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What adhesive to apply velcro fabric to walls

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Sues, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Sues

    Sues Grumbler in Training

    Hello all, we are redoing our walls from peg boards to vecro walls. We are having contractors apply glue to the peg boards but the glue is not holding and the velcro is releasing from the walls. What is the solution to our problem? Thanks
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  2. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    When I recovered my display boards I used a carpet-like product called "Front Runner" and used the adhesive sold by the supplier which worked a treat. It looked and smelled a bit like E.V.A. ( think "Corner Weld") and I applied it fairly with a brush, let it set to a sticky state then rolled the front runner onto it a bit like mounting a cheap poster. I rolled it down firmly with a burnishing roller and then left it to cure overnight. So far as I know it is still there.

    A very tidy idea I saw at a supplier' warehouse was a display board covered with white colourbond steel with the samples attached by strips of magnetic plastic like 'fridge magnet material.
  3. Mike Labbe

    Mike Labbe Member, Former moderator team volunteer

    Are peg boards strong enough to support the weight of the samples? Would the finished surface of the peg boards prevent the glue from having a strong bond? Will you be able to hide the fabric seams if gluing it to an existing wall, or would it be practical to glue it to new boards and then screw those over the pegboards (or to remove them first)

    We used 4x8 chip board sections, Veltex brand fabric, with an indoor/outdoor carpet glue from Home Depot, and had great results. The indoor/outdoor is stronger than their indoor only product. Details and pictures at this thread http://www.ppfacorner.com/showthread.php/4359-Best-adhesive-for-Veltex-fabric-Sample-Wall

    We also experimented with Titebond and fabric glue, in the past, but both had a weaker bond that failed. That floor glue is strong stuff, and goes into the fibers of the wood for a good hold.

    We glued the boards lightly with a trowel, on workhorses, and stretched the fabric over them tightly. Lightly being the key word, or it could soak through the veltex. We dried them under weight for 24 hours, on top of each other. The next day, we pulled the edges tight around to the back of each, stapled the fabric all around, and cut off the excess. Then screwed them to the walls, with black drywall screws that disappear into the black fabric. They were butted up against each other tightly, to hide the seams. It was a fairly painless way to do the project, and it can be easily removed if we move again in the future. (just unscrew the drywall screws and the wall beneath will be mostly untouched, just some screw holes to putty)
    • One 4 gallon bucket of Roberts 6700 floor adhesive was enough to do about a dozen 4x8 boards. ($32 at the time of this post) Source: Home Depot
    • 25 yards of Veltex fabric was enough to do ten 4x7 (trimmed) boards. $322.50 at Levitt Industrial Textile ($12.90 per yd at time of this post) Source: Levitthookandloop
    Best regards and good luck with the project!!!
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018
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  4. alacrity8

    alacrity8 CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    We did similar to mike.
    The fabric we used was available from M&M, now from Omega.
    We used the same glue.
    We attached our walls with french cleats made from 1x3's.
    After about 6.5 years, most of the walls are doing great. We probably should redo our shadowbox frame wall.

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