Originally Posted by lovingdvd
I looked into Luan but it was much heavier than I wanted (even though it is relatively very light). I made the panels using a very ridged foam board. I sprayed the foam board with 3M 77 and placed the velvet on the panels, wrapping the velvet around the edges and stapling it on the back side. I then used tiny brats with a nail gun to fasten to the ceiling. I came out PERFECT - absolutely beautiful and exactly as designed.
But the challenge is that the velvet has a backing which is very vinyl/plastic-y/shiny and does not adhere well (with hindsight) to the foam board. So what's happened is that over the course of a few weeks the velvet is pulling away from the board. It still is hanging ok because it is stapled in the back and cannot pull off. And its only droops by about 1".
As the rest of the glue comes off and all the drooping is uniform I think it may look ok and I'll leave it at that. But it does bother me that I planned the project so percisely and it came out exactly like I wanted, only to have the glue fail (after assurance from 3M tech support that it would work fine before I got started).
If I redo the panels, the trick will be finding a different type of glue that will hold. There do not seem to be any other options with this design other than glue, because I do not want to see any tacks or staples on the velvet (even if painted) because they will stick out like a sore thumb when light reflects off of there.
I understand about the material more now, as it has a slippery backing. I was thinking it was like the stuff I have seen with a woven backing, which would stick fairly well. Did you see the stuff in the other thread on this topic that was posted referring to adhesive backed velvet? Here is a link
to the site that sells it. Put in 88015K33 in the search engine. I bet it would work for you. I am thinking about trying it on my door, since I could get it to conform to the panels pretty well if I am careful, I think.
I am personally going to go the route of acoustically transparent black cloth as I am planning to install diffusors on my ceiling to help with the acoustics. I know it will be less than absolute black, but will be very good, and will allow optimization of both audio and
video. My room is going to be called the Ironside Cinema after the old warships in the Civil War. I am doing the CAD and conceptual 3-D modeling right now for it, and intend it to be a fantasy interpretation of the inside of the battle ship. The screen will be sort of a viewing window, like the bridge of the Enterprise or the ship from 20k Leagues Under the Sea. I will also probably need to use FabricTrak or something similar to have the fabric conform to some of the complex shapes I foresee. I am starting the project as soon as I get the drawings finished, so hopefully this month!