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How to glue fabric to plastic

Home crafting and decorating projects often involve gluing one surface to another. When you need to glue fabric to plastic, opt for a spray adhesive to enable you to keep the fabric smooth and the bond between the two surfaces secure. Cover a variety of plastic surfaces with fabric, including binder covers, plastic boxes and even inexpensive shelving. The transformation from dull plastic to attractive fabric surfaces is sure to impress.

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  1. Spread the newspapers onto a flat work surface in an area with ample ventilation. The adhesive spray contains potent fumes.

  2. Cut the fabric to the appropriate size for the plastic surface you want to cover.

  3. Wipe off the plastic surface with the cleaning cloth to make sure it is clean and dry.

  4. Shake the adhesive can well before you open it.

  5. Check the arrow on the nozzle and the dot on the can and align them, if necessary.

  6. Hold the adhesive between six and eight inches away from the plastic surface and spray the surface evenly with the adhesive.

  7. Allow the adhesive to set on the plastic surface for 30 seconds.

  8. Align the fabric carefully over the plastic surface, and affix it to the plastic. Smooth the fabric with your hands to make sure it affixes properly without wrinkles or air bubbles.

  9. Continue affixing the fabric to the plastic using the same method until you cover the plastic in the way you desire.

  10. Hold the adhesive spray can upside down and spray it into the box until nothing more comes out of the nozzle when you finish using it. This will keep the spray can from clogging.

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Spray adhesive
  • Plastic surface
  • Cardboard box

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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