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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    Where can I buy mylar?
    Fleabay or Amazon.

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    Will the local Walmart have it?
    You can always check Walmart.com and check local availability. If it's not available at your store but is on walmart.com, you can have it shipped to your store (so you won't miss out on that warm, comforting feeling of rubbing elbows with walmart-ites).
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    Space blankets/mylar are usually found in camping supplies. They may even be at Walmart, in the camping/hunting department.
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    I use black and white. It's slightly less reflective than mylar, but cheaper!

    Here's a pic of one of my grow shelves that i lined with it. It's a lot brighter than the picture makes it out to be.


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    Aluminum foil is actually really good, as long as you avoid tearing it. That's why I switched to mylar....but mylar (at least mine) lets some light through. I can see the bulb throu the stuff, but it's kindof cool to examine it comfortably.

    The most durable would probably be mirrors?

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    I use 7538T11. Stuff is GREAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robthered View Post
    I use black and white. It's slightly less reflective than mylar, but cheaper!

    Here's a pic of one of my grow shelves that i lined with it. It's a lot brighter than the picture makes it out to be.

    That is the stuff, "panda film" it is called. This is way better to use than any crinkly or surfaced material.
    Crinkly, like foil, mylar etc... will "shred" the light into many very bright spots, and many dark spots. This is not good for even lighting on the leaves. It has been reported (rarely) to cause heat damage to leaves of cannabis.
    Rough surfaces, like rolled on paint and the like...just absorb the light by reflecting it back upon itself before it "escapes" the surface texture. Which results in light loss.
    By far the best a person can do, is to use a high titanium white FLAT spray paint. This will give the best reflectivity with the least amount of light loss during the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFury View Post
    I use 7538T11. Stuff is GREAT!
    Like I said, it does let light through. It also scratches easily. Is there a thicker version?

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    Yeah, it does let light through - but it's much like you can see through a one-way mirror... the reflective side is still highly reflective. The scratches - yeah, it does scratch pretty easily. Ya got me there.

    I believe there is a thicker version at the place I linked to but it's correspondingly more expensive.

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