If you have questions, we have answers. See some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Q: What’s the difference between rayon and nylon fibers?
A: Rayon fibers are:
- .75mm (1/32”) in length.
- Made from wood pulp.
- Available in 23 colors.
- Softer and show signs of handling that can be brushed out.
- Meant for indoor use and screen printing.
Nylon fibers are:
- 1mm (1.25/32”) in length.
- Petroleum based.
- Available in 17 colors.
- Soft and don’t show fingerprints.
- Water resistant, fade resistant, and more durable.
- Meant for indoor, outdoor, and automotive use.
Q: What’s the difference between Suede-Tex and Soft Flock?
A: Suede-Tex and Soft Flock are the same rayon fibers but packaged differently. (Suede-Tex is also available in nylon fibers. Soft Flock is only available in rayon.) Soft Flock is meant for crafters doing smaller projects like miniatures, models, holiday greeting cards, and decorations, and is packaged in smaller packages. Suede-Tex does a better job of creating a smooth, even finish on larger surfaces.
Q: What’s the difference between Suede-Tex and Soft Flock Adhesives?
A: Suede-Tex adhesive is solvent-based and is colored to complement the fibers. Soft Flock adhesive is water-based and dries clear. Use acrylic paint to make the surface a complementary color before applying the adhesive and fibers. Soft Flock adhesive is acid-free and safe for archival use.
Q: What’s the difference between Suede-Tex and Soft Flock Applicators?
A: The Soft Flock Squeeze Bottle Applicator is a squeeze bottle that is great for small areas. The Soft Flock fibers can also be applied with the Mini Flocker Fiber Applicator, which broadcasts a wider spray, covering a larger area.
Suede-Tex can also be applied with the Mini Flocker or the Air-Assisted Spray Applicator for larger projects. The applicator is designed to be used with an air compressor at 15 to 18 pounds psi and allows for an even coating of fibers with just the squeeze of a trigger. Extra canisters are also available when working with multiple colors or on a large project.
Q: What kind of equipment is needed to spray the adhesive?
A: Regular paint spray equipment can be used to spray the Suede-Tex adhesive. HVLP is recommended. The adhesive may need to be thinned with no more than 1 tablespoon of mineral spirits per pint of adhesive. A 2mm tip opening is suggested.
Q: How do I prepare the surface? Why do I need to seal it?
A: You only need to seal your project if it is porous. This prevents the surface from soaking up the adhesive before the fibers have a chance to anchor. You can use any type of sealant, but make sure it has completely sealed the surface, especially on routed wood with an open grain. If the surface is very smooth or slick, rough it slightly so that it grabs the adhesive.
Q: Can the Mini Flocker kit be shipped overseas?
A: Unfortunately, no. Due to the solvents in the Suede-Tex adhesive, it can only be shipped within the United States and Canada. Since the Suede-Tex adhesive is a part of the Mini Flocker kit, the kit cannot be shipped overseas. The fibers and applicators can be purchased separately and shipped anywhere in the world.
Q: Are custom fibers available?
A: Yes! Specific fiber cuts, lengths, and widths can be customized for your needs up to 6mm (1/4”). Special colors can also be matched from sample swatches or Pantone numbers. We can fulfill orders as little as one pound up to several hundred pounds. Special orders can take up to 4-6 weeks to produce (one pound minimum) with an additional fee. Please contact us directly to inquire about a custom fiber order.
Learn more about our specialty flock fibers.
Q: Do you have distributors outside of the United States?
A: Yes! See our full list of distributors here.