Our plastic spatula is on piece of plastic material. It has the same shape as the metal spatula with a quarter circle designed for inserting the fabric easily in a wall upholstery track.
This hand tool works like a metal spatula. Hold it the same way. A back and forth movement gets the fabric into the tracks. Continue until the fabric has disappear completely. Therefore, you should consider acquiring them both.
When do I need a plastic spatula?
Remember it is not at the beginning of an installation that you will be using it. Start fitting the fabric with an Ergo spatula. After the fabric is in correct and final position and the cloth is cut down to about ½” to ⅜”. Only then, this tool is used along ceilings or delicate moldings. Some wall finishes, framings are fragile like gold leaves or imitation. Lacquer paint and faux finishes too. We need to exercise prudence in such environment.
We made a video presenting all tools including this one. Watch the cutting and fitting of tracks, then the fabric tucked with spatulas.
Made from white plastic, our spatula does not leave any markings on the frames or any flat surface.
With this in mind, all wall upholstery tools presented at Cleanedgesystem.com have a different purpose. Each one of them will accomplish a particular task during a fabric installation. We recommend a plastic spatula for tucking in remains of fabrics. Use it when moldings have delicate finishes.
See another interesting spatula, the bay leaf for working in narrow spaces. It is a handy little tool too.