    http://www.selectproducts.com/product/fabric.htm

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