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Flock coating of interior car surfaces is an older activity that is bringing profit to paint departments. A flocked surface has somewhat the appearance of suede, velvet, or plush, depending upon the method of application. The flock material is available in different colors including gold, light green, torquoise, beige, brown, gray, and others. It is made of wool, rayon, or cotton ; and is cut to the length of one millimeter to obtain a velvet or plush effect, and to varied lengths to give a suede-like finish.

The fundamental of flocking can be likened roughly to throwing a handful of lint into a sheet of fly paper. The stuff would really stick. Of course that would be a silly thing to do, but it illustrates what the flock operation consists of.

First there 's the application of the adhesive to the surface that is to be refinished. Then there is the application of the flock to the adhesive. In a matter of anywhere from 4 to 8 hours the adhesive has dried, and any loose flock can be blown off, leaving a surface that is extremely attractive and quite durable.

Naturally in the refinishing of automobiles there will be quite a number of owners who would appreciate a nice clean new-looking glove compartment, or who would like to have the shabby old trunk finished on the interior so that it would present a really attractive appearance.

One surprisingly attractive use of flock is on headliners that are soiled. If there are any holes in the headliner, repairs should be made first. Then the entire headliner should be sprayed with the adhesive, and the flock blown onto the adhesive.

Two types of guns are used for applying the coating of flock. An ordinary spray gun can be used for applying the adhesive. A special flock gun, however, must be used forapplying the cut fibers. The manufacturers of spray painting equipment manufacture flock guns.

Some car owners may like to have flock applied to their door panels, but it is questionable whether this is a service which should be regularly sold. The appearance will be very attractive, but at the present time flock has not developed to the point where it is sufficiently durable to be recommended for surfaces where considerable wear or scuffing is likely to take place.

Different adhesives are produced for different types of surface. That is, a porous surface such as the fabric of a headliner will require one type of adhesive, while the adhesive that is sprayed onto the inner surface of a metal trunk lid will have different characteristics.

The adhesives, guns, and flock itself can be obtained through any large automotive jobber. In purchasing adhesive it is well to check on the rate of drying. Two qualities are important. First, it is essential that the adhesive dry slowly enough so that time will be available for applying the flock before the adhesive has started to set. Then when the flock has been applied to the adhesive, it is important that the adhesive harden in a reasonable length of time.

Most adhesives at normal room temperatures will become too hard for the application of flock after about 12 minutes. These same adhesives will be thoroughly hard in anywhere from 4 to 8 hours so that the surplus flock can be blown or brushed away.

Obviously any adhesive that begins to harden in less than 12 minutes would make it somewhat difficult to complete the job without having "bald spots" appear as a result of the fibers failing to adhere. On the other hand, if adhesive is used that is too slow in drying, a job can hardly be completed in a working day, and this, quite naturally, is a serious disadvantage.

All things considered, it is well to check over the available flocking supplies with any large automotive jobber and see what is necessary in order to get going on this relatively new and highly profitable refinishing service.