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I have been following this thread for a while, and contributed some at the beginning. THought I would chime in--perhaps some will find this to benefit them.
I used a somfy motor that I bought for blinds, and an aluminum pole designed for the somfy motor. It was a bit more than I usually pay, but it was worth it for the IR remote and limits that could be set (incidentally, not only are there stops for fully retracted and fully extended, but intermediate stops as well, if people want to use them for constant width aspect ratio changes.
Anyway, my screen is a roll of vinyl that I picked up from the local fabric store, originally white, but painted with one of Tiddler's paint concoctions. I painted borders as well for 2.35:1 aspect ratio (8 feet wide). The motor works like a charm. The nice thing about the vinyl is that it is very thick, and lays very flat with no wrinkling at all. One slight issue is that it has a slight memory, so when the screen retracts, there is a slight curve at the bottom that lasts for about 30 seconds or so, then lays completely flat. There is another slight issue I have with curling along the vertical sides, but I am planning to add some tab tensioners to the side to straighten that up. Overall, we are very pleased.
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