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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 07-25-2013 10:26 PM 1031 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JustJoe

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07-25-2013 10:26 PM

I’m restoring a couple of old machinist chests that originally had a leatherette covering on them. Leatherette is also known as oilcloth so I ordered a couple of yards. It showed up today and was WAY too shiny.
Last week I had to go to tucson so I stopped in the Tandy store there to look for some tacks. While I was there I saw some black lambskin that really looked close, but it too was very shiny. The clerks said there was no way to remove the shine.
Guitar cases come in the right color/sheen, but the texture isn’t the same.

Regular leather is way too thick.

So I need a source for black leatherette, the non-shiny kind. There are two types of oilcloth – a thick paper with a cloth backing and a polyester with cotton backing. Both are treated to be water-resistant. I need either one, but not shiny.
Or I need a source for black oilcloth without the protective coating.
Or I need a way to remove the shine without destroying lambskin. That’s a last resort too since it would take about $50 worth of lambskin vs $10 oilcloth.

If I could find the covering they use for guitar cases, if it’s thin enough then it would do as a last resort too although the texture really isn’t right.

Any help would be appreciated.
thanks

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 02:30 AM

If you are neer a company that fabricates automobile interiors like door panels etc. They’ll posibilily have some for you or can give you a source. I got some red thin leaterette from European Imports in 1969 to reupholster an Austin-Healy from a place in CA.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 01:20 PM

A trip to the upholstery shop would have to wait until next time I drive up to Tucson. There’s a crappy lttle building just 4 miles away in that speed-trap they call Huachuca City. It’s got a sign that says upholstery, but he’s had the same boat and rusted out cars sitting out front for a few years now so I don’t think he’s actually in the upholstery business anymore. It’s either a front for a meth lab, or just another wildcat car dump (one main road in the own and at least 6 car dumps).

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