Originally Posted by DS
I am thinking of building my own screen after being somewhat dissatisfied with the pull down screens that I own. I started with Da-lite model B 106" matte white and then Draper Luma 120" High Contrast Gray.
My main issue is waves. It's not bad, but I do watch hockey and I can see them pretty clearly, especially during camera movement across the ice, and it's distracting (more so on the Draper). During most movies, that is not an issue though unless there is panning on a very light image.
A very common complaint
Living in New York City, I don't really have a work area or many tools. Don't have a car to bring materials home, so not sure if I can even make my own screen. Sintra seems like a common approach here, but I don't know how I would get it home.
Is there anyone here in NYC who has has built a screen and can recommend some suppliers?
Delivery is an option, depending upon Screen size...but painting seems a very practical option.
Or maybe I can mail order a frame that comes apart and use some material to stretch on it?
You might not want to go there....a Cloth or Fabric screen must be done right, or you'll be back to where you were looking at wrinkles or waves.
Painting a wall is possible, just hope my landlord doesn't find out!
The good thing about painting the wall, you can paint back over it after you decide to move on. Any "Fixed" or retractable Screen will still need to be hung, so some degree of repairing holes will ne necessary. Rolling on a well chosen paint it pretty easy, and after you re-cover the screen, what Landlord would take you to task for bothering to make the room look better? Leona maybe.
I guess I can also buy a fixed screen from Visual Apex or Jamestown. Visual Apex offers just a white screen material and during the day the living is a not very dark, even though the windows are covered.
Well White is out then....you need at least some degree of a Gray shaded surface.
I have an Epson 8350, but will be upgrading to a 3D projector within the year. Sitting 12.5 feet away from screen and projector about 13' away from screen.
Obviously, excluding the wave issue, the High Contrast Gray screen must perform better so that answer is already provided. Another aspect to consider...when you upgrade to a newer PJ, a new screen ideally suited to your situation and PJ is just another can of paint away.