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10 04, 2012

ADC Curtain Track, Part 1: Series 113 Specifine

By |April 10th, 2012|Education, Products|1 Comment

Looking for an economical lightweight curtain track system for use in a non-theatrical application, such as a classroom, boardroom, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, nightclub, or restaurant? Specifine Series 113 curtain track may be just what you need.

Constructed from 16 gauge extruded aluminum, this manually-operated box-shaped track channel offers a choice of either walk-along or cord-pulled operation and can be recessed, surface-mounted, or suspended from the ceiling. In the case of a cord-pulled operation, the cord is completely concealed within the track channel, helping to eliminate unsightly sagging lines.

Specifine track is available as either one-way draw or bi-parting. Model 113A, as a walk-along track, has a maximum length of 40′, with a maximum curtain weight of 4 pounds per foot of track. Models 113 and 113B, which are the rope-operated models, each have a maximum length of 20′. The primary difference between these two models is that Model 113 supports a maximum curtain weight of 4 pounds per foot of track, while Model 113B will support a slightly heavier curtain, allowing a curtain weight of up to 8 pounds per foot of track.

We recommend utilizing a light to medium weight fabric when choosing a custom drape for use with Specifine track. Depending on the style you prefer, you might choose a specialty sheer or satin or a traditional napped fabric such as 13oz Apollo Velour or 16oz Commando Cloth.

Specifine is generally used for straight applications, but Model 113A can also be used in a curved application through the use of available curved sections ranging for 45 degrees to 90 degrees or through custom factory curving.

Specifine track is not available with a motorized option. We recommend Moto-Trac Series 160 for a motorized straight track comparable to Specifine.


6 04, 2012

The Flexibility of LED Stardrops

By |April 6th, 2012|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We here at Rent What? Inc. love helping our clients create the beautiful scenery for their events that they always dreamed of. Recently we had one of our favorite clients, Lasertech Productions, use several of our rental Stardrop LED Drapes to make a gorgeous backdrop of stars for a event they had in Las Vegas for a very special client. Since we offer sizes ranging from 30’ x 7’ to 30’ x 15’ (and these types of drapes can be “rotated” to have either dimension be the width or height), this offers our clients a lot of flexibility with how they can hang our drapes, and enables them to create the exact look they are going for.

Photo Courtesy of Linda and Michael Werner, Lasertech Productions

By easily connecting our rental Stardrop LED Drapes to one another with the attached velcro tabs along each side, and utilizing the DMX controller that comes with each drape, these clients were able to make a seamless wall of twinkly lights to create the magical illusion of a starry night. It was exactly what the client had envisioned, and we could not have been more thrilled for them!

4 04, 2012

Choosing Fabric for a Painters Backdrop

By |April 4th, 2012|Education, Fabrics, Flame Retardancy, Products|0 Comments

Recently I posted about the difference between canvas and muslin, and in that post, I mentioned painters backdrops and promised a future post on the subject. 

There can be confusion as to whether to choose flame retardant or non-flame retardant heavy weight theatrical muslin for a painters backdrop.   The fact is, when paint is added to the surface of a flame retardant fabric, the fabric becomes non-flame retardant.  Therefore, steps must be taking to make a painted backdrop flame retardant.

First, prior to painting, a special flame retardant additive should be added to the paint.  A FR paint additive will not change the color or opacity of the paint, and it will help ensure that the face of the theatrical backdrop is flame retardant.  Second, after the face of the backdrop is painted and the paint has dried, the back of the backdrop should be sprayed with a topical flame retardant chemical designed for natural fibers.

Since painting a backdrop nullifies the flame retardancy, you would think that you should always choose a non-flame retardant muslin for a painters backdrop.  Non-flame retardant muslin is more affordable than flame retardant muslin, so why spend the extra money for flame retardant muslin when you will have to retreat it anyway?

The reason to consider utilizing flame retardant muslin for a painters backdrop is related to the issue of shrinkage.  As theatrical muslin is composed of cotton fibers, it is prone to shrinkage.  When a water-based flame retardant is applied at the mill, the fabric then becomes “sized” (pre-shrunken).  Therefore, once the FR muslin is sewn into a backdrop at the desired finished size (height and width), and then paint and additional flame retardant is applied to the surface, there is very little (or no) additional shrinkage of the material.  The painted backdrop will end up at approximately the same size as the sewn but unpainted backdrop.

For experienced scenic painters who plan to utilize a paint frame, a non flame retardant muslin works fine.  The tension of the paint frame helps prevent shrinkage.  For less experienced scenic painters and/or those who will not be using a paint frame, we recommend purchasing a painters backdrop manufactured using flame retardant muslin.  This way, shrinkage will not be a significant concern.