Quick, Cheap and Easy UV coverup for Noah's Ark

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Blog entry by jfk4032 posted 11-23-2015 12:46 PM 1484 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for the suggestions LJers last week for how to better protect my Noah’s Ark from UV light fading. I really didn’t want to cover up the piece with museum quality glass that had UV protection in it as I thought to best experience the piece, you not only have to look at it, but touch it as well. Also, the cost and time involved with that method didn’t work for me to have it ready this week.

I went to Joann’s Fabrics with the intention of just getting a fabric I could roll up and over the piece to block the sunlight. After looking around there a while at fabrics which I have absolutely no knowledge about, I asked some questions about sun blocking ability and it was recommended to try the curtain area where they sold sunblock liners. What better material to use to block the light than the material designed to do exactly that. As a bonus the material is really thin and extremely flexible so it rolls up tight and clean each time.

I carefully cut the material to size and then using turners tape, taped a 5/16” metal rod to the bottom end of the liner and unwound the upper end around the top of the piece and then backwards down underneath the mounting bracket attached to the work piece. The weight of the rod pulling down on the tape did start to come apart and look really bad. So I used some hot melt to squeeze it into that gap and that held the rod in there tight.

We’ll see over time if this works to keep the wonderful color of the various woods close to their original color. It cost less than $10.00 to make and because the rolled up diameter of the fabric is so small, the rolled up bar with liner actually fits down into the gap between the workpiece and the wall, another unexpected benefit of this method.

I also created a second loose wood guide for the piece so it can’t actually be used while looking at it…the one I permanently put on the backside isn’t practical to really use.


-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 01:04 PM

Sounds like a great solution. Let us know how the fabric holds up.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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