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Old 02-25-2002, 07:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I have no idea. I saw some posts about a fabric at Jo-Anne's fabrics, but I'm not sure what to ask for. If I ask for "blackout" fabric, I'm sure those 60yr ladies will look at me like I'm crazy.
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If your trying to make window coverings that block all the light, you can ask for blackout drapery lining. They'll know what you'll mean.

If your looking for a material for masking, etc. black velvet is about the best.

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I too am looking for masking material. I read a lot about Felt, Velvet, and Duvetyne, all get good "reviews". Which is most durable and easiest to clean? Best for visual appearance? Let's assume all absorb the light. Felt is cheapest, then Duvetyne, then Velvet. Not sure if I've ever seen Duvetyne, what texture is it? Velvet just seems too "Elvis" for me (and wife).
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Duvetyne is often used in real theaters* for curtains. I hope that gives you something to picture.


* Yes the ones with real live actors.

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Old 02-27-2002, 03:15 PM
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Is it all opaque? I see 8, 13, and 16 oz. fabric, going with the cheapest is seldom the best. So it's like velvet? ...that's what I remember about "real" theaters. I had heard it was more like denim (which I would think would be more durable than Velvet). Do fabric stores carry Duvetyne?
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Natural wool fibers are by far, the most light absorptive. have you ever seen a reflective sheep? I rest my case. 50,000,000 sheep can't be wrong.

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I've never seen a Felt, Velvet or Duvetyne sheep.... which material is wool?
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Has anyone ever applied black velvet or something similar to their ceiling vs. flat black paint? I've seen some posts recently about the reflectivity of even true flat black paint, so I'm debating doing something like GoM 701 black fabric on the ceiling (any mounting suggestions?!?) or maybe even velvet, etc. The screen wall, normal walls, soffit, etc. will be GoM 701 black fabric, with a different GoM color for the columns to act as a highlight. The ceiling part is the great unknown...I have about 10' x 23' to cover, excluding a big hole for a big old G90. Help!

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