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I am delving into Tuck and Roll interior and was thinking about using thread for piping. Would elmers be a good glue for that ? I need something that won't show on the thread when dry.

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Soak the thread in white glue, such as Elmer's. Apply to the desired area...if you smudge a little, clean up with windex after the glue dries.

I'd suggest a clear coat afterwards...Elmer's on a painted surface is not a very strong glue bond.

I used black thread to install the fender welting (front and rear) on this '40 Ford convert.

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3 hours ago, BigTallDad said:

Soak the thread in white glue, such as Elmer's. Apply to the desired area...if you smudge a little, clean up with windex after the glue dries.

I'd suggest a clear coat afterwards...Elmer's on a painted surface is not a very strong glue bond.

I used black thread to install the fender welting (front and rear) on this '40 Ford convert.

Very helpful. I have just the place for that...:D

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I don't mean for this to hi-jack Ray's comment, but Elmer's will dry with a gloss sheen, so you will likely want to cover it with some kind of clear coat to even out the paint and the glue.

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What is your tuck n roll made out of? I have redone three seats now with .015 plastic rod onto plastic seats. Might be easier to manage than thread.

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On 2/22/2018 at 12:46 PM, ScottH454 said:

What is your tuck n roll made out of? I have redone three seats now with .015 plastic rod onto plastic seats. Might be easier to manage than thread.

I am making sections with .010 sheet styrene and .080 half round for the back seat. Glueing on .080 half round on the front seat. And making sections with sheet styrene and .060 for the dash and the rear deck. I want the piping to go around the edges of the front seat and at the top of the rear seat. I thought about using rod but I want it black and if I paint it black the paint will most likely rub off when I bend it around the corners and attach it.int1.jpg.d2113f343d68d3268ecd233055164567.jpgint2.jpg.ecdfd1468eafa5b06d6bb1c62319b247.jpg 

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Ok, so you are trying to avoid painting after it is on the seats? A black marker would give a thinner coat that should let you bend it, but the glue you use might not like it. You could still mask off the piping afterward then paint it black with a marker. From the photos you shared you won't be happy with thread, it won't be smooth enough even after soaking in glue. At the least try the glue on some threads to see how it dries on some scrap plastic will you wait for some .015 plastic rod. The seats I am doing are all the same color so I was just painting them complete with a thin coat of paint. Inserting some photos of the latest seat. The outside was .015 rod an the inside seams is 0.10. I used Tamiya extra thin to glue it down in sections, it softens the rod to help it bend. It did break a couple times an that meant pulling it off to avoid a noticeable seam.

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Your right I am trying not to have to paint it after it is put on. I do use the Tamyia to soften it, that's how I bent the half round on the front seat. I will make a trip to michaels and see if I can find anything that might be an alternative to thread. 

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Well as an update I found some leather cording at Michaels. It was a bit larger (1 mm) than I had in mind but for this  it will work.20180226_112358.jpg.3053de837970815ee3f1c08b2b195398.jpg

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