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Q: I consider myself to be a moderately proficient model builder, but I just can't get the hang of applying flocking for upholstery. I've been trying to use gray flock over an adhesive layer of Testor's primer, but every attempt turns out with bare spots and clumps.

With all the great modeling I see in Scale Auto, I feel like this is a petty problem, but it's driving me crazy.

- George Miller
via E-mail

Ken: Don't feel bad, George. There's no such thing as a small problem if it's preventing you from getting the results you want. Besides, that's why we're here!

It sounds like the problem is in your choice of paint. In order for flocking to adhere properly, it needs to be securely imbedded in a layer of wet paint, and primers are typically quick-drying, flat, thin paints that aren't well suited for this purpose. Gloss colors, on the other hand, are thicker and dry more slowly, which will allow you to spread an even layer of flock before the paint dries.

To get a good flock job, brush-paint or spray the interior with a glossy paint that matches the flock color you're applying. While the paint is still wet, work as quickly as possible to sift on a thick layer of flocking. Sifting the flocking first should eliminate most of the clumps and provide an even surface.

Press the flocking into the paint with your finger to ensure it's embedded. After the paint dries, brush off the loose flocking and save it for another project.

As you'll see, the "glossiness" of the paint won't show through, and your model's interior should have a nice, even surface. You may want to practice on a spare seat or interior tub, but we can almost guarantee that changing paint will solve the problem.

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