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Applying Flocking

Applying flocking is a straight forward procedure. However, many people have asked me about the exact procedure I carry out. So when the time came to flock the Civic EK9 interior, I decided to document the whole procedure. There are basically 2 main methods to apply flocking and the main difference is the type of glue used: some prefer using paint, others white PVA glue! In the beginning, I tried the paint method and while the flocking adhered perfectly to the paint, I found that this was affecting the actual colour of the flocking. So I began using the white PVA glue method, and these are all the steps I follow!

These are all the tools and materials I use: white PVA glue, a medium sized flat brush, a container (to mix the glue with some water) and a strainer. I use the one above (thanks to Tom!) which is actually a tea strainer, but works great for our purpose.

It’s also important to use a dust mask. I use a disposable mask, like the one above. The flocking is made up of super tiny little pieces which will go everywhere once you start tapping on the back side, including your nostrils! A dust mask will prevent this!

For the Civic, I needed to flock the parcel shelf in charcoal grey and the floor in red. So first thing I did was to airbrush the shelf in dark grey and the floor in red. This is done so that the colour of the base does not interfere with the actual colour of the flocking. The white glue turns transparent once completely dried, so if for example red flocking is applied on a black base, the final result would be a darker red once the glue has fully dried. For dark flocking, a simple dark base colour would be great.

Next step is to mix the glue with a small amount of water in the container. I don’t have a particular ratio for this mixture. I just pour some glue inside the container, then add several drops of water until I notice that the glue have become a little thinner.

Once happy with the mixture, I start applying the glue to the area using a flat brush. Be careful to apply the glue neatly in the exact places that are needed to be flocked. When doing parcel shelves, it’s very important to flock the whole area in one go, to avoid any uneven lines on the flocking. Joining flocking sections on flat surfaces may cause an ugly uneven finish.

Then, I fill the strainer with the flocking material as seen above. You can go ahead and apply flocking without a strainer, but sometimes the flocking material gets clogged up inside the bag and this may cause an uneven finish in the end. With the strainer, you’ll be sure to lay down an even layer of flocking since only the smallest pieces are dropping onto the glue.

I then close the strainer and start shaking it right above the white glue, causing all the tiny pieces of the flocking material to drop evenly on the area, as can be seen above. From this step onwards, the face mask begins to get useful, believe me!!

The next step I perform is to press the flocking down into the glue very gently with my finger (or with a flat brush if the area is not easily reached by hand, like certain interior floors). This will make the flocking adhere completely to the fresh white glue.

Next comes the messy part! This is where you turn your object upside down and very lightly tap on the opposite side using a big brush, as seen above. This will cause all the extra flocking to fall off. Do this on your cutting mat, and don't forget that mask!

After a few light taps on the back side, turn it over once again and admire your newly flocked parcel shelf, as seen above!

At this point, it’s very important not to touch the flocking. For any reason whatsoever, don’t touch it! The glue is still fresh and any movement of the flocking particles will result in a disaster! So if there's a piece of dirt inside the flocking, or there is a part that needs re-flocking (very rarely), first leave the glue to fully harden. This means leaving it alone for a couple hours! At this stage, don't start doing the other colour. Particles from the new colour may fall onto the shelf and attach to the still fresh glue!

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During this drying period, I take the opportunity to clean all the extra flocking material that dropped while tapping. For this, I take a big, home improvement flat brush and gather all the flocking particles at one end of the cutting mat. Then, I insert an A4 sheet paper underneath the mat and brush the flocking onto it. Finally, I fold the paper in half and slowly drop this extra material back into the original bag. Once again, a dust mask is a BIG must here! Believe me, flocking will fly everywhere!

Once the glue was fully dry, I turned my attention to begin flocking the interior floor. Same procedure as before follows here, only difference is the colour of the flocking material!

For the interior floor, I decided to divide it into 3 parts. Both floor pans separately, and then the tunnel in the middle. This can be done in such way since the 3 parts are not at the same level so the area where the flocking will meet will not be visibly uneven. You can see that underneath the back seat, a considerable amount of glue have gathered there. This happened when I rested the interior tub on the cutting mat for the picture. Avoid dropping the flocking on big amounts of glue as this will cause an uneven finish.

As can be seen above, I have applied red flocking through the strainer on the right hand side of the floor, turned it upside down and tapped away the extra flocking material. Then I turned it back correctly and applied glue to the left side. Same procedure as before!

For the interior floor, I decided to press the flocking inside the glue using a flat brush, not with my finger like the parcel shelf. This was done since I couldn't press the flocking well with my fingers because of the central arm rest. Procedure is the same though, very gently press the flocking in a vertical movement. Don’t move the brush horizontally or else the glue will run and ruin the flock.

Finally, the central tunnel was done in the same way and above is the final result. During the red flocking procedure, many particles went onto the parcel shelf but these didn't stick and were easily tapped off. If the parcel shelf glue wasn't fully dry, these particles would have stuck with the grey flocking and that means disaster! So always let the glue to dry before going for a different colour!

To end with, below are some other interiors which I have flocked using the same procedure described above.

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Related Video

While doing the interior flocking of the Lexus LFA build, I also filmed the whole procedure and put it together into a video tutorial. Watch this from the player below

And that’s my whole procedure! Really hope you find it interesting and that it will help you out with your next flocking job! If you have any questions, feel free to sign the guestbook or ask on the jdm24scale facebook page.


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