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    I’m about to start work on a new project with two new fabrics with which I have never worked. The first material is Transnet, which seems like scrim with no ribs. The second is Mesh70, which is a plastic-y kind of screen. Has anyone worked with these specifically or the Mesh30 Rose Brand has? We’ll be testing and I will update with any discoveries, but having some tips or “oh my gosh, don’t do this” things would be great.

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    Some things I learned about these materials.

    Transnet is very much like scrim. The lack of ribs made for a really smooth brush stroke, although I mostly sprayed them.

    The Mesh70. Oh boy. The beautiful thing is how flat it lays by itself. If I stapled it down on one side and tried to scootch it out with my feet, the staples would pull out instantly. I ended up just tacking the corners and it was very well behaved, no sizing needed. These were the plain rectangular pieces. I also had some portals and those were a totally different beast. The material was primed with tinted tough prime, thinned very little, and then it was applied with chip brush. Thinned paint will slide off if it is not primed. This fabric can eat brushes. To keep the holes from filling, I did mostly dry brushy things, and I’m very glad I started with chip brushes. I would start with a brand new 4″ at 8am and it would look like a graining brush by 5pm. Having the longer bristles was important though, and going through 6 or 7 new chip brushes wasn’t bad. Once it was primed, my paint seemed to stick, and it took a final overspray beautifully. I was able to test on the front and back of my sample pieces. There seemed to be no distinction. This cannot be scrim picked effectively. There is no give to this material. Otherwise, it was a pretty no nonsense job. If anyone goes to see Ray Lamontagne’s summer tour (designed by Valerie Light), the three screens are layers of these materials, and the final product is really neat.

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