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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Elephone » Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:26 pm

Anyone tried using plus-sized ladies tights to keep the fibres from straying? Just an idea.
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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Elephone » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:29 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:I used dust sheets on the back if my panels and it works pretty well. As James says it doesn't look as nice as Cara though and it is not quite as easy to use for some reason.

I presume you mean cotton fibre dust sheets? But there's cotton twill, cotton calico, cotton canvas, laminated cotton, rayon, and Bolton twill.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cotton-Dust- ... 1195033497?
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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby James Perrett » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:08 pm

I used the cotton twill dust sheets as that's what they sold in Screwfix. Nowadays I'd go to Toolstation who are usually cheaper for most things (their dust sheets are roughly the same price as that Ebay listing which is £3 cheaper than Screwfix).
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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:34 pm

Elephone wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:I used dust sheets on the back if my panels and it works pretty well. As James says it doesn't look as nice as Cara though and it is not quite as easy to use for some reason.

I presume you mean cotton fibre dust sheets? But there's cotton twill, cotton calico, cotton canvas, laminated cotton, rayon, and Bolton twill.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cotton-Dust- ... 1195033497?

I used these https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-cotton-dust-sheet-l-3-67m-w-2-74-m/1650661_BQ.prd?utm_source=google_cpc&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=PX_GSC_Surfaces_+_Generic&ppc_type=shopping&ds_kids=92700029904929509&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-sjPjuXe3gIVQ7DtCh0MtQK0EAQYASABEgLsJvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Elephone » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:43 pm

Thanks. I do think nylon tights might be a good underlay as an extra precaution to prevent fibres straying (as well PVA spray), especially if the panels are in your living space, above a couch or bed.

Incidentally, to apply the PVA, should I water it down to about 1 part PVA to 5 parts water and put it in a spray bottle?

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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Mixedup » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:39 pm

Upholsterers bottoming fabric also works well enough. Ditto hessian/burlap, which can be cheap if bought in bulk on a roll.

Though with lots of these 'alternatives' to commercial acoustic cloth, you might want to check the credentials for fire safety...
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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Elephone » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:47 pm

Sorry to be totally useless... but does it have to be PVA glue to bond the fibres? I don't want to balls it up by getting the wrong consistency. Won't an aerosol carpet spray glue do the trick? Otherwise, how do I mix PVA with water? Does it need meths or alcohol to be added?

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Re: DIY Home/Studio Acoustic Treatment Tutorials

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:56 pm

PVA is water based, just dilute with water. The dilution will depend on which PVA you buy, the correct ratio is usually on the container (it’s not super critical though).
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