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Hot Rods Interior, what kina glue?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mike Colemire, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. Mike Colemire
    Joined: May 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,391

    Mike Colemire

    Going to try and do as much of the interior as I can in my 51 dodge bus coupe. What is the best interior glue to use that works? I've heard of brush on glue but haven't got any experience with it. I don't sew, may have to learn, but I thought I would glue everything I can. Also, if anyone knows where I can get a black head liner reasonable I'd appreciate that. I've got all the rods that go to it.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,556


    For interiors you can't beat 3M brand Trim Adhesive in aerosol cans. Its convenient and holds well if used properly.
  3. Barsteel
    Joined: Oct 15, 2008
    Posts: 726

    from Monroe, CT

    DAP Contact Cement. Available in Home Despot in the paint section. Used it to do a headliner on a '52 Plymouth. Worked like a charm.

  4. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,402


    Me too on the 3M. Just follow the directions, and that stuff will stick like you would not believe. I made myself some door panels and a few other things about 10 years ago for my car and they never did come unglued The matter how hot it got outside or how cold.
  5. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    I would pass on the 3m if you are ever going to be in extreme heat areas like here in Phoenix. Years ago I glued up the head liner for Plymouth, three times, only to find it lovingly draped across the top of my dash and seats three times when the weather went over 110. 3m's only response to this was "move somewhere cooler, why do you want to be in 110 degree heat anyway?".
    It's DAP for me these days exclusively...
  6. skipstitch
    Joined: Oct 7, 2001
    Posts: 1,177


    Use the DAP linked above.... You can find it in 1 gallon cans on E-bay. Gonna cost a bit, but will last forever. You can brush it or spray it thru a cheap spray gun.

    Stay away from the 3m. It does not like heat.
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  7. They had a high of 12 degrees today. Call them on Monday and explain it by telling them what it was at Sky Harbor ;)
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  8. fordor41
    Joined: Jul 2, 2008
    Posts: 946


    I talked to 3M, before I did my '41, about their trim adhesive and was told not to use it on a headliner
  9. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,861

    from Phoenix,AZ

  10. wheeler.t
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 282


    I'm an upholsterer and landau top adhesive is what I use for everything. I don't know a supplier other than upholstery places. 3M sucked whenever I've used it
  11. sdsmith33
    Joined: Jan 26, 2008
    Posts: 53

    from kansas

    We only use DAP now. We tried all of 3m's stuff even the high heat $20 a can stuff it all failed before we finished the project and it was only early spring so in the 80's. If you use the DAP make sure you stick your piece where you want it because it is stuck. We get ours in the 5 gallon can from our local lumber yard. He doesn't carry it in the store but his supplier can get it so there is no shipping or hazmat charge.

    D Smith
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  12. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,402


    I did not use 3M on my headliner but the "super" adhesive never let go on my car with plenty of 100-110 days over the years.
  13. Plus one on the air gun, did that when we did my car. Is handy of you have a fair bit to do. Much easier than painting it on and cheaper than aerosol cans..
  14. If your doing it yourself and don't have access a professional glue pot/spray gun the 3M or a product similar works well provided you follow the directions and spray both surfaces to create a bond that will last. HRP
  15. 29moonshine
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,319


    i get the glue from my local trim shop $20 a gal and use a cheap hr gun with a 02 tip
  16. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,624

    from Strum, wi

    I have only used the 3m brand a couple of times, and it worked well. I was introduced to it by a interior shop here in my little town. He warned me only spray it where you want it.
  17. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    I totally agree, you need to check the heat specs on glue as some won't stay stuck when temps get high like you guys see
  18. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 381

    Donut Dave

    My trim guy said if it come in a spray can it will not hold!!!!
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  19. I agree on the 3M it just does not stick or last very well. I will be trying DAP.
  20. I tried all the aerosol glues and they all suck except it sticks to your fingers well
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  21. I have been upholstering for the last 50 years,,,There are not many places that a spray glue is needed...I only use the 8001 3M
    in a tube...where needed...
  22. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,215

    51 mercules

    3M. If you buy it in the gallon can with cheap Harbor Freight spray gun.

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