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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:10 pm

Trying to locate material that sticks to leather?

Hey guys/girls, had a client who wants a simple racing style "R" that will stick onto the headrest of his car. now, I've never been asked if i have anything that will stick onto leather before. may sound like a dumb question but....will a high quality cast do the job? or do i need a specialist material? maybe it can't be done and you need a leather piece to sew onto the headrest? by the sounds of it he has some sticker on their already and its starting to peel on one edge.
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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:32 pm

better off with some type of garment material - Magic Touch try them they definitely have a material that sticks to leather.

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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:38 pm

Nigel Hindley wrote:better off with some type of garment material - Magic Touch try them they definitely have a material that sticks to leather.

Nige

I think it needs pressing though.

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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:44 pm

i would just play as safe as possible, you will only get one chance to get this right or expensive cockup.

BUT, thinking hard back books and gold leaf, that is applied with heat press and gold leaf. Apart from straight forward vinyl route and considering wear and tear, then I would just do simple vinyl or 'no we cant do it'
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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:28 pm

Peter Normington wrote:
Nigel Hindley wrote:better off with some type of garment material - Magic Touch try them they definitely have a material that sticks to leather.

Nige

I think it needs pressing though.

PETER


- good point Peter!
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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:38 pm

been there, tried it, nothing works except as dave says heat press...with gold but thats old hat, used to do it for my dad in his shops years ago, anyway ive tried every screenprinting ink available with no bondable outcome....i maybe wrong though :D

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Post Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:50 pm

- maybe just covers are the answer?
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Post Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:53 am

Tried Arlon DPF 8000?

I've had that stick to nearly everything I've tried.

We call it the super sticky stuff.
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Post Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:51 pm

Siser has a transfer material that you can use for leather, we've done some guitar straps using it. You'll need to be able to fit it into a transferpress though.

Mask and paint maybe?
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Post Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:45 pm

Try Avery Signflex Curtain film, its flexible and sticks well. We did some wheel covers.. sure they where leather, had to wipe down with thinners to soften, apply and let sit for a bit and it will bite in.

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Post Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:01 pm

Hi

Instead of using a vinyl, could you cut a 'mask' in vinyl (letter removed) and paint or roll ink directly onto the headrest to achieve this?

Use a flexible ink from one of the screen-print suppliers.

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Post Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:41 am

thanks guys for getting back to me on this, its always great that i can count on fast and professional responses. I'll give my client the low down on what we can try, see what he says.
thanks again!
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Post Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:34 am

As a 'try it and see' option which would be pennies in cost (and minimal risk to the leather, I would have thought) how about banner vinyl, then heated on with your heat gun, to ensure adhesion into the creases?

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