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going to attempt building my own screen couple of noob questions

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  1. shawn

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    hi,

    i going to attempt building my own screen,

    however i checked the size i want and its 8ft length and 7 ft width,

    can u buy blackout material this big? just thought id ask concidering theres a few guys on here made there own,


    also being totally useless at woodwork, do i go in and ask for 8ft by 7ft 2x1 battening from b&q ?

    many thanks
     
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    I am not too sure on the BO material the widest that i saw when i purchased mine was about 5ft or so but i am sure there wouls be a store somewhere that does these sizes.

    As for the batons, yes if you go to B&Q they should be able to cut this to size for you. I would also recommend getting a glue gun from there as well so that you can glue all of the wood together, it is neater and easier than nails etc imo.

    I take it that you have a 4:3 projector with a screen of these dimensions.
     
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    yes its for a 4.3 projector mate.

    im just wondering if i can buy the bo material that big before i go to b&q?
    no point making it if i cant get the size.
     
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    I got my bo material from Dunhelm, if you have one nearby then i would recommend that you give them a try as the wood should be no problem.
     
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    Sorry to dive in, but if you are making a 4:3 screen, shouldn't it be 8ft by 6ft (rather than 7ft) ?
     
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    well i just got back from Dunhelm
    they did not do the 8ft by 7ft

    so i had to buy the 7 and half by 7 and half,
    cost 30 quid was they expensive do u think ? i thought that was very expensive?
    also i have took these out of the packaging and they are creased as hell?

    also i dident know there was 2 in the pack :rolleyes: when really i only needed 1.

    there is also a seem right in the middle :mad:
    not sure whever or not to take them back, but trouble is ive opened pack and dont know if they will accept it once its opened?

    any ideas guys?
     
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    That is quite expensive, i only paid that for my first DIY screen. I think that the BO material i got was off the roll and cost about £6 or so.
    Once you project onto the BO material i am pretty sure that you will see the seem, how prominent is it.
     
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    well its quite prominent mate,
    ive attached a pic of the middle seam, sorry light is low i took it with my webcam,

    i have opened plastic packet so would i be able to take this back opened?

    i never knew it had a seam in middle, maybe i should of got it on the roll but was unsure if they had it in my size ( 90" x 68")
     

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    I think that will be too prominent, i would try and take it back just stating you got the wrong size etc and try and get it off the roll. I am pretty sure that the maximum off the role was about 5ft though, but i might be wrong.
     
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    yes i took it back and they never had the width i wanted,
    so i got a refund,

    does anyone know where i can buy some backout material

    horizontal size: 91"
    vertical size: 70"
     

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    ok after thinking about it i dont think im going to get cloth this size. so i think i will use mdf and paint,

    what would u recommend for a 1100 lumens dlp projector?

    icestorm 5
    icestorm 6
    icestorm 5/6 mix
    or i heard hurricane matt 2 is good too?

    any recommendations guys?

    thanks
     
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    What projector is it and what is the contrast ratio?
     
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    its a acer projector mate,
    contrast ratio is: 1500:1



    what struck me kind of strange which i forgot to mention is, when i tryed the blackout cloth, bought before i took it back, i was not happy with it it seemed a worse picture on the blackout material, not sure because it was not stretched properly or what.
    just thought i would mention it.
     
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    anyone recommend what paint out of,

    icestorm 5
    icestorm 6
    icestorm 5/6 mix
    or i heard hurricane matt 2 is good too?
     
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    You will probably get away with icestorm 6, i used 5/6 mix for a lcd before changing to goo and after using goo found the 5/6 just darkens all the other colours in the spectrum.
     
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    thanks inzaman i think i will take your advice and use icestorm 6 however i heard this is a grey color, wil this affect picture? as i always thought pure white would be the best?
    however you know more about screen than me so i thought id ask.

    as for wood,
    i have alot of spare floor laminate left over so i was thinking of useing these, which i dont think anyone on here as used before.
     
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    Yes icestorm is grey but no. 6 is a very very light grey i.e pretty much just off white, where as no. 5 is really quite dark in comparison.
     

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