Flock is precision cut lengths of nylon fibres. When applied by electrostatic means an attractive seamless fabric-like coating is created which can cover almost any surface including Aluminium, glass, plastics, wood and rubber.
Almost any surface or object can be given a flock finish. The item or area has to be coated with a glue. The flock fibre is then charged emlectrostaticaly which causes the individual fibres to penetrate “end on” into the adhesive. This creates a high density pile effect of up to 150,000 fibres per sq. inch, which gives a perfect flock velvet finish.
The process of flocking is simple and easy. First a suitable adhesive is applied to the surface to be flocked. The flock is then applied, penetrating the surface of the adhesive to create the desired velvet finish.
Electrostatic flock applicators charge the flock particles which are then attracted to the grounded surface that is to be flocked. Unlike puffer or blown application methods which merely sprinkle a flock layer onto the surface, electrostatic application ensures that the fibres all end up standing at right angles to the surface resulting in a velvet finish.
Electrostatic flocking is used extensibly in the automotive industry for coating window rubbers, glove boxes, coin boxes, door cards, consoles, and dashboards. Rally cars usually have their dashes flocked to reduce reflections and to provide an as new finished to a modified dash
Flocking interior surfaces provides many advantages including:
• Reduced water condensation
• Thermal Insulation
• Noise Reduction
• Masking unattractive substrates
• Non reflective surface: Anti glare for dashboards
• Easy to clean
• Durable and long-lasting