I realize that I am not answering your original question, but this
is a tangential comment which may be helpful.
Instead of buying expensive painters drop cloths, I have acquired
a number of very, very inexpensive tablecloths at garage sales.
I also have many cheap disposable plastic drop cloths from HD,
I purchase used tablecloths which are as large as possible, and
only if they are the ones which have a felt-like bottom and a plastic
coated top. I use them upside-down, with the absorbent "felt" on
top and the plastic side on the bottom. These work great. The felt
absorbs small spills quite well, and the plastic on the bottom insures
that big spills won't leak through. The only negative is the fact that
the tablecloths are small relative to pro-style dropcloths and they
need to be pieced together with liberal overlapping or with duct tape.
These improvised drop cloths are very light and do a great job on
small spills. Even if you accidentally dump a lot of paint, the plastic
backing will provide good protection if the drop cloth is reasonably
horizontal. On vertical surfaces, I use cheap throwaway plastic so
that big spills run off and down to the absorbent drop cloth below.
Actually, I've never had a big paint spill but it is best to be prepared
for something more serious then the usually minor spatters from
using a paint roller.
I also pick up used bedspread, blankets and sheets at garage sales
for similar purposes. When any of these items have minor blemishes,
they sell extremely inexpensive. Especially if you make an offer for
multiple items in a "garage sale lot."
Just be nice to the little old lady running the garage sale. Don't tell
her that you are going to use her items items for absorbing paint spills.
upand_at email@example.com wrote in message
I had a nice painter's drop cloth 15 years ago that got loaned and lost
and now I'm trying to find one similar, but haven't had any luck. I
thought you guys might know...
I got it at a paint store that's no longer around now.
It was lightweight. It had a white back, so I think it was vinyl or
buytl backed. The top side was like a patchwork material, not canvas.
I used it a lot and I'd like to get another one like it now that I have
a house. All the ones I've seen at paint stores, Home Depot, and Lowes
look crappy and disposable. And their canvas ones have no backing.