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Yesterday, I was at a Michael's store, looking for flocking. After unsuccessfully searching, I asked an employee, who referred to their computer and informed me that they didn't carry it. So, I looked in the scrapbooking, stamping and card making area, and found something called "embossing powder". I was looking for black flocking, so, I neglected to look to see if there were other colors. When i got home, I tested the embossing powder over flat black paint. I am pleased with the result! I think it looks very nice as the short pile that carpets many cars. What do you guys think? Am I all wet, on this?

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Hey Dan. That stuff does work well. Guys here have been using it for quite awhile. You can search and find a topic about it.

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Hey Dan. That stuff does work well. Guys here have been using it for quite awhile. You can search and find a topic about it.

Awesome! Thanks! Now I know I'm not entirely nuts--at least by myself!

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I recently got some of that stuff and used it with superglue to make a no-paint, "invisible" filler on black plastic. It worked great! I shot pictures but haven't had the time to write up a tutorial yet.

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I've used embossing powder on a couple of interiors already and like the results. And yes it has been around for a few years now.

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It's definitely not "new".

I've been using it for quite some time, as have a lot of other guys.

But I agree, it looks a whole lot better than flocking!

 

Steve

 

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You can paint it what ever color you want.  I just buy black white and beige and paint for exact color I want.

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You can paint it what ever color you want.  I just buy black white and beige and paint for exact color I want.

Or you can buy a set that contains nearly every color you will ever need.

The colors can be mixed to some extent & the set I have is metallic giving you the nice "salt & pepper" affect found in a lot of older cars.

 

Steve

 

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Go to the Michael's website and sign up for their newsletters. They have 40% off coupons every week like HL. 

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I have used the embossing powder for a few years I bought the white and paint it what ever color I need, 1 jar goes a long way too

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Out of curiosity... since I've missed out somewhere on this and flocking... how does one go about using this?

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On 11/6/2017 at 6:50 PM, KWT said:

Out of curiosity... since I've missed out somewhere on this and flocking... how does one go about using this?

 

Paint the floor area ( or what ever you want 'carpeted ' with a like color paint ( some use clear elmers glue )

While the paint is still quite wet , sprinkle the embossing powder on it. Once dry turn the tub over and shake to remove any excess.,,,, viola , carpet.

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I have used fuzzy fur and other flocking material. But I can never get it to completely stick to the adhesive I am using. (Paint or elmers) I usually get about 1/2 maybe a little more to stick. What could I be doing wrong?

I do agree that the embossing powder looks great I need to hit up the micheals next time I am over in Cheyenne.

 

Tim

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Wow that looks just as good as flocking Nice ! I will have to find some and give it a try thank for the heads up.

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I use this stuff all the time, they have some different colors also. Works well if you use a similar color paint underneath as the adhesive.

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I've found that you can paint over it too (airbrush), if you find that the embossing powder appears too "crystal like". I did this on my '59 Impala build as I wanted the carpet to have a bit richer red look than the embossing powder was providing.

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Thanks Bill! Question: Can I use enamel on the floor for a slower drying time if I already painted the whole interior bucket ('64 Caddy) with Tamiya lacquer?

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I love that this also helps to make the pin marks go away. They always put them in the corners where I can't get in to sand them out, and if you do, you loose the carpet detail.

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Just looks like a big mess to me.I don't know,my skills aren't that good I guess.I just buy the stick on fabric sheets from AC Moore,or any craft store.They work fine if you ask me.Yes,they only have a few colors,but most of my carpets in my builds are usually black anyway.

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2 hours ago, NYLIBUD said:

Just looks like a big mess to me.I don't know,my skills aren't that good I guess.I just buy the stick on fabric sheets from AC Moore,or any craft store.They work fine if you ask me.Yes,they only have a few colors,but most of my carpets in my builds are usually black anyway.

You would be very surprised on how simple & economical embossing powder is to apply.

Basically no skills required whatsoever.

Especially if you're doing a modern "platform style" interior.

If you can operate a paint brush & run a salt shaker, you can apply embossing powder. :)

It's one of the easiest aspects of building in my opinion.

I can flock a carpet in a matter of about 10 minutes if it's not an older "tub style" interior that requires some masking.

But then those interiors usually require masking for painting anyway, so it's a moot point.

 

Steve

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Another vote for embossing powder.  As everybody says, it's dead easy: paint (or white glue) on the floor, shake the embossing powder onto the wet surface, then turn the interior upside down and knock off the excess.  If you have thin/bald spots, just carefully re-apply a little more powder

The (bad!) photo below shows that "Recollections" embossing powder on the interior of a Maisto die-cast '55 Buick California Highway Patrol car.  I had to work around the accelerator pedal, which is molded in place.

Here's a Bonus Tip in that photo: the quarter-panel upholstery was made with HO-scale corrugated metal. (Armrests/ash trays are made from Evergreen rod and the window cranks are from the parts stash.) I did a little more wash/dry-brush on the seats after the photo was taken.  I wanted the seats to look sort of used and grubby, it's a cop car.   

I could have made the back seat area even grubbier. While the 1955 CHP didn't usually transport prisoners in the back seat, they sometimes carried DUI arrests to the local lock-up.  But a Technicolor Yawn might have been a little TOO much realism...

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