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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Little Bit of Tyvek

This is some painted Tyvek that I heated with the heat gun after painting both sides.  This first photo is the side I hit with the heat gun.  The bubbles face away from the heat.  
I felt like I had more control over the heat -- when I use my iron, it seems really easy to get it too hot and cause holes.  Of course, it's much less flat than a piece done sandwiched in between two layers of parchment and ironed.  But I was able to reheat the curled edges and flip them so they didn't fold into themselves -- I used the clamp from the lutradur experiment so I didn't burn my fingers.

  This is the side that faced away from the gun.  The paint had soaked through from the other side and there are tiny pinpoints of color under the thin layer of gold iridescent ink.  I watered down the inks when I painted them on the Tyvek.   My daughter thinks this looks like a fungus.

And this is some building that is going on nearby.  I was wondering if this stuff is thicker than the stuff I bought.  Also, how do they install it?  Is it the backside of the insulation?  Or does it come on rolls and is stapled up?


  1. Tyvek is used as a wind barrier beneath the exterior siding, maybe a vapor barrier, too, I don't know. The rolls are sold either 3' and maybe 6' tall (just saw them at Lowe's yesterday).

    Lowe's also had their own brand of house wrap which felt more like a plastic tarp than Tyvek does, it probably wouldn't accept paint.

  2. It comes in rolls and is stapled with a staple hammer. It is a wind barrier only and it has no insulation properties.

  3. You can try it with your heatgun. ha,ha...

  4. We had some of this commercial brand of Tyvek leftover from our house remodel. I gave some to a friend and she said it did not respond to the heat gun, perhaps too heavy a grade of Tyvek. The thinner Tyvek that is used for mailing envelopes is a better choice perhaps.

  5. Thanks alot for sharing this with us, was a really interesting post.

    using lutradur


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