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« on: June 05, 2014 06:56:13 AM »

My friend has a train case from Target that she would like to redo.  The inside feels like a cheap baby blanket & the outside is lavender shiny vinyl (I think) with lime green trim and handle.  We have the inside figured out as I was able to remove the cardboard to recover it (or size whatever we use), but we can't figure out how to redo the outside.  It seems like paint would all chip off since it is slick feeling.  We had thought about paper, but what glue would last? 


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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014 08:56:43 AM »

Is it vinyl glued onto a stiffer plastic?  Or just the vinyl - is it stiff or flexible?  Can it be roughed by sanding or something to give a bit more tooth - that would help an adhesive to stick better.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014 12:28:53 PM »

I don't think I can remove the vinyl.  I think roughing it up would work, but not sure how long it would take or how long it would last...
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014 03:20:36 PM »

You could try something like a 2 part epoxy resin adhesive - you can get them at the hardware store, and there are different formulations depending on how quick you want it to dry.  They can be quite strong hold, and it was recommended for me to use by a Swarovski rep to glue crystals onto smooth surfaces.  It may work for the vinyl too, depending on what you want to glue to it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014 06:23:30 PM »

HMMM...I was thinking spray paint (aren't there ones for plastic that might work??)....although I think the person who is wanting to do this would love the idea of covering it entirely in crystals (she's 14, lol)!!
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how about covering it with fabric?  You could get something with enough color and bling to satisfy even a 14 year old.  It will hold up better than paper, too.

Try to find a thicker fabric, and probably a synthetic (glue tends to bleed through thin cotton fabrics, and they get dirty and wear out faster than synthetics).  Read glue bottles to find the right stuff; a spray adhesive might work well.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2014 02:24:24 PM »

^the fabric idea is where I would go. Sounds like a cool project!
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2014 04:22:10 AM »

Or sheets or strips of adhesive...they do have permanent adhesive sheets.  Then there is no worry of bleed.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2014 10:40:53 AM »

We got some Marta Stewart "All surfaces" paint -- it says it works on glass & metal, so I think it should be okay for a cheap train case, lol...she started painting it last weekend, but hasn't been back to finish yet...
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