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 case modification
Author: John Morton 
Date:   2019-05-27 19:55

I need to know some basics of case construction, specifically the adhesive used to bond fabric (e.g. plush, velvet or velveteen) to rigid or semi-rigid foam. The object is to create shaped foam blocks covered with suitable fabric, and then glue them in place in the case interior.

The spray adhesives sold by foam shops are tricky to use for this purpose. Once I coat the back side of a fabric piece it becomes very delicate to handle as I transfer it to wrap a shaped foam block. A dab of glue on the front side is fatal. It seems you only get once chance to make the attachment, so I rehearse the process before committing. But after a number of projects I'm still getting a lot of duds!

Any hints on technique and supplies?

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 Re: case modification
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2019-05-27 23:25

I used PVA glue as that doesn't attack polystyrene like contact adhesive does.


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 Re: case modification
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2019-05-28 03:25

I use a hot glue gun for any case structure and pva for attaching lining material. I find the spray adhesives produces fumes that sometimes turn plating odd colours.

Tony F.

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 Re: case modification
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2019-05-28 23:07

And with hot glue, you can also melt and apply it with a hot knife or spatula should you want to.


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 Re: case modification
Author: John Morton 
Date:   2019-05-29 20:54

Thanks, hot glue is the answer, and it's clearly what was originally used at the factory. I'm glad to learn the virtues of this stuff, it's perfect for this application.

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