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Topic: Refurbishing my illusions
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Oct 20, 2017 08:04PM)
Hey folks, does anybody know the type of material they use to cover bases with? I believe it is adhesive on one side and a tough black material on the other. Thank you in advance!
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Oct 20, 2017 08:05PM)
I believe it is contact paper, but want to be sure.
Message: Posted by: David_N (Oct 21, 2017 03:54AM)
The material you are thinking of is what we call 'leathercloth' over here in the UK but what I believe you call 'Naugahyde'. It is a synthetic version of leather with a cloth back which comes in a wide variety of colours and textures and is available from most good material shops. It is not self adhesive however and so you will need to find a suitable glue. Although 3M Spray 90 is widely used I personally like good old fashioned PVA as it has no fumes, is water based, and will not react with the plastic in your material. I have re-covered a few illusions this way with great success.

Rand Woodbury's DVD on Steps and Bases details how to build and cover a base using this method.
Message: Posted by: DavidThomas (Oct 21, 2017 06:26AM)
Hi ..you might consider using LINEX to spray your bases...this looks great and is industructable
Message: Posted by: john wills (Oct 21, 2017 07:37AM)
On top I always use leatherette.
The underside I cover with Magic Duro Suede.
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Oct 21, 2017 10:01AM)
I would go to a professional upholstery company in your area and get the best looking 'Naugahyde' you can find. You don't want the kind with the white backing..
just looks like fake leather of sorts.. You will contact cement it on to your base.. Paint the wood on the base and the back side of the material with the glue.. Once it gets tacky.. Mesh them together.

Deco Swade is the black fabric that you can put below the bases.. Or Killer Z.
http://www.lowpricefabric.com/ This company sells the DECO Swade. Call them if you want to order it.. I hate the stretchy Deco Swade.. request a non stretchy version of it.. You can spray glue it on to your props.

I hope that this helps you.
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Oct 27, 2017 07:32PM)
Great help!!! Thank you everyone!
Message: Posted by: chmara (Oct 28, 2017 01:02AM)
The leatherette without adhesive is set by a mastic glue. I get it at our local auto upholstery supplier. The problem with contact paper is that a working and traveling performer will have to patch it every other stop. There is a thinner grade used as covering on old suitcase jewelry cases but it can abrade pretty badly if not careful. This stuff takes curves well - unlike thin solid plastic pieces whiich work better foir steo bases instead of what I consider the more devious curves.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Oct 31, 2017 06:10AM)
I thought I would remind members of Dick Gustafson's book "Professional Illusion Building". It has been available for a number of years, but in it, it enlightens builders of modern materials that can be used today, that were not invented when the older illusions were built.