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DIY screen en route - advice re painting blackout cloth

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by RichardH, Aug 15, 2002.

  1. RichardH

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    Got the frame built for the screen, (4x1 timber), and nicely wrapped in black velvet. Just about ready to attach the blackout cloth to it.
    Couple of queries for those who've done it before:

    My cloth is a little creased - has anyone ironed it to remove these, or would the plasticy side go all nasty?

    Painting grey - any problem with the cloth stretching once wet with paint, or does it tension back up again when dry? Ideal would be to fix it when wet, I suppose, but difficult without getting the velvet all yucky...
     
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    ok dont forget to get some pva glue.

    Mix 5 teaspoons pva to 100ml of water stir well
    then add 500 ml of icestorm paint.

    Dont worry about any wrinkles in you material.

    Paint your material with 1 coat and allow to totally dry, the slower it dries the better.

    Once dry give it another coat and leave to dry.

    Do not iron you will deform the shape !!!

    You will now need to slightly dampen the screen, a quick going over with a damp sponge will suffice, then while just damp attach the screen to the frame, do one edge first then pull tight and do opposing side, then repeat for other sides.

    Should end up with a nice tight screen.
     
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    Thanks for that - I'd already clocked the PVA thing, but thanks for the reminder.

    Not considered painting and leaving to dry before attaching, nice one!
    Think I'll tack it to the rear of the screen frame (facing backwards), so I have a nicely spread sheet to paint.

    So much for letting it dry slowly in this heat!!
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    Aye when I did mine it dried as it went on !!!

    Late evening, early morning is cooler ;)

    Tacking it to screen and painting may warp it.
     
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    ...Well, it's done! I've taken some pictures (not many, sorry), and written some guff about how I got on, and what I did. Have a look here , if you're interested (or very bored).

    Now all I have to do it fix it to the wall (which isn't very flat :mad: ), finish the ceiling mount and complete the HCPC's configuration. And FAFF2002 (Film and Food Festival - our "home film festival" where some friends come to stay for a few days, and we eat and drink a lot while watching films) starts on Thursday evening.... :eek: :eek:
     

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