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McCobb planner group help

- 29 Oct 2017 -
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Howdy from Austin, Texas!! So... I just picked up a planner group sideboard/credenza with the "grass cloth" sliding doors. Some of the edges and bottom half of the material is peeling away. I'm sure this is seen a lot of time. In my case, none of the material is torn/ripped or missing. It's actually in decent shape but is curving as it's slowly peeling away. Anyone have any Experience with this issue? I think I could carefully glue it back down as long as I achieve it evenly but it makes me nervous. What specialized glue would work best? As I'm not sure of the exact material it is... Also, is there any company that has a product that replicates the material if I wanted to just replace them? Thanks as always guys!!


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- 29 Oct 2017

Pictures are worth thousands of words!

- 29 Oct 2017

Much better!

I'd try to stick it back down. The concern is compatibility between the new and residue of the old adhesive. You can do spot tests with a cotton swab starting with water to see if the residue dissolves. If It does, either a vegetable starch paste or even Elmer's school glue are safe to try (apply thin very thin coat to both surfaces and weight or clamp until dry - do front side of panel first and backside after)

If the old residue does not dissolve in water, it gets a bit trickier...

- 29 Oct 2017

You can buy grasscloth wallpaper if you want to replace the covering completely but a lot of it is more coarse than what's on there. The fiber is from the pandanus genus of tropical plants and the woven fabric is often called "pandan cloth".

Kravet textiles has a pandan cloth but it's a poly-cotton blend, not actual pandan fibers.

I'd try to restore what's on there before replacing it, though. Is it brittle? You may need to dampen it first to ensure that it doesn't crack when you flatten it out. And if you go that route, apply water very sparingly and give it time to work before you flatten the cloth (like a day or two with each dampening), AND it's probably best to dampen the whole surface so that you don't get water marks.

Figure out your clamping set-up ahead of time. And lay some wax paper (grocery store item) between the pandan and your clamping board so that any glue that seeps onto the pandan will not also stick to the board.

That's what I'd do, anyway. Someone else may have a better idea!

- 31 Oct 2017

Thanks again guys! :) Spanky, i find myself stunned in the knowledge you possess in that head of yours! Truly awesome. I'll give it the 'ol college try and see how it comes out!

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