Originally Posted by Brownsfanatic55
Does anyone still frequent this forum? I am just getting into buying a projector and am looking to make a screen. Any help on the current state of affairs on this topic would be appreciated. Thanks
Are you kidding? 'Cmon now...the last time you posted was in August!
While you've been wasting valuable time deciding to get into "The Big Picture", many of us have helped dozens like you obtain exactly what your just now getting around to considering.
Where have Ya all
Ok...so now your here...what to do?
First off, this Thread is most likely is not the place to be. Here is why. There is no "Parkland Plastic" that is ideally suited "as is" for Screen use anymore. Sadly, the Folks at Parkland Plastic made a final decision to avoid being suppliers of a material that could be used so easily used as Screen material..
A few years back, due to aggressive promotion on this Forum in avocation of the use of Polywall, demand for the stuff soared. At first PP started complaining about all the individual orders they had to fill and ship as being way too much trouble. Then.....PP took advantage of the demand and quickly raised it's price by over 2x it's original amount...and even listed it on their Web Site as "Front Projection" Screen material. Quite frankly, only the availability of sheets in the 5' x 10' size is what made it so very desirable. But it was just so very obvious that in making what was to be construed as a "business decision" based on PP having to fill so many individual orders, raising the price by double was pretty extreme and very much overly opportunistic.
Well, that didn't go over well with cheapskate DIY'ers, and what with DoAble Board coming into the picture at 1/3rd the cost (even with it being limited to 4' x 8') and the more rigid Wilson Art Laminates,(...and whose "Designer White's" performance was superior to PPP) whose price was the same as the Parkland product, demand for the PP-Polywall dropped precipitously. Instead of reacting with understanding, and dropping the price even a little, Parkland Plastic reacted by stopping production of the Polywall as it was originally formulated, and introducing it again with a texture and coating that made in NOT effective for use as a Screen material. Sort of a "Back 'atcha all in yer face"
response to all of our resistance to the price increase.
Still, after all the elapsed time since then, Parkland's popularity, and the constant bumping of this Thread...
... has still kept many interested. But if you check and you'll find no effectively good reviews about any current Parkland product. You could get a big sheet, flip it over, and use the smoother rear side to paint on...but there are Mo Bedder
choices that cost the same to consider that don't require painting...or that can be painted with advanced DIY Paint applications for even more superb performance.
So here's what to do......
Start a new thread titled; "Looking for a great DIY Screen to go with a Great Projector"
No need to wander about the PJ Forums, many po DIY Screens can give sage advice on such a selection.
but we do need your help to match up a DIY Screen to a specific PJ based on the following critera.
- Will it be for a dedicated Theater, or Family Room use?
- Will lighting be controlled, directed, or absent alltogether during viewing?
- What color are the Walls, and the Cieling/
- Where (how far from the screen) will you sit?
- What will the majority of your viewed content consist of?
- How big is your room? Dimensions?
- How big of a Screen would you like?
- Are you rollin' in dough...or just as cheap as most all of us?
Provide the info requested in that new Thread and I Gar-ren-tea ya a rapid response.