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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 137 (115)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 137
Page 137

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 137

formed to the desired shape, are placed in an oven where the laminate is cured.

Aircraft parts have provided the most spectacular applications of Fiberglasplastic combinations, but they are also widely used for the fabrication of tools, dies and jigs, and for panel boards on which electrical control instruments are mounted. Designers and engineers are experimenting with the material for such products as passenger car and truck body parts, furniture, toilet assemblies, and additional articles where attainment of light weight combined with high strength and ease of fabrication is the goal.

Coated Fiberglas Fabrics

The Fiberglas fabrics coated with synthetic rubbers and resins which were developed for war uses have high tear strength, withstand repeated flexing, are resistant to destruction by fungi, and have high dimensional stability. Other properties vary with the coating employed, but coated Fiberglas fabrics are being produced which are dame-proof and have high resistance to moisture penetration and to the effects of contact with gasoline, oil, chemicals, and greases.

Present uses include battery covers, oil pressure switch diaphragms, tape for expansion joints of hot air ducts, protective clothing for workers, and protective carrying cases for precision instruments.

Performance of the material in this last application has created a potential

IN DECORATIVE FABRICS, Fiberglas will find one of its most important markets In recent years, the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation has been furnishing more and more of this material to places of public gathering. At the left, such fabrics odd glamour and fire-resistance to the Iceland Restaurant on New



demand for it in applications where leather or organic fabric construction has been used, such as durable, lightweight luggage. Use of coated Fiberglas fabrics is also being considered for such applications as tarpaulins, wading pools for children, and tents and shelters of all kinds exposed to weathering and consequent attack by fungi.

Fiberglas Decorative Fabrics

Ever since Fiberglas fabrics were first produced, it has been recognized that they possess properties which make them of great potential value as decorative materials. The fact that they will not burn, for instance, makes them particularly suitable for use in places of public assembly-theatres, night clubs, hotels and schoolsewhere the presence of fiammable fabrics constitutes a serious fire hazard.

It is true that flammable fabrics can be fiame-proofed, but the dame-proofing is impermanent. If the fabrics are to remain fire-safe, they must be re-treated at regular intervals. This can involve a very considerable, recurring expenditure. It has been stated that the cost of flameproofing fabrics in the New York City public schools is more than $300,000 a year.

The fact that Fiberglas fabrics will not shrink or stretch, that moths cannot eat them, and that they resist the attack of mildew or other fungi, makes them potentially suitable for wider use.

Until recently the chief obstacle to the

wide use of Fiberglas decorative fabrics has been the lack of any satisfactory method of dyeing them or printing designs upbn them.

This obstacle has now been overcome. Methods of dyeing and printing the fabrics with resin-bonded pigment dyes have been developed, and, as a result, Fiberglas decorative fabrics are now available in a rather wide range of solid colors and printed designs. The fabrics have excellent fastness to light. They can be dry cleaned provided due care is taken in handling them. Superficial dirt can be wiped off with a damp cloth.

At the present time, Fiberglas decorative fabrics are being sold principally for use as draperies or in other applications where they are not subjected to repeated rubbing. In such applications the slight crocking of the dye, or the abrasion of the glass fibers, that may occur if the fabrics are repeatedly rubbed, is not a serious consideration.

The extent to which Fiberglas decorative fabrics will be used for other than these applications is still somewhat uncertain. Serious consideration is being given to their use for shower curtains. Although uncoated Fiberglas fabrics are not now suited for upholstery applications, dame-proof, resin-coated Fiberglas fabrics, now available in a number of colors, may prove adaptable for use as furniture covering. The incombustibility of the fabric would be an asset for indoor furniture.

Combinations of glass fibers with other fibers-rayon, linen, cotton or silk

York's Broadway. Wallcoverings are of green Fiberglas, with the draperies in white and plum. Such ideas might find utility around theatres snack bars. Hotels, too, use Fiberglas, as is shown at the right, taken in the cocktail lounge of a New York hostelry. This type at drapery material has many theatre applications.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 137