So I picked up some window film to play with last weekend –
I got what I could find, some exterior stuff by Dennis and some interior stuff from Frost King.
I see that Dennis lists their interior film as .6 mil, and their exterior stuff as 1.2 mil thicknesses. Frost King does not apparently list the thickness of their stuff, anybody know what it is?
I made a rather huge tarp out of the Dennis material. It is about 120 inches long by 105 inches wide, with one seem in the middle tapped with two runs of the supplied double sided tape. I used ordinary silver duct tape and steel washers as that is what I had on hand. I used Atwood 3/32 “tactical” cord for the tie outs ( four per side ) and ridge line.
I did not tape-hem the tarp. Probably a mistake?
I set it up in the deep snow in my yard, and my wife helped by throwing snowballs at it while I was working on it. The tarp does seem to deflect snowballs well enough.
She thinks it might do well for a night or two but is betting the tape tie outs will rip the material in short order. We will see!
Total weight ( not counting my high tech 2x4 snow stakes I set it up with ) is 12.5 ounces.
I’ll post a picture or two of the setup when I get the time.
I am curious, has anyone used the thin interior material successfully, either for ground cloths or tarps?
I reckon I might as well go ahead and make a tarp out of the interior kit I have and hang it in the yard and see how well it lasts. The stuff sure is light, but it may well prove to delicate for use as a shelter?