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10-09-2013 03:37 PM

So I had some boxes that I needed to finish the insides to. I recently saw some boxes that another guy had made that had flocking on the inside. It looked great! Nice velvet smooth thick finish. So I decided to give it a try. What a disaster! I saw a youtube video about how to do it. The guy used thinned out titebond as an adhesive. So I did the same thing. I let it dry overnight and it looked awesome, until I turned it over to shake out the excess fibers. The flocking was paper thin and had the feel of sandpaper. So I tried it again on another box, this time putting on much more glue. Flooded the box with glue. Same result.

What do you guys use as an adhesive? Everything I have read online says to use yellow or white glue. I know woodcraft sells specialty flocking glue, but I am looking for something more readily available. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 03:39 PM

I would try the glue designed for that purpose.

Otherwise, try felt lining which attaches nicely with 3m spray adhesive.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 03:41 PM

For the little flocking that I have done, I used paint of the same color as the flocking. That way any un-eveness doesn’t show.

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 03:44 PM

Did it turn out like sandpaper though? Mine feels horrible to the touch. Feels like I can rough sand some hard maple with it!

I have done the felt thing forever, but it is a pain to get into small areas.

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 03:52 PM


Where did you order your flocking from? They should have adhesive that is the same color at the flocking you are using. (works perfectly).

I usually tape off around the edges that I don’t want flocking and then brush the colored adheshive on the inside of the box. Make sure you cover all the surfaces that you want the flocking on evenly.

Apply the flocking generously and let dry over night. You should be able to turn the box upside down and tap on the bottom to get rid of most of the lose flocking.

Make sure your adhesive is thouroughly dry before you try to brush or wipe off any excess.

Naptha works great if you need to clean any adhesive up along the edges, but if you have your edges taped well, that shouldn’t be necessary.

If you do your flocking on a very clean surface ( I like to put down some brown paper on my workbench, that way I can reuse any of the excess.) Your flocking material and adhesive goes a long way and should do a number of boxes.

Good luck on your next ones and let us know how you make out.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 04:00 PM

I have used Flocking on a few of my recent projects. I did get the adhesive from the same company that produced the flocking material. I am quite pleased with the results. Looks great feels great. I dont know how it holds up but for the projects I used it on, the inside of a jewelry box, a roll top box drawer, and the inside lid of a heart box; it should not get too much abuse.
The adhesive is the key to a satisfactory result, I’m thinking.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 04:31 PM

I have installed and started up several flocking operations in automotive manufacturing operations. All the systems I installed used flock from Switzerland, and the glue was by Henkel, German owners of Permatex products.

The glue may have been proprietary, but it sure looked and smelled and acted just like contact cement.
It was heat cured in the systems I worked on, 3 minutes at ~320 degrees F. The parts we were making were the rubber channels on car doors where the windows roll up and down in.

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 05:46 PM

The only thing is, I bought like 12 different colors of flocking. Each can of the pre-colored adhesive is like 15 dollars. 200 dollars worth of adhesive!!? I was just looking for something else I could use that would still give a good finish.

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 05:51 PM

Has anyone tried 3M spray adhesive? I’ve never done flocking, just curious about it.

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 05:51 PM

I’ve heard you can use paint of the same color instead of the adhesive with similar effect. I have got the supplies but haven’t done it yet. Got a couple $2 bottles of acrylic paint in the same color as the flock material.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 06:00 PM

Yeah, I have heard about the paint thing. I might try that tonight.

Funny you mentioned 3m, I was just getting ready to try that.

Is the colored adhesive that is made for flocking thick or is it thin?

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 06:06 PM

Haven’t tried using elmers glue, but with the flocking adhesive I get pretty nice results. Sure looks like this is the source of your problem. Too bad you have many colors of flocking. Maybe you can just buy 1 or 2 colors at a time…don’t think the flocking has a shelf life. Just a thought.

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#12 posted 10-09-2013 06:09 PM

The adhesive is like a thicker paint and seems a little sticky. My opinion anyway.

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#13 posted 10-09-2013 06:15 PM

I did see a youtube video by Collin Knecht (think that’s his NAME) where he used white glue. Must be a way to make it work. Try to find that video…I think his youtube is woodworkweb

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#14 posted 10-09-2013 06:41 PM

YES! That is exactly the youtube video I watched. It worked for him-not for me.

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 06:47 PM

I know they have flocking Christmas trees, I went to Lowes and the flocking Christmas trees are already for sale.
They can’t even wait until flocking Halloween is over.

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