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Old 05-09-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Best DIY Projector Screen Material

Going to make a 110" fixed projector screen.

Have been looking around for good product and have found a slew of stuff - hard to ascertain what is really good stuff and what is crap and who sells quality stuff etc.

Was hoping you all might share where you purchased your DIY screen material (and hopefully that you are happy with it - and what you bought etc).

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As far as DIY goes the best I have seen is 'a finely sanded wall with "screen goo" surrounded by a felt border. But if you are going to have a fixed screen permanently on a wall you really are better off just buying an actual screen.
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I used Wilsonart Designer White laminate. I attached that to a 80/20 frame using industrial strength Velcro. I used a two inch black velvet sticky tape for the border. This was a 110" screen and cost about $225. Works well.
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Interesting.
You are the second person to mention laminate. Did you just purchase from a home improvement store then?

I like the idea of velcro - thats a good idea.

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Not a bad idea but at $225 you could probably get a fixed screen which would have proper gain.(reflectivity)
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
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Interesting.
You are the second person to mention laminate. Did you just purchase from a home improvement store then?

I like the idea of velcro - thats a good idea.

Thanks!

I got it @ a local center that handles it. It has great reflectivity but then the Pro8100 is a light cannon.


Check the DIY screen section in this forum.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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I got it @ a local cecenter that handles it. It has great reflectivity but then the Pro8100 is a light cannon.


Great reflectivity based on what - are you sure it has uniform illumination with little to no hotspotting?- what is the gain? I think it is more 'well it looks good to me" but at $225 why not get one tha is properly made . Hell my 100 inch electric retractable screen with IR, RF, and in-line control only cost me $300.
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I have a FAVI 120" electric retractable with remote that cost $257, (1.3 gain), and a 150" Elite manual screen, (1.1 gain) that cost $235.

They're both great.
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I have a FAVI 120" electric retractable with remote that cost $257, (1.3 gain), and a 150" Elite manual screen, (1.1 gain) that cost $235.

They're both great.
Exactly my point!!!! Why spend $225 on a diy when for virtually the same and no construction just minimal assembly you can have one done proper.
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I change my own oil too.

It looks good to me. That's all that matters.
BTW, I misspoke re: the DIY Screen is in AVS Forum.
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I change my own oil too.

It looks good to me. That's all that matters.
BTW, I misspoke re: the DIY Screen is in AVS Forum.
That's fine but what looks good to you may not to somebody else - that is why things are standardized. The oil you change has a uniform weight and viscosity (so anybody buying will get the same product) while hardware store laminate does not have a standardized and uniform reflectivity - that is why they make screens specifically and with gain numbers. If there was a substantial cost savings I could understand but for virtually the same money and less time and predictability I fail to understand the rationale. For you it is great but I want the OP to be happy with what they choose.
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That's fine but what looks good to you may not to somebody else - that is why things are standardized. The oil you change has a uniform weight and viscosity (so anybody buying will get the same product) while hardware store laminate does not have a standardized and uniform reflectivity - that is why they make screens specifically and with gain numbers. If there was a substantial cost savings I could understand but for virtually the same money and less time and predictability I fail to understand the rationale. For you it is great but I want the OP to be happy with what they choose.
What were the gain and reflectivity numbers for the "screen goo" paint that you mentioned?

I looked into some of the paints and they weren't cheap and my wall had a ledge from the foundation so screen size was limited to about 90". I haven't checked back on the DIY thread but I think some of those had obtained some data on their screens.
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Can you post a link to that DIY thread too if you get a chance?
When I did a search I didn't have much luck finding it?
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Also what about these products?

http://www.buildyourownprojectionscr...reen-materials

http://www.projectorpeople.com/scree...enmaterial.asp

Has anyone used these with any success?? Or something similar??
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What were the gain and reflectivity numbers for the "screen goo" paint that you mentioned?

I looked into some of the paints and they weren't cheap and my wall had a ledge from the foundation so screen size was limited to about 90". I haven't checked back on the DIY thread but I think some of those had obtained some data on their screens.
http://www.projectorcentral.com/goo_...or_screens.htm

review on screen goo. The only DIY I have personally seen that was any good.
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