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Old 09-10-2005, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 100% cotton painted muslin 10x20 that has really deep wrinkles where it was folded for shipping. I rented a garment steamer but it is going very slow. I'm thinking about throwing it in a large commercial dryer since it is to big for my dryer. Ironing it would be faster than using the steamer but my wife thinks I should just get out the folds and leave the wrinkles in. What do you think?
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Old 09-10-2005, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 100% cotton painted muslin 10x20 that has really deep wrinkles where it was folded for shipping.

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Listen to your wife! Unless the painting is a scene where the wrinkles would be distracting, I'd leave 'em in. Adds a bit of character to the background.

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Old 09-10-2005, 07:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just iron the folds out of mine. Then when I store it I just stuff it in a bag. The wringles don't bother me any, they are always out of focus anyway. If it is a scenic muslin then the wrinkles may be a problem.
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The wrinkles in your backdrop don’t bother me at all. The ones I'm trying to get rid of are the straight lines caused by the folding and set so strongly it is as if they ironed them in. They probably folded this one while it was still damp. Thirty minutes in the dryer with a wet towel did wonders but there are still a few I need to work on. At least now I wont be steaming all day. Maybe after I get them out I can go back to the dryer to put the qwinkles back in so it doesn't look like a pressed and starched shirt. I think I just made up a new word qwinkles
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you. I agree with the DOF putting the wrinkles out of focus. That’s why I ordered it 20 feet long so I could get the subject far enough away so that the background would not be sharp. Thirty minutes in the dryer with a wet towel did wonders to release some of the wrinkles and softened up the muslin substantially. Probably the best 50 cents I ever spent.
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Something that worked great for me is just using a spray bottle with water. Wet the fold lines down good and maybe do a little hand smoothing. The really hard lines needed a couple applications. Give yourself some air dry time.

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