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PostPosted: March 7, 2017, 11:56 am 
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I have a bunch of nice leather salvaged from a couch, and I want to use some over my aluminum dash panel. I might cover the tunnel as well. Any thoughts on the best adhesive to use?
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PostPosted: March 7, 2017, 12:06 pm 
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I don't have a specific answer, but do have an idea about where to look for one. Upholsterers bond leather and vinyl to all sorts of surfaces every day. You might locate a product in that world.

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I would think that any good general purpose contact adhesive would work. Found at the usual home improvement centers. Although, I've never bonded leather, I've not had problems in other applications using Wellwood (DAP) "Original Contact Cement"; most recently vinyl marine fabric to plywood on a boat.

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Location: BC, Canada. eh?
Contact adhesive would be my suggestion, too. The primary issue with bonding leather is that some kinds can be a bit oily, which can prevent some adhesives from gripping. Nonetheless, contact cement is usually pretty secure stuff.

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Back in my Experimental Aircraft days, I had a friend who built a Starduster biplane. Used leather (possibly vinyl) glued to thin alum. sheet for the interior. Used Contact cement. To my knowledge, never had any trouble with it.

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All of my interior coverings is held on with 3M headliner adhesive. If you coat both surfaces, you would be hard pressed to get it back off. Dave W


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The shops that do aircraft interiors use a spray on contact cement. Just let it set up for 10 minutes before mating and make sure that you have no air pockets. Works great and lasts a long time.


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Hey Doug

3M spray adheisive, Canadian Tire. Spray both sides, let it flash off, press together. Make sure you're lined up you only get once chance.
You can use card board or wax paper as a barrier to keep the 2 pieces from bonding as you line the work up. Then carefully pull the barrier back as you press the work together.

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Thanks everyone for their input. I bought a can of 3M Super Trim Adhesive, which cost a little more than 3M Trim Adhesive. In the instructions, the cheaper one is good for light headliner, and the better one is good for heavy headliner.
I'll let you know how is goes when I get there and try it.
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I didn't really have anything of value to add... But now that the serious answers are out of the way...

A buddy of mine here in town runs a repair shop for old Jags and Triumphs. He's more "mechanical" repair than "body/fender/interior" stuff, but a good client wanted some trim re-attached to his car and my buddy agreed to do it.

He had a can of this stringy, yellow goo from 3M that was used for that kind of thing, but it was old and all dried up. He noted the number on the product and went to his favorite parts house. Told the counter man he needed some "3M Adhesive, part number XYZ" and got a blank stare. "Don't know if we carry that." Buddy said he'd bought it there before and described the stuff. Counter guy says, "Ohhh, you mean Gorilla Snot! Sure, we got that!"

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"you mean Gorilla Snot" - 50 years ago, and clear on the other side of the country, that's what we called it! :ack:

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