Many thanks indeed for posting this info. Everything you post is so detailed, and I thank you for that. You are a true gentleman for sharing your knowledge. I come into Punch from the magic world, where everyone is so secrative, even among so called collegues, so it is great to come across someone with such a generous nature
About booths and fabric. I am about to start building an alluminium booth, so I hope my flatering comments to you still hold out when I am bombarding you with questions day and night !!!!!
This is what I have found out re. covering material. Proff Eek put me in touch with a company in Eastbourne, very handy for us soft southerners.
They are Prima Awnings, and as the name suggests, supply and manufacture shop awnings they are at www.prima-awnings.com
phone no 01323 734606. The very helpfull lady is Janet.
They supply an acrylic material, in red/white candy stripe, as well as other colours, also the same material in multi stripe, and plain. The material is 1.2m (4'.00) wide, teflon coated to make it showerproof, and as it is made for outside made to measure blinds does NOT shrink. (I am assured)
They reccomend this for the sides of the booth, as water will not lay there,and the teflon makes it showerproof. Cleaning it is best done with a sponge and fairy liquid. A hot machine wash will destroy the teflon.
For the roof, where rain may lie the reccomend a "plastiflex" plastic material is available in stripe or plain, and this is 1.8m wide.
The prices, as quoted last Friday are £4.58 per metre for the acrylic canvas type, and £6.75 per metre for the wider plastiaflex. These prices do not include V.A.T. but delivery is free "if they have a van coming your way"!!!!
For those not able to control a sewing machine they will make the cover to fit your booth, if you take the booth frame to them. Ideal if you are able to leave the frame with them.
They are sending me some samples, so I can let you know what the stuff is like.
As Richard says, Maurace at Canhoe is the best guy for Zips, and get the open type to give you a wrap around cover. A tip passed on from Geoff Felix is to fit the zip so it fastens from the bottom up. When you are all zipped up the "toggle" is at the top, away from prying fingers.
Maurace also does custom made bags and covers for props. He made my carry bag for my booth, and a cover for my magic "roll-on" table, and they are excellently made and very hardwearing.
Hope this info is usefull.