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There are several types of back coatings available. For best results, consult both your fabric vendor and workroom representative to discern which backing treatment, if any, is most appropriately suited to your particular project.
Acrylic Backing: Acrylic backing is used for upholstery and wall applications. The same chemical components are used for both applications the only difference is in the thickness that is applied to the fabric. When choosing acrylic backing, the benefits include greater flexibility, a natural hand, seam slippage resistance and prevention of fraying or curling. Acrylic backing can be FR treated to pass local fire codes.
Durablock: Durablock is a high performance textile technology that laminates a durable liquid barrier to a textile treated with Nano-Tex. It provides comfortable cushion protection where required, combined with optimum spill/stain prevention and cleanability.
Knit Backing: This backing is used in both upholstery and drapery applications. It gives a fabric more dimensional stability while retaining original look and hand. Knit backing also enhances fabric tear strength, which transforms a thinner fabric into a fabric appropriate for upholstery use.
Latex Backing: Latex backing stabilizes and reinforces fabrics for upholstery use. It improves handling characteristics which may aide upholsterers and fabricators during the assembly process. Fraying and seam slippage are mitigated, extending the life of an upholstered piece.
Paper Backing: Paper backing is the most commonly known backing for walls. It offers a strong barrier and requires no sealing on the face of the fabric. This is especially important when using a thinner fabric such as chintz. It also allows for a fabric to be vinylized, something that cannot be done with any acrylic backed fabric. Note that a one yard loss is to be expected with every continuous piece that is paperbacked.