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What is flocking?

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Flocking is a process where a fibre, primarily nylon, is embedded into an adhesive. Modern techniques used commonly today are via an electrostatic process, where the fibres are charged and flow towards an earthed adhesive, penetrating end up creating a velvet effect. The glues used vary dependent upon application but most are epoxy resins which can withstand up to 120°. This allows a hard wearing and heat resistive coating.

The nylon fibres come in a range of length, thickness and colour. The thickness changes the abrasive resistance. The thinner flocks are suitable for items where a softer feel is requires, the thicker ones for underfoot applications. Length is dependent on finish required. Shorter flocks won't flatten down as easily as a longer one. Most nylon flocks are resistant to heat up to 220°

Flocking is carried out most easily on non porous objects such as plastic, metal, wood, rubber, fibreglass and carbon fibre.. It's main uses are to provide an anti glare surface, decoration, sound insulation, stop condensation, heat insulation and easy clean amongst others. Its uses are not limited to the automotive industry, but are commonly used in interior design. Dashboards, archliners, chairs, tables, clothes, greeting cards, its's all possible.

Due to the nature of adhesion, flock applied via an electrostatic process outlast the blown application process, where fibres primarily rest upon the glue surface.