[balloon-makers] Fabric Suppliers - Westmark?

Micki Killingsworth micki at balloonrepair.com
Wed Jun 20 17:12:37 CDT 2001


I used the Westmark 1.9 oz silicone coated fabric in my balloon (down to 
within 3 panels of the throat). Pull strength on this fabric is over 100 
lbs new. I like the fabric. There's a pilot in Austin that owns a balloon 
built of this fabric. He calls it "the tank". He says while other pilots 
are fighting to keep their balloons off the mesquite, his just slides off.

Micki

At 01:12 PM 6/20/01 , you wrote:
>    I've been shopping for fabric myself, and I'm
>curious if anyone has any experience using
>Westmark's 1.9 oz Ripstop nylon. They quoted me
>$2.90 a yd for 100 yd rolls, which is quite
>reasonable. I just dyed a sample, which came out
>very nicely. It's not quite as pretty a fabric as
>the 1.7 oz Carrington I've been using, but for the
>top row of panels and the parachute I think it
>should be fine.
>    But I'm curious if anyone has any pros or cons to
>share about it before I go build the top of
>my balloon Gloria with it.
>    By the way, she's coming along BEAUTIFULLY! I am
>getting so excited!
>
>-Jonathan Wolfe
>
>
>
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