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Making your own screen?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by robjohn, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. robjohn

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    Where can you get the material from to make your own screen? And is this going to be as good as buying a ceiling mounted screen...

    Also I have read mention about dulux icestorm would this work on canvas?

    Or is the best bet to just buy the proper material or a mounted screen??

    Many thanks for any help :thumbsup:
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    If you're after making a fixed non retractable screen that hangs on the wall then go to your local curtain shop or Alders or similar, and ask for white 'blackout' cloth.

    It's white cloth one side and white vinyl the other (colour can vary, but make sure you get the whitest one). You build a frame and stretch/staple the cloth over it. Voila! One DIY screen that'll cost you under £30. I've some pics on my home page if you're interested.

    If you want deeper looking blacks (lamp projectors can't project black), or have some ambient light, a grey screen can help with both those issues.

    If you want a brighter reflected image, you can buy the 'proper' screen material which has some 'gain', and stretch/staple it to your frame. That's what I did when my new projector needed to be a little brighter and put the screen material on top of the existing BO cloth.

    Gary.
     
  3. SCOTT_SCOTLAND

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    I made my own screen and am very happy with it. As Gary said, just go to any curtain shop and get blackout fabric, its pretty cheap. The way i done the frame was made the outside of frame first, ie the four sides, stretched the fabric over it and stapled it, then to make the fabric even tighter i put a length of wood from top to bottom and made it ever so slightly larger than it should have been thus stretching the fabric even further, but dont make it too big.....

    Good Luck
     
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    Moved to Projection Screen forum.
     
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    I just finished making a 96 inch X 54 inch screen using black out liner, and 1"x3" framing lumber. The total cost of the project was $40 US. The results are excellent. I have a 60" wide luma pulldown silver screen in my basement right now. I'm planning on doing a comparison of the performance. I'll post pictures as soon as possible!

    puritan
     
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    hi just got myself some blackout fabric just wounderd what side do u use the cloth side or vinyl side
     
  7. Gary Lightfoot

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    Cloth. :)

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