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JUNE 2019 THE SHOP 37 The class then addressed upholstery pro- cesses. Schmitt and Torres covered in-depth vinyl and suede inlay techniques, vinyl embossing and technical vinyl wrapping. Attendees saw firsthand finishing tech- niques that elevated their interior fabrica- tion and finishing skills. Many demonstra- tions were presented to give key insight for successful trim panel construction that makes upholstery easier to complete, including surface preparation for leather or vinyl and different glue types. Also included was a comprehensive over- view of OEM-grade leather, vinyl and fabric selections, as well as time-saving upholstery Most importantly, the guys taking the course were super-pumped to not only learn from master fabricators, but to apply that knowledge as soon as they returned to their respective shops. We can appreciate a learning experience that helps expedite quality work to help your bottom line—especially one that brings together great hot rods and the newest high-tech electronics. BRETT SOLOMON is a freelance writer based in New York City, specializing in the mobile electronics market. Fabricators today are often asked to work with classic interior designs while incorporating new audio systems and electronics. Subwoofer enclosures can help hide tech components that would otherwise distract from an interior's aesthetics. tools. One important lesson was to not skimp on the glue and use a quality product that will last, especially considering it may be used for a black interior in a hot climate. Schmitt touted he had installations from more than 10 years ago that were exposed to the sun, but the glue is still holding up like it was fresh from the installation bay. When all was said and done, the students were able to conceptualize a design and make it so they could actually build it. They also learned how to seam different materials together such as vinyl, suede and carpet. Upgrade Enhance Muscle Car & Classic Truck Interiors With Classic Dash Panels n Over 100 applications with analog gauges n Three dozen applications for digital panels n Matte black, brushed aluminum, carbon fiber n Available in complete packages or panel only EASY INSTALLATION Bolt-in replacements for OEM panels can easily be installed using common tools. TOLL FREE: 866-882-3525 TOLL FREE: 866-882-3525 COMPLETE PACKAGES 1967-69 Dodge Dart 1973-83 Chevy Truck 2010-15 Camaro 1967-68 Camaro 1967-68 Camaro 1973-79 Ford Truck aNaLOg dIgITaL NEW!

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