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Technical Upholstery question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 41 C28, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
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    41 C28

    A (dumb) upholstery question. What is the proper name of the cardboard material used for interior panels? Thanks
  2. 28TUDOR
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 419


    Chip board I think?
  3. Guy used PVC panels instead of cardboard on my car. Said it wouldnt warp like the cardboard.

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  4. 51 mercules
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    51 mercules

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  6. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    The black cardboardy stuff in large sheets is car panelboard. The thin stuff in small sheets is furniture panelboard. You want the black waterproof .10" thick kind for car door panels. Don't forget to put plastic between the door and door panel or the damp will warp it.
  7. I've used both. By far the best is the poly Sheets. They never warp.
  8. 58custom
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 398


    Who sells poly sheets?
  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,149

    Atwater Mike

    Sid Chavers uses Luan plywood, illustrated on his tapes.
    My mother in law, Joyce watched the door panel tape, (she's an A-1 upholsterer and seamstress) Joyce said she learned 3 new methods right off the bat!
    I was impressed with Sid's method of clear plastic for a pattern. Set it up, look right through it for the attaching holes, mark with a Sharpie...
    The Luan ply works excellent, it holds its 'flatness', but if necessary can be wetted and shaped with water and a heat gun. Permanent. Glue to it, staple to it.
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  10. Any upholstery shop worth its weight in salt will sell the poly sheets.
  11. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,794

    from Mesa, Az

    Great info here, thanks.
  12. spooler41
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,103


    The trade name on the Polly sheeting
    is " Centra", 1/8" works well for interior
    backing. It's also waterproof and heat

    .......... Jack
  13. plywude
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
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    Member Emeritus
    from manteca ca

    X 2 on the water proof board all upholstery supply houses will have itpplt
  14. BigDrag
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 297

    from Milwaukee

  15. I uses 1/8 " ABS plastic panel board, it can be sanded, drilled, cut with a sharp knife and bent with a heat gun and is not affected by moisture.
    I think it was the perfect answer for upholstery backing.
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,449


    I used PCV Sheets for the door panels in my convertible. I love it never warp, water won't affect it.

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