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Fabric for panels?

Postby herecomesthemoon » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:07 pm

Anyone recommend what fabric to use on acoustic panels.

Something breathable but burlap would be too see through.

Cotton/artists canvas seems good but I can't seem to find anything on Amazon.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby Luke W » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:14 pm

Camira Cara or Lucia are the usual go-to fabrics.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby blinddrew » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:23 pm

I used Cara on the front and weedblocker on the back. :thumbup:
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby James Perrett » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:46 pm

Camira Cara from Soundproofingexpert on Ebay is what I usually use.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:53 pm

Weedblocker is certainly cheap and effective, but questions have been raised about it's fire-retardancy. If you are thinking of going down this route, and fire ratings are important in your application, it would be worth checking that material is appropriate and conforms to the relevant standards.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby herecomesthemoon » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:56 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Weedblocker is certainly cheap and effective, but questions have been raised about it's fire-retardancy. If you are thinking of going down this route, and fire ratings are important in your application, it would be worth checking that material is appropriate and conforms to the relevant standards.

What material is it made from ?

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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:00 pm

There appear to be several different types...
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby herecomesthemoon » Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:07 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:There appear to be several different types...

I shall look into it, thank you.

I have some cotton fabric but I am not sure is it a specific type that needs to be used.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:37 pm

If you want functional and cheap then you could consider decorators dust sheets, it's a bit nicer than weed blocker but you'll struggle to get a professional looking finish with it (I used it on the back of my panels). Camira Cara (or Lucia) is the business, much more expensive but easy to work with and get a really good result. If you want your panels to look professionally built then that's the stuff to use.
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Re: Fabric for panels?

Postby gullfo » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:38 pm

thin window curtains also work - most times they're fire rated/treated, come in a variety of patterns and styles, most have fairly dense weave (retaining the insulation) but as a result can increase the amount of reflections off them as well. in the US we have JoAnn Fabrics and you can pick up a pair of plain white curtains for a couple of dollars... those will cover 2-4 absorbers depending on the absorber size. most curtains in the US are around 84" H x 36" W (220cm x 90cm)
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Postby DanDan » Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:42 pm

Sheets can work nicely too. Regarding fire safety, how about putting a match to a sample of the fabric. I am told weed blocker is very ready to go.
Rather than fabric, one could use a layer of polyester fibre for containment and cosmetics. Caruso Isobond, Autex etc. are intrinsically fire retardant.
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