January 1st, 2007: Starting My Interior Designs | Tools & Prep Stuff
First things first. If you plan on doing any vinyl or leather work on your interior, you must use high-temp adhesive or everything will come loose and fall apart on you! Click on the picture to the right to order the Performance High Temp Trim Adhesive that I'm using on my interior projects.
I started out by purchasing a Stitching Awl and some Waxed Thread to try hand-stitching but that idea wound up in the trash.
The hand-stitching was way too labor intensive, looked sloppy, and the waxed thread was just too fat-looking for this kind of leather. In the end, I wound of buying an industrial sewing machine ... it was the only way to do what I wanted and to get it right.
I also purchased a Skiver ... this is a tool for shaving leather. When I wrap the radio faceplate I won't want a lot of bulk behind it, so I'll shave the leather parts that wrap around and behind the faceplate, making that area of the hide extra thin. However, after getting some experience with all this, I've found that a dremel with a die-grinder is much quicker and does a better job of it.
And I picked up a few Silver Conchos ... these have machined screws in the back for very secure mounting. I'll use one of these to go on the steering wheel to cover the spot where there was, originally, a Cadillac emblem ... I wound up using the Ivy Cross (the one on the bottom).