Originally Posted by bassage
How difficult would it be to make a screen somewhere around 52" - 60" high that is either 2.35:1, 2.4:1, or 2.37:1. Still can't decide on those 3 sizes, any advice?
I'm no professional carpenter with a garage full of tools, but I can follow instructions if they don't rely on expensive equipment that I don't have. How expensive would it be to make this? If it will be several hundred dollars, I might as well just buy one, but if I can save a ton of money, I would definitely consider doing it myself. I don't need the absolute best screen in the world, but I don't want junk. Basically, I just want the picture to look good on the screen.
Well consider this;
If you stick to having a 130" diagonal 2.35:1 Screen (...the most commonly used, advisable format...), that represents a 51" x 120" surface area, then staying within the parameters of 60" x 120" allows you to use Sintra, a White "Expanded Hard Foam" material 6 MM thick. Average cost: $110.00
Not too much involved in getting that....the Jobber you buy it from will cut it to size for you at N/C. If cut to 55" x 120", the extra 2" across the Top & Bottom can serve to allow you to simply screw the material onto the wall using a minimum of Drywall screws within that 2" area. The cut-off material can be ripped off 2.5" at a time to achieve 55" height, then each 2.5" piece can be cut to 55" long and placed (screwed) at each side, completing a edge-ring of material that lies outside the 55" x 120" screen surface. More on this below.
Now you want to but a Electric HVLP Gun. The best for less is this critter:http://www.gleempaint.com/noname.html $49.00 + Freight
Paint? For a Reference quality White Screen, a Gallon of Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic Smooth Enamel Satin Finish in "Extra White" $49.00 Gal.
If Ambient Light Tolerance is desired, the different additional paints needed will increase the cost of the paint equation by $20.00
Trim? Using 1/2" x 3.25" Simple MDF Baseboard Trim (avg. $ 00.50 ft @ Home Depot ) you'd need 32' $16.00
Black Velvet to wrap the Trim with comes from:http://www.syfabrics.com/View.aspx/P...Velvet/681/264
.....@ $7.50 yd. You'll need 4 yards. = $30.00
You wrap the Velvet around the Trim, stapling it in place, and the Trim is laid over the 2" and 2.5" areas around the Screen area and nailed into place using 1.5" Finish nails that are set below the Velvet using a Nail Punch $3.00
130" diagonal "Mfg" Stewart Studio Tek 130 Reference White 2.35:1 Screen = $1800.00 +
130" diagonal DIY Reference White 2.35:1 Screen = $260.00Savings: $1540.00
130" diagonal "Mfg" Black Diamond 2.35:1 "Ambient Light" Screen = $3900.00+
130" diagonal DIY Silver Fire 2.35:1 "Ambient Light" Screen = $280.00Savings: $3620.00
Larger Screen sizes can be accommodated with other special materials, Frame construction, or simply using an existing wall surface if available.
DIY quality, while always subject to the effort and ability of the DIY'er, has been a known quality for several years, as evidenced by the thousands of DIY'ers who have posted their experiences and results.
There is all the helpful advice and assistance one needs to get walked through virtually any level of DIY Screen making...one only needs to avail oneself of it.
Really...for anyone who wants exceptional image quality at a cost so far below Mfg Screen prices is absolutely silly, it's a "No Brain-er" decision.