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#1 b_lever1


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:13 PM

Looking for a source of scale carpet for a custom van anyone have any ideas

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:41 PM

l have seen the lowrider carpet in packs on ebay but it is for models....l think it's Hopin Hydros. l hope thats right...

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 08:46 PM

Check the dollhouse section at your hpbby shop or hobby lobby. There is a prodcut that is basically felt on a sticky backing that you trim and apply like a sticker. There is also flocking, but most of the time too out of scale. There is textured paint, which when done right can look great. You can also use embosing powder, which again can be used in several different ways. 

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:59 AM

You say "Custom Van"?  If you are building a 70's-style custom van, customizers liked to use some pretty outrageous shag carpeting, which was quite popular in houses back then (remember shag carpet with nap so long that you used a "carpet rake" or carpet comb to raise the loops up to get the full effect?  For that style carpet, you might look at cheaper terry cloth towels or washcloths (or go to a fabric store and check out their terry cloth selection).  Terry cloth was a material we teenagers used for carpets in customs we were building back in the early 60's, and it can have a very nice effect.


Another fabric that might work is velvet.  Of course, velvet has a good bit of "sheen" to it, but with an airbrush and LIGHTLY airbrushing some flat finish paint on it after it's glued down in place should give it the flat finish appearance that scale deep pile carpet should have.


I'd check a good fabric store, such as Jo-Ann Fabrics if you have one in a reasonable driving distance, looking for fabrics with a "pile" texture to their surface--often times fabric stores will have remnants on sale (remnants are the leftovers from bolts of cloth that are too small for making a piece of clothing, but may still be useful--they tend to sell remnants at a fraction of the price per yard off a full bolt.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:19 AM

If you want the shag look, go with flocking. If you want a factory looking carpet, go with embossing powder or baking soda.