A patent has lately been secured in England by J. J. C. de Clerville, for the following method of making ornamental oilcloth. Instead of first painting or printing with oil colors on a white ground, as is usually done, he emplflys cloth which has first been printed upon, or dyed like calicos, and on this he puts a transparent ground or coating, by applying several coats of clarified linseed oil, rendered " drying" in the usual way with sulphate of zinc or acetate of lead. When this transparent coating is dry, it is rubbed smooth with pumice stone, and a hard varnish put on the top—copal varnish is employed for light colors, and asphalt varnish for black glazed cloth.
Oilcloth to Imitate Leather
This article was originally published with the title "Oilcloth to Imitate Leather" in Scientific American 13, 36, 284 (May 1858)