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Old 22-04-2014, 01:42   #16
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Re: Headlining replacement

Aye JimLad, I have heard from a UK contact that DIY's like big B&Q's have it. it comes in a 4'x8' sheet, Its embedded in epoxy, so it can be sawen. They locals all over Asia use it for everything, as you can see, of course its very cheap here!!£6 ea.

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Old 22-04-2014, 05:52   #17
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Re: Headlining replacement

we're liking the bamboo. We're way tropical here, too. we have to import whatever we use, with a 46% import duty. The costs of the plastic run up very quickly.

We can probably get bamboo just south of us in the Dominican Republic.

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Old 23-04-2014, 04:25   #18
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Re: Headlining replacement

Possible word of warning here folks:
Just been emailed by the company that will supply my new headlining Vinyl
a good company - Home page. and whilst they don't have experience of using 'Foamex' or similar (and probably want me to buy ply as well!) they have written that as the PVC board probably contains a plasticiser element (which I guess it will) then normal contact adhesives would fail after a relatively short time.

MMM - Any comments or ideas on a contact adhesive that would stand up??
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Re: Headlining replacement

Hmm. I don't know about that. But what I do know is that Sintra expanded PVC sheeting has been used in the sign industry as a substrate for vinyl graphics for close to twenty years and that I have never seen vinyl lettering fall off.

Of course, the vinyl graphics use a different adhesive than contact cement, not sure why it would matter.

The specific intended use for Sintra is to have stuff stuck to it, basically because it is uniform in color, you can cut and drill without having to paint the edges making it a time saver. You've probably seen it walking down High Street in front of the shops but never knew it.

It's not super stiff, but it is reasonably hard and dense. Usually when it get used in big sizes there is a frame to support it. I think for a curved/arched headliner it should be fine. Maybe do a test with your intended contact cement but I personally wouldn't worry so much.

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