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I just bought a projector, and now i need to build a screen for it.

What do you guys think about this for the screen ?

CowboyStudio 6 x 9 Feet Seamless White Vinyl Background (VL-W9)
(please google it, cant post links, new user)
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For the money, it's certainly worth taking a chance on .. I would use the non-refelctive side ..

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thanks for answering my follow-up question also!

I will post results when I get it.
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thanks for answering my follow-up question also!

I will post results when I get it.

Please do! Always good to expand the "Substrate Horizon".

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It looks good,
Definitely dont use the reflective side, it causes sparkles all over.

Non-reflective side, looks pretty damn good for 27$.
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Did you end up using the Cowboy Studio vinyl as a permanent screen? If so, how did it turn out.

I'm looking for a temporary solution for a 110" screen as I've exhausted my DIY budget finishing my basement.
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Hello unkle3474 !

Welcome to DIY Screens!

Well ya dredged up a 14 month post there! Might be problematical at best to expect an answer from a member who only posted 3 times, and the last one is the one above dated over a year ago.

The material revered to:
http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-Seamless-White-Background-VL-W9/dp/B005SSMSMM

...........seams like a worthy investment, even on a "chance" guess. It is listed as having a Matte white surface.

And it's encouraging to not that being a Vinyl material, once stretched across a Frame it's ripe for painting on at a later date should you wish to ramp up it's performance potential beyond that of a simple White surface.

Why not take the plunge and get some...try it, and report on it's applicability. And / or send the OP a PM. Unless he's dropped off the face of the Planet and does not receive notifications from AVS at all, he might respond quicker that way with the info you seek.

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For $27 I'll definitely give it a shot.

What would be the best way to frame this material? I'm assuming it's pretty lightweight, but not stretchable like say Spandex. Will I need a cross beam (if so paint it white?)

My projector is an Optoma HD6700 and it will be ceiling mounted right at 13', giving me an image anywhere from 105" to 115". Completely light-controlled room in a basement. Ceiling height will be 7'10"

I'll PM the OP to see if he had any luck, but I look forward to your suggestions as well. Painting it down the road sounds like a good idea as well.
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Construct a Frame from hand picked 1x3 Poplar, and lightly pull the Vinyl across and attach with Staples along the outside edge. The frame will need to be 102" x 60" on the "outside" to allow for a true 54" x 96" 110" screen area bordered with 3.25" Trim applied over the Frame /Staples.

A center Support might not be required if the materiel will pull out smooth with just a wee bit of tension. More important will be getting the assembly square and true, and supporting the Corners, be they Mitered (best) or Butt joined (...gettin' by...) with 12" on a side Triangles of a good grade 1/2 Plywood, attached to each corner "AFTER" you are assured it is square will take up most of any lateral tension a lightly pulled Screen will offer.

Will this Screen be hung directly against the Wall? If so, a Plywood extension dropping from the Top Cross member that then has a Commercially available "Hangman" French Cleat would work best. Applying a equally sized "Spacer" of Plywood on the Bottom Cross member will make the assembly hang Flat and not tilted.

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this seems like a good option for making a screen when the size of the TWH from lowes isn't big enough and you don't wont to paint directly on a wall. I need an option like this in next month for a 100+ inch screen that i can put on my wall and spray directly on or just use as a screen it self. You think I could spray S-I-L-V-E-R on this?? I would think it might be to hard to get this substrate flat and smooth. What do you think??
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I noticed light leaks through it (skip to 1:47). Wouldn't this be a problem with lower lumen projectors?

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The material arrived today. I'm knee deep in my basement remodel so won't be constructing the frame for some time. However, I plan on at least shooting onto it this weekend to see how it looks.
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Unkle3474: Could you go into detail about it's texture? In the pictures it appears to be a slightly coarse texture. How would you describe it?


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Not sure how I would describe it. It is a bit course (like many DIY screens I've seen).

Here is an image of it while unrolling it. The shiny side is on the right (still on the roll) and if you look to the left you can see the matte side.



Light does bleed through the screen. I'll capture some images of that this weekend. Right now I just have it stapled up (the entire sheet) on a bare stud wall that has white insulation behind it. In some instances while watching a movie last night I could see the stud running behind the middle of the picture. It's lightweight enough that I don't think it will need any cross supports. If I do use them they will need to be painted for sure.

Here is a quick shot I took while playing Skyrim on it today. I was originally shooting for a 110" screen, but I'm scaling it back to 104".



Hope that helps.
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