Just wondering if people could recommend any specific type of glue to use when covering a 2-speeder “biscuit barrel” fuel tank with Leatherette?
I had thought I’d use a contact adhesive (like evostick) – but I’m thinking I’d be very lucky to get it glued without wrinkles etc on first contact.
Any tips / advice gratefully received.
It’s a few years since I did one, but I would suggest NOT using a fast ‘grab’ type contact adhesive. A PVA type will be much easier to use, giving you plenty of time to adjust the fit and smooth out any wrinkles before it sets.
I thought the material was cut to size and then stitched vertically to form a cylinder. This is then stretched over the tank and held in place top and bottom by the aluminium strips ( available from Mike Field ) ?? No glue required !
That depends on what material you use. Some, like the old ‘leatherette’ or ‘rexine’ aren’t stretchy enough to do without adhesive, whereas the more modern imitation leather, like ‘Naugahyde’ (spelling ?), is very stretchy, and ideal for the job.
Thanks for the replies.
I have looked at the material I have and indeed it is quite stretchy. Given this I will try the stitch and stretch method in the first instance.
I once used the Rexine material on a 2 Speeder tank. It went on very well. However it did not like petrol being spilt onto it as it expanded and wrinkled. This was before the days of unleaded petrol. I would advise testing a piece of your covering to determine its resistance to modern fuels.
Around 20 years ago John Hartshorne gave me a big roll of what I believe was Rexine, and it had come from Tom Ward. Enough for dozens of tanks, but when I checked it, it was all stuck together and couldn’t be unrolled, so very sadly it had to go in the bin. There was also what he said was Tom’s last tin of cylinder enamel, obviously very old, so I casually remarked that “I bet it has gone solid after all these years”. John grabbed a screwdriver and started to lever the lid off, when there was quite a loud bang, and a red explosion ! John, his bench, shed window and ceiling, were covered in it, and it looked like the aftermath of a chainsaw massacre. Fortunately I was standing behind John and missed all but a couple of spots on my face. His wife Elsie, and my wife, another Elsie, came running to investigate the bang and all the bad language, and all the blood red paint gave them quite a fright. Happy days !
At least you got to see the correct colour first hand! 😆
Midland Railway Red. It is no coincidence that Tom Ward’s place was just down the road from the Midland Railway workshops… 😉 Tom used to work for Alfred Scott, and when he left his service AAS wrote him a letter of reference for a future employer. I have that reference somewhere and must find it, perhaps to go into Yowl.