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Quote:I took a different approach. It cost a bit more but was so easy to do. On a tip from someone around here, I bought a couple of sheets of magnetic plastic and an equal amount of pressure sensitive flocking. Cutting the plastic to size was simple and after the flocking was attached, it went in easily.
Quote:Great tip. But aren't velvet usually a bit shiny? Doesn't that imply it reflects light?
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Generally speaking, the paper-backed materials do poorly on this test. I have a piece of black velvet from JoAnn's that does quite well, called "Royalty 3 Velvet - Black". It is 14.99 a yard.
Quote:On a tip from someone around here, I bought a couple of sheets of magnetic plastic
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Quote:Can someone please explain to me why Flocking is so necessary (I'm afraid to try it) and if it IS, then why are the manufacturers not doing it that way from the factory? thanks, Clare
Quote:Quote:On a tip from someone around here, I bought a couple of sheets of magnetic plastic
Do you have the source information for this material? I've found what I think is a viable product for this, but I'd like to sanity check vs. what you used. Or, if you don't have the info for where you obtained it, do you know the thickness of it?
Wondering if it is the same/similar to this?
The idea of using a magnetic sheet, aside from the fact that it will add weight to the OTA, seems like an attractive non-permanent solution that can be more readily repaired, replaced, or removed. I'm wondering how thick the sheeting is, as that would no doubt have a significant impact on the added weight.
Quote:You'll want to be careful with the spray glue method, because apparently the velvet material tends to contract and expand somewhat, either due to moisture or temperature.See: Thread
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Quote: Protostar flockboard is the best, a little pricey but re-usable. You just curl it up and stick it inside your tube. Also makes a great replacement for kydex in the UTA of a truss scope.
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