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an updated thread can be found here
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5&page=1&pp=30

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I was wonder if it is the same fabric I ran across a little while back. http://www.***************.com/forum...cfm?which=5975

Is a vinyl backed nylon fabric or more like a satin?
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its not backed by anything, its like satin.
it has a smooth somewhat reflective surface.

there is a portion of the screen that is not covered behind by the wall directly and there is no difference between that portion and the portion in front of the wall. So I suppose the fabric does a good job reflecting light.

the fabric is stretchy.
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here is a picture of the old screen, it actually looks better in real life, but the camera seems to have a difficult time capturing the image,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...diy/hddvd4.jpg

here is a similar image on the new screen with the same camera setting

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd4.jpg

here are more pictures from the new screen, panny 900u and hd a1 hd dvd

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/RnBdiy/hd10.jpg
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I'd be very interested in trying this fabric out. What is it called or do you happen to have the SKU?

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I'd be interested in getting a product name of SKU # too if you have it available.

Is it available in larger sizes?
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I would be very interested in this fabric also, hope you post back as I imagine your sales slip if you still have it has the sku
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Don't you hate it when you get interested in some thing like this and never get an answer. Hope there is nothing wrong with the original poster, surely he wouldn't get everyone interested and not have the time to answer one simple question.

What is the SKU number?

Go figure.

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I would be very interested in this fabric also, hope you post back as I imagine your sales slip if you still have it has the sku
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Send RnB180 a private message and see if he is available. He may be having trouble finding out what it is. If he does not have the bill he may need to make a trip back to the store with a piece of the fabric. he will get a pm the next time he logs in.
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Send RnB180 a private message and see if he is available. He may be having trouble finding out what it is. If he does not have the bill he may need to make a trip back to the store with a piece of the fabric. he will get a pm the next time he logs in.
tiddler,

I suppose it couldn't hurt to ask. Actually for me it is not that critical, as I doubt it will be that much of a find, I am skeptical of of the shelf solutions. If I knew the SKU I would go have a look at it, you never know what you might find.
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Mind you it does seem a bit odd that he took the time to post the screen shots but not to identify the fabric.
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I'm stopping by my local JoAnn's today, after work. If I find anything like what the original poster describes, I'll post details.
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I visited Johan’s and could not find the fabric described above. I did see the sportlight material that has mention in other threads (white and grey made with polyester) but the fabric was too thin for my application. I would gather that this is the same fabric. However the pictures are great here and the projector focused and calibrated.

I went with canvas but have not painted (awaiting results from Tiddler's research Thanks for the research and application!)
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Hey thanks for reporting your findings. I think I will drop by and have a look at that fabric myself. The closest Joanns to me is an older one and often their inventory is lacking. I will let everyone know what I found.

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Since this fabric seems rather thin, would it be useful to stretch this across a border and then stretch BO fabric behind it?
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If I can find the fabric, I'll be stretching it over an existing BO cloth screen, so I can let you know how that looks. I hope to have something this weekend...
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That would be fantastic, thanks.

I was all set to order my projector along with all the odds and ends I'll need - but I left my wallet at home today! So I'm still a few weeks from having everythign set up anyway.

I'll most likely project on to a white wall to begin with, but I find the idea of a stretched fabric screen really attractive.
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If you were to use two layers of fabric, a base layer of a bright white cloth with some gain, and cover it with a very translucent tight weave material (maybe Mosquito netting), would that be a Light Fusion II screen? :cool:

Just think you could roll it up for shipping. The savings in shipping would allow you to undercut the price of an acrylic mirror Light Fusion screen. You may be on to something here! :D
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Friends, I'm afraid I have only bad news. My trip to Joanns was met with defeat. Not only could I not find the mythical gray fabric (nor sportlight), but my attempts to explain the light reflective properties of the perfect home theatre screen seemed to have been totally lost of the 60 year old lady who, I am sure, regrets trying to help me.
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Well I found a material at JoAnn's that matches the description of the original poster's material. If it is the exact same one I do not know. I tried it and it was just two dark for my taste, it mutes the colors too much for me. It did give a bit better ambient light performance.

I will be returning it today for a refund.

While the picture was watchable and might suit your taste and setup it isn't what I want with my Sanyo PLV-Z4.

Here is the description directly from the receipt:

4628566 Platinum Casa Crepe

This JoAnn's is having a Founders Day Sale until September the 11th. Your mileage may vary.

It was on sale at $3.99 a yard


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Just FYI. This may vary by store but, you usually can't return fabric that they've cut for you.

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Just FYI. This may vary by store but, you usually can't return fabric that they've cut for you.
I didn't think that you could either, but the lady working at JoAnns told me on a previous purchase that as long as I did not cut the material they would accept it back. So I took it back and purchased this last sample, and they did refund the previous material purchase of 3 yards.

I have not taken back the most recent material, the one I posted here about yet.
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Yesterday I got a chance to look for this at my local Joann's. What I found matches the OP's I think. It's stretchy, light grey/silver back and grey smooth suede(?)/silver front.. The descripition 8357121 Frost Grey Solid Mic. The sale price was $9.09/yd. I'll try to check it out with my Beng 7800 tonight and give my feelings on it.
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Checked out this material from my previous post and it's not the same as OP's. Darken the picture too much! My Benq 7800 only has 30+ hrs, so it's the material. :(
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sorry about the late response, I didnt realize this thread was still alive until I received a pm and decided to revisit this forum. I dont know what the sku is, Ill be at church sat and sun, which has the joannes fabric store near there, I will swing by and look for the fabric details. I no longer have the receipt.

the fabric is really stretchy so be careful if you are stapling. This is my first diy screen so I made the mistake of over tightening the fabric and stapling. which caused dents into the fabric where it was stretched and stapled.

there is no muted colors with my screen. if anything the contrast ratio was boost and the colors became richer, i.e. blues bluer..

the pictures taken above were done before I recalibrated the gamma levels and the picture improved dramatically in terms of shadow detail. I also notice fine details and subtle color shifts on material that was never present on my older matte white 1.3 gain screen.

the surface is ever so slightly glossy like silk and resembles silver light grey almost. also the fabric seems to work well at rejecting ambient light a lot better than my old screen and there is no hotspotting that i can see from any point in my room. light distribution seems even across, except on some overly bright scenes, which will expose the dents I made from where the fabric was stapled.
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I have been trying to research this material. From the Joann.com

http://www.joann.com/shop/shop_zoom.jhtml;$sessionid$ONYLVHQAAFTZUP4SY5LRHOR50LD3UEPO? CATID=96033&PRODID=41805&SKUID=44492&_requestid=430716

This looks a little dark, but it is hard to know when comparing fabric. Not sure if this is it or not. RnB180, you might want to do a search for silver and grey on joann.com and see if one of the titles jogs your memory?
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Could it have been this one? Found in a Joann's Fabric store in Conyers Ga.
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Anything new on this? weldonjb, did you try any of the sun silky?
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No joy yet. I am one of those DIY projector guys, and it is still in progress, but as soon as I get the images cranking out, I will test my Sun Silky sample and report back. For me, it is not a viable solution, since it only comes in 44" widths.
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