D.I.Y or cheap screen

Mr Regan

Active Member
Just ordered the infocus x9 and im now after a screen.
The room that i am using is a converted out house with no windows
all the walls and ceiling are painted matte black.
When the light is of it really is like a black hole:smashin:
the thing is the wallet police are on the case and i have a budget of around £150 for a screen:eek:
The wall where the screen is to be fixed to is a false one that i have put up to cover the door and window:devil: its plaster board painted matte black.
so the question is i want a screen size of 120" do i go for this one

120" ELECTRIC MOTORISED HD PROJECTOR SCREEN MATTE WHITE on eBay, also, Projectors, DVD Home Cinema, Consumer Electronics (end time 26-Jun-09 20:30:00 BST)

or make my own fixed screen, Will there be any difference in picture quality over a DIY or a cheap screen like this:rolleyes:.
 
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SLIM

Active Member
must be a big out house dude to fit a 120 in there as there huge :D.

I would say DIY as it will be a lot lot cheaper m8and if you dont like it you can the look at getting a cheap screen.
Check my post out dude
 

ashcurrie

Novice Member
On that budget i would second the DIY method. You could pick up some pretty decent material or black out blind material and then some timber to construct the frame.

Check out this thread DIY Screen Section - AVS Forum

The guys in the US have a massive wealth of knowledge when it comes to DIY and at least method has been tried. It where i get most of my info from :thumbsup:

A.
 

martin purnell

Novice Member
Why go to AVS forum when you can have all the info you need on this very site!
The thread you want is called DIY projector screen paint finally found for the uk! - black widow and it has over 300 postings. The first page is a summary based on Paints Brews and Mixes III. It can be currently found towards the bottom of page 1 on this particular section (projector screens). Should you have any further questions, please ask on the Black Widow thread as quite a few from both sides of the pond ( paint idea originated in the USA) still log on to improve the recipe!

Kind regards,

Martin
 
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Zone

Moderator
Nice one Martin :thumbsup:

Direct link here
 

ashcurrie

Novice Member
wow dude i was only letting him know about a further resource which he could look into, didn't think there would be a problem with that. you can never have to much info :cool:
 

Canary_Jules

Well-known Member
If you want great, inexpensive kosher screen material then buy some Matt White from Harkness Hall. This stuff is supplied to the cinema trade. It has 1.0 gain. I used it about 4 years ago when I built my 16:9 screen and I've just bought enough to cover my new 9ft wide DIY scope screen. This cost me around £120 delivered. Great service too. I'm still in the process of building my new screen so will post a thread when I'm done.
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member
If you are considering a fixed screen and don't want to spend a fortune make your own.

I sheet of 8ft x 4ft x 3mm thick pre painted mdf from Focus (under £10) some 2" wide black self adhesive velcro from Dunelm (approx £10) for the border.

I painted mine with a light grey dulux paint (clouded slate) approx £10, this was because I wanted a grey rather than white screen (improved blacks and colours).

Approx 2-3 hrs work (if you paint it) 1/2 hr if you don't.A few 3/4" nails(to fix screen to wall), a hammer and stanley knife (to mitre the velcro) and voila a really good quality fixed screen that will not curl or ripple.

If you use the full 8 x 4 sheet this will give a diagonal of around 107".

You don't need to be a DIY expert to do it,I'm pretty useless at DIY but it was easy peasy.
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martin purnell

Novice Member
wow dude i was only letting him know about a further resource which he could look into, didn't think there would be a problem with that. you can never have to much info :cool:

Sorry Ash, wasn't meant to be a personal attack on letting him get other info. Apologies if taken that way.

Martin
 

Houldey

Active Member
If you are considering a fixed screen and don't want to spend a fortune make your own.

I sheet of 8ft x 4ft x 3mm thick pre painted mdf from Focus (under £10) some 2" wide black self adhesive velcro from Dunelm (approx £10) for the border.

I painted mine with a light grey dulux paint (clouded slate) approx £10, this was because I wanted a grey rather than white screen (improved blacks and colours).

Approx 2-3 hrs work (if you paint it) 1/2 hr if you don't.A few 3/4" nails(to fix screen to wall), a hammer and stanley knife (to mitre the velcro) and voila a really good quality fixed screen that will not curl or ripple.

If you use the full 8 x 4 sheet this will give a diagonal of around 107".

You don't need to be a DIY expert to do it,I'm pretty useless at DIY but it was easy peasy.
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Sounds good, I think that using a sheet of wood is better than building a frame from wood. I would assume there is much less chance of deformation. Also, do you think you could cover the wood in white-ish blackout material (1.5m wide - £5 per metre length) would work? Obviously you then need a staple gun, I guess.

Two questions though:

1) 8' by 4' is obviously not a standard ratio, so how on Earth do you get 107"? The best you could do would be to use all the height (120cm) and 1.85 x 120cm of the width, and you would end up with less than 96" after the border.

2) I don't get why you are using velcro for the border? What are you fixing to the velcro-ing to the velcro once it is stuck to the board? Confused :(

One final thing: Do you know if it is possible to get pieces of wood with a height greater than 122cm? I would like to 'build' a 120" if possible. Also, with a piece this large you could mess about with some variable masking for different situations.

Cheers,

Mike
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member
You are right, inside the border is less than 107" allowing for the border the screen size is 99" diagonal.

The velcro (just the fluffy side and not the side with the hooks on),is perfect for sticking to the mdf to create a black 2" wide non reflective self adhesive border.You don't have to have a black border but it looks more professional and helps the perceived contrast levels by having the black border.

You can spend more and use black Flok self adhesive tape if you want but the velcro looks fine and costs about half what the flok costs.

8ft x 4ft sheets are the largest that I know of but larger sheets may be available from a specialist timber merchant.
 

Pug_WD

Active Member
Just posted my personal experience in another thread...

Best bang for buck?
Two tester pots of cloud slate 3 from Focus... = £5 :thumbsup:

I did a 4:1 mix with some water (filled each pot 1/4 way with water and shook it up to get the last of the paint out) and painted a ~120" diagonal screen on my end wall.
Framed it with some 2" black tape (£2 from Wilko) and couldn't be happier for the budget. :smashin:

Total budget <£10 (including beers afterwards) :clap:

I did undercoat first but only because I had half a tin in the cupboard, spare.
 

kbfern

Distinguished Member
Great mate:thumbsup: just goes to show what a few quid and very very basic diy skill can produce.

I always look at the expensive screens and think "How much" maybe they are better but "How much":D
 

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