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  • hockeyguynick
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    Originally posted by captkipp View Post
    I suffered from "blanket itch" so badly.....

    Contact a company called AVS Fabrics. I did some research on this. They make a cloth that is spun from silica. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE !

    Baby _ss smooth, no itch easy to handle, etc. etc. Stuff isn't cheap. But call the sales office. They have seconds that have marks on it and they can't sell it to the high profile refractories that use this stuff. Have a local canvas shop sew up the edges and have at it. I bought two sections of the stuff, a total of nine linear yards and it was 5 feet wide as well. I keep four blankets on the truck. I weld mostly on fancy boats.

    Guaranteed, you will NEVER go back to fiberglass. EVER. Oh and the stuff is washable, too.

    We use stuff similar to their preshrunk fabric. We weld over it, cut with a torch, carbon arc into it. It's pretty much impenetrable. I've cut a hole in it before and use it like a parka to weld overhead. And even when it frays, it doesnt bother your skin at all. but yes, I've been told its super expensive.

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  • jbmprods
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    a little trick we used to use when i was doing fiberglass boat repair in the navy was to coat all bare skin with corn starch. it plugs the skin pores and the fiberglass can't get embedded so when you wash your hands or shower the glass washes off with the corn starch.

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  • captkipp
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    Weld blankets.

    I suffered from "blanket itch" so badly.....

    Contact a company called AVS Fabrics. I did some research on this. They make a cloth that is spun from silica. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE !

    Baby _ss smooth, no itch easy to handle, etc. etc. Stuff isn't cheap. But call the sales office. They have seconds that have marks on it and they can't sell it to the high profile refractories that use this stuff. Have a local canvas shop sew up the edges and have at it. I bought two sections of the stuff, a total of nine linear yards and it was 5 feet wide as well. I keep four blankets on the truck. I weld mostly on fancy boats.

    Guaranteed, you will NEVER go back to fiberglass. EVER. Oh and the stuff is washable, too.

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  • Autobodytec
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    we use cow hides we get seconds with the brands scraches and marks theres no iching or burn thrue

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  • Dipsomaniac
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    My best welding blanket is my old asbestos one. I find this to be a shame and would have thought that a better one would have been developed by now.

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  • youfoundtheking
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    i have silica blankets, nice and smooth.

    http://www.etarp.com/specsheets/WeldShield1890ST.pdf

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  • marcos
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    Habor F's welding blankets (made in Russia) are actually Linen. Linen has a higher flash point than cotton. I have used them and they are OK. I started a fire grinding this past fall and now use corrugated, framed, (on casters), shields around my work area. That, with the blankets, maybe will keep down the cost of refilling my fire extinguishers.

    regards,
    marcos

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  • fun4now
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    seems like adding wax would just make it flamable.

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  • ShieldArc
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    The fiberglass ones are usually called Fire blankets. Ive been looking for some type of waxy spray for my fire blankets.

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  • pipeline Dan
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    Originally posted by Hunter View Post
    . So of all the blankets available which seams to be the most user friendly.
    I think the most user friendly blankets are the ones the pipeline/oilplatch companies supply I dont think I've ever used fiberglass ones?? I've just always used the canvas ones! I didnt even know there was such a thing.

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  • Hankl
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    From the Tillman site....



    Tillman Welding Blanket - O Pan Felt

    Soft, thick, affordable welding blanket provides protection up to 3000F. 16 oz. Black O Pan Felt material is non-flammable, non-melting, non-shrinking and scratch free!

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  • bvweld
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    Originally posted by J hall View Post
    I hear the carbon fiber blankets are more user friendly, but I'm too cheap to buy one. I use the black fiberglass. and I try not to handle it bare handed.
    I have a remnet of a blanket. It is alot tighter weave than my fiberglass and it doesn't shed. It may be a silica cloth. They are about halfway between fiberglass and carbon fiber in cost I think. I would do a search. There are some coated fiberglass as well. I buy alot from these guys mcmaster.com Only problem is the price goes up. Good luck

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  • Portable Welder
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    I hate my blankets too, I did a job for sprint cell phones where I had to buy 8 new 8' x 10'

    No matter how care full I am I still itch, when I pick them up and the sun beams in through the window you can see all the fibers floating in the air, They do however work good when you need them.

    I go dumpster diving every ouce in a while at the carpet store, carpet turned upside down works pretty good when your catching sparks falling from the ceiling, and they dont make you itch.

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  • fabricator
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    i use the ones sold at harbor freight.about 7 ft by 5 ft. they are a chemically treated canvas,about $20.

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  • J hall
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    I hear the carbon fiber blankets are more user friendly, but I'm too cheap to buy one. I use the black fiberglass. and I try not to handle it bare handed.

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