The process of applying fine fiber particles to an adhesive coated surface, making the area resemble velvet or suede. It is not difficult to flock a wood surface to give it a designer look. Some special supplies and techniques are required for the best result so follow the instructions below to apply flocking to a wood surface within your home.
You will need:
• Adhesive in same color as flocking (epoxy or any acrylic or oil base paint will suffice)
• Shellac, polyurethane, or lacquer
• Cardboard flocking tube
• Painter’s tape
Step 1: Purchase an adhesive that is the same color as your flocking. This ensures that if you have imperfect coverage of the wood surface, it will not be noticeable. You want to have plenty of flocking covering the glue but there is always a chance of missing a spot.
Step 2: Use the shellac, polyurethane, or lacquer to seal the surface that you will be flocking.
Step 3: With the painter’s tape, tape off any surrounding areas that will not be flocked. If working on a piece of furniture or another portable item, cover the work area with newspaper.
Step 4: Select an adhesive with the desired characteristics of the flocked product, such as washable, solvent resistant, or flame retardant. Apply the adhesive with an appropriate sized paintbrush. Cover the entire area being flocked. Use the paintbrush to remove any spots of excess adhesive.
Step 5: Spoon or pour the flocking into the flocking tube. The top of the tube has a metal cap containing several holes. Push on the bottom section of the tube to remove air from the container.
Step 6: Turn the flocking tube upside down, pointing it toward the adhesive surface. Pump the bottom of the tube to shoot the flocking onto the adhesive. Apply an even amount of flocking to the entire surface and then apply some more to ensure adequate coverage.
Step 7: Empty the contents of the flocking tube into the container of flocking. Let the flocking sit on the wood item for 10 hours so it can cure.
Step 8: Pour the excess flocking from the wood item into the flocking container. Carefully fold the newspaper into a funnel and pour the excess flocking into the container of flocking.
Note: To prevent different colors of flocking from mixing when working on different projects, use a different tube for each color of flocking.