Originally Posted by Viche
Oh I forget to say:
I think this stuff would be flatter than a non-flat wall.
Well let's hope so !!!!
I was thinking of making a front side frame out of poplar wrapped in black velvet and then attaching poplar strips to the top, middle and bottom back of the screen. If you hung the screen from one of these support strips, I think the screen would hang straight even though the wall was uneven. I've been trying to thinking of ways to construct the frame/supports and have some ideas.
Simply having the material cut 2.5" wider and higher than needed for the image, then screwing it to the wall using a minimum of screws around the perimeter, then covering that area with a Wrapped Trim overlay would be easier, and less intrusive (damaging) on the wall than multiple support Boards.
And by being attached to the wall around it's perimeter, bending or curving will never be something to worry about. Keep it simple, and you'll keep it easy and more affordable.
I think kids would be a danger, but the good thing is that a new screen might only cost you around $40 -75 if it got damaged.
I haven't heard or seen anything that would lead me to believe that you could acquire a 10' x 6' piece of this sort of material for $75.00 in any thickness beyond 3/16ths of an inch.
IMO, any surface that can be dented by pressing a fingernail into it is unacceptably soft, and wholly inappropriate for this sort of use when Kids or Rowdy Beer Buddies are going to be anywhere near it. And it's the painting of such that is the time consuming and expense related factor....not so much the Board itself.
Doable stands out because it's "good to go' as is. Only it's limited availability and size keeps it from being as popular as Parkland Plastic was for a while.
Now to qualify what might of seemed as being dismissive of this suggestion, if any of the described materials (...and their facing materials....) prove to be a very good "as is" projection surface...and the cost is commensurate to GatorFoam ($75.00 @ 10' x 5') then many might benefit greatly from it's availabilty. Me for one of a certainty. I'm lusting a bit after that 72" x 120" size.
Bring it on!!!!! Have Wagner....will squirt!