I am going to ask this question here, because there are lots of similar
items around the house you may have had this experience with:
We recently put our motorhome in the shop for a new tranny. I guess they
left the bra unvelcroed on the front. When we got it back, the vertical
velcroes don't match up and have spaces because the big vertical panel
inbetween has shrunk. It is about four feet wide and four feet high.
What can I use to soak/wet/treat the naugahyde like material to get it back
to its original shape? I will probably have to spray it, pop the snaps back
on, and pull it into place. Maybe I can put some clamps on it with some
1x2s and bungees and lightly pull that portion. But, then, I don't want to
stretch it out too much, and have it all pooched out. Neither do I want
something that will dry out, and then pull the velcro loose again.
Anyone have experiences with this kind of stuff?
heat will stretch it. My dad used to do furniture upholstery and we had a
steamer that we used to stretch vinyl. If you have a regular car you could
just leave it in the car in the sun and let it get real hot. If not you may
see if there is an upholstery shop around or just buy your own.
This unit is very similar to the one we used
It USED to fit, but when I got the MH back from having a tranny changed,
just the corners of the thing were in contact. The vertical velcro strips
were spread apart too far to make contact. I figured that if I wet it, I
should be able to make it fit again, but then I wondered if it would just
dry up again, and pull apart.
Soooooooo, I wondered if I put some form of treatment on it, or protectorant
if that would work, and not evaporate. But then, if it stays stretched out,
it may be baggy and saggy. So, looking for ideas before I do something that
might not work, or that might screw it up.
The heat is the only thing that will work. Vinyl will streatch more
when hot. The Jiffy Steaner is the tool to use in a shop but will set
you back a couple hundred bucks. As stated before you can leave the
bra out in the hot sun and you will be able to stretch it on then.
Vinyle will shrink with age and eventually become unstretchable. The
softeners are drawn out by the UV rays of the sun.
Vinyl is plastic with softeners added. The sun draws them out and
you eventually end up with plastic. Hard and brittle.
Heat it up, stretch it on and protect it with a good vinyl product.
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