Cutting fender style grill cloth with soldering iron

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  1. koolaide

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    Does anyone use a soldering iron to cut fender (Oxblood) style grill cloth? Please explain your process and or tips.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
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    What is the benefit of this other than maybe the ends won’t fray?

    Just curious never heard of this
     
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    I do, i have a dedicated iron with a beveled tip, that and a metal straight edge is it.
     
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    Am I right in assuming it has to do with keeping the ends from fraying?
     
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    No, sorry I’ve never tried that before.
     
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    Oooo! I like to know too!
     
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    Can't say from experience, (yet) but that is what I understand.
     
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    Sharp scissors work great. I can see the merit of burning it though but not had issues with fraying edges with a variety of different cloths.
     
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    I just use scissors and if need be flame melt the edge just slightly with a propane stove lighter. I have an old Weller pistol gun with a flat cutting tip, but it's more trouble than it's worth cutting that way.
     
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    Yes indeed
     
  11. Bill Moore

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    I've always cut it just like tolex, with a sharp razor type knife, following a straight edge. I do always start with a new blade for each cab project.
     
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    Ahh...the smell of burning nylon in the morning! It smells like....well....a lot of trouble.
     
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    Cut the cloth larger than you need and then use a razor knife to trim the excess off after it's installed.
     
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