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PUL fabric Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
5th Mar '13

I am supposed to be making a bunch of painting smocks for my dd's preschool, and the teacher requested oilcloth. When I looked at oilcloth online, I realized that it's made with toxic chemicals and since that law passed in 2008, it's not even legal to make stuff for kids under 12 with it. :shock: I'm not trying to kill a bunch of preschoolers.



So I am wondering if Pul would be a good substitute. I've never worked with it before, so I don't know exactly what it's like.



I know it's supposed to be waterproof, but how hard would it be to wipe/wash paint off of it? I want these to last a few years, so if it's going to stain on the first round, it's not going to work.



Would it make a good fabric for painting smocks?

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
5th Mar '13

They use PUL for diaper covers so I'd assume it's perfect for paint.

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
5th Mar '13
Quoting SAFFY
Piecey. TTC since Jul 2014; 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 64044 posts
status 5th Mar '13

What about laminated cotton? My PUL stuff is slick on one side, but fabric on the other. I think paint would get stuck on that.

Piecey. TTC since Jul 2014; 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 64044 posts
status 5th Mar '13

unless youre not caring about a print and would make them with the cloth side to the inside. :lol: idk why i was just assuming in my head you'd want some cute print

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
5th Mar '13
Quoting Piecey.:" unless youre not caring about a print and would make them with the cloth side to the inside. :lol: idk why i was just assuming in my head you'd want some cute print"


Is Pul fuzzy on one side? See, I just have no idea. I would have ordered a print too, not even thinking about that. Then I would have been really annoyed that the print was on the wrong side. :lol:



Oilcloth is like vinyl bonded to a woven cotton, so I want something along those lines. If it's backed with flannel or something, that's no big deal, but I can't use a really stiff, thick fabric. Is Pul like a flannel, or more like terry cloth, or something else entirely?

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
5th Mar '13

And...laminated cotton would work fine, I think. That didn't even occur to me. How embarrassing.



Maybe that's what I need to use. Too bad it's even MORE expensive.

Piecey. TTC since Jul 2014; 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 64044 posts
status 5th Mar '13
Quoting Stfu Shirley:" Is Pul fuzzy on one side? See, I just have no idea. I would have ordered a print too, not even thinking ... [snip!] ... but I can't use a really stiff, thick fabric. Is Pul like a flannel, or more like terry cloth, or something else entirely?"


Quoting Stfu Shirley:" Is Pul fuzzy on one side? See, I just have no idea. I would have ordered a print too, not even thinking ... [snip!] ... but I can't use a really stiff, thick fabric. Is Pul like a flannel, or more like terry cloth, or something else entirely?"


Idk what kind of material it is but the patterned side is not laminated. It would still protect clothes though.




I found this in a description on Etsy for a PUL smock. Maybe it can help you lean one way or another.



The difference between most of my laminated cotton smocks and this PUL smock is that the laminated cotton is shiny (laminated) on the outside of the fabric whereas this PUL is shiny on the inside. Still offering the same level of protection against clothing, this will be a rinse off rather than a wipe down, like the laminate. The greatest difference and advantage to the PUL is that it is 100% machine washable and dryable (unlike the laminate)!

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
5th Mar '13
Quoting Piecey.:" Idk what kind of material it is but the patterned side is not laminated. It would still protect clothes ... [snip!] ... The greatest difference and advantage to the PUL is that it is 100% machine washable and dryable (unlike the laminate)!"


Thank you, that is very helpful.