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I am looking for some sheet material that will bend around a 6 inch radius curve without cracking and can be glued to a curved surface on the inside.
Ideally this material would come in large sheets of at least 60 inches width or more, be relatively low cost, would have a nice finish on one side OR be capable of being painted or coated with thin fiberglass to make it smooth.
It would also be nice if it was light weight and thin, maybe 1 to 3 mm thick.
I keep thinking of something like Wilson Art material (too expensive?) or some kind of plastic but I'll bet there are other ideas I am not aware of.
Thanks for your input!
 

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I suppose a lot depends on the application. For things like archways in a home you can get 1/4" drywall, use thicker drywall and slit the back, etc. Depending on the type of material you need; i.e. what it is expected to do or endure, some make take their new form readily, others may want to return to their natural 'flat' state, which impacts on attachment method.
 

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Thanks for the ideas! Keep em coming. FRP panels might work if they can bend at a 6 inch radius. The ones at Lowes are too textured. I need smooth. The Columbia bendable plywood is a possibility but I have not found a price for it yet. Will keep looking. I think drywall is too fragile. This material will be subject to motion in transport and use. Needs to be somewhat "rash" resistant.
 

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>You can get PVC Type 1 Sheets .060 X 24" X 96" for around $26.00

That price is in the ballpark and PVC is bendable, but a bit heavy at .060 thickness.
I wonder if they have some thinner? Where did you see this?

I did buy a roll of 20 inch wide PVC flashing at Lowes years ago that is very flexible and is .020 thick. But I do need something a bit wider than 24 inches, maybe around 36" minimum.
 

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You might be able to find a wallpaper that would do the trick. Some of it is even peel and stick, if that helps. Should be able to find wood-look and many other patterns.

They say you can sometimes buy wallpaper in 42" wide rolls, but not sure how common such a wide roll would be.
 

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Thanks for the ideas! Keep em coming. FRP panels might work if they can bend at a 6 inch radius. The ones at Lowes are too textured. I need smooth. The Columbia bendable plywood is a possibility but I have not found a price for it yet. Will keep looking. I think drywall is too fragile. This material will be subject to motion in transport and use. Needs to be somewhat "rash" resistant.
Ayuh,..... I haven't tried to bend it that tight, so I can't say, for sure,.....
But I believe it will,....

'n All of the FRP I've seen is textured on 1 side, 'n perfectly smooth on the other,.....
 
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