[quote="rodiponer"]I think most fabrics would work for backlighting. I made an inflatable slug last year out of ripstop nylon. I just threw a 50' coil of EL wire inside it and it made kinda cool patterns if the wire was close to the cloth, and if it was further away it diffused it to a nice even glow. Nylon can be very inexpensive if you look around on the web.
If you have a smaller area, I think one of the neater materials is Rowlux Illusion film. Eplastics.com has a sample kit. I like this material because it looks great backlit, and it looks even better during the day, especially in strong sunlight. But it is expensive, at around $2.50/square foot. I am thinking of using it as an accent on the small strange machine that I am making, if it works.
Another material I am looking at backlighting is perforated aluminum. I am using the perforated aluminum to reduce weight, and I think an added benefit is that it will look cool when backlit.
Good luck with your vehicle.[/quote]
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