Flock consists of small natural or synthetic fibres that are cut at random or precise lengths. You can apply flock to almost anything to give the item a soft, velvety surface. Flocking is used in everything from clothing to toys. This decorative process insulates and reduces water condensation. The length and density of the flock you apply determines how soft your dash will be. For automobiles, polyester cut flock is the most commonly used type.
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Things you need
- Flocking gun
- Dust mask
- Polyester cut flock
- Air compressor (optional)
Remove the dash from the car or tape paper over any part of the front interior of the car that you don't want to flock. This includes the windows, controls and steering wheel.
Clean the dash. Remove all dirt, dust and oil from the dash. Wipe the dash with a damp rag to remove any cleaner. Allow the dash to dry completely.
Sand the surface of the dash to roughen it. Choose low-grit sandpaper, such as a 50- or 100-grit, so the dash is rough when you rub your hand over it.
Fill the flocking gun half full with flock and set it aside.
Paint on the adhesive. The adhesive should be wet, but not dripping wet. Use a rag and wipe off any adhesive that gets on areas you don't want flocked.
Spray on the flock. Hold the sprayer at a 45- to 90-degree angle about 8 to 10 inches from the dashboard. Cover all of the areas you want flocked. Apply a lot more flock than you think you may need. Overcoat the flock, because the extra does not stick to the dash and can be reused later.
Let the fibres dry for 10 to 15 hours. Add a heat lamp to speed up the drying process, but keep the lamp at least 18 inches away from the dash. The flock does not dry completely for up to one week.
Shake or lightly brush the excess fibres off after 10 to 15 hours. You can use an air compressor to blow them off the dash, but not during the first 48 hours. Vacuum the dash after one week.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the flock gun at the same angle to make sure your flock is from the same angle, or move the angle around if you want the flock to appear as if it was applied from every angle. Wear a dust mask when you are applying the flocking.
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