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post #1 of 5 Old 04-12-2012, 10:14 PM - Thread Starter
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Looking for some advice on whether this is a deal-breaker or not: I am looking at pairing a Sony VPL-HW30ES with an older Stewart Electric Firehawk screen.

Problem is, the current owner of the screen must have had something on the screen last time he rolled it up (and then apparently didn't use it for weeks), as I could see some indentations that got repeated down the screen. Maybe a bug? Question is, are those screen indentations that I saw permanent or can they be worked out (or would they even disappear after some time)?

Otherwise it's a very nice screen that would fit perfectly in our place and for a good price too, but after I noticed those indentations I knew they would always bug me (no pun intended).

Any hope for the screen or should I walk away?

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Offer him what you would be willing to pay for the screen with the dents.. if only $50 so be it.. You got the money and he has something he wants to sell and is going to have a very hard time selling. You gain nothing by walking away without at least making the low ball offer, except maybe a dented screen for almost free if the seller is ready to give up just to get it out of his house.. No idea if the dents will come out, but I surely would not count on it.
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I agree. Offer him a low amount of money, that way it's either a great steal or a low amount of money lost.
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Repeating dents are caused by a contaminant, usually a dead insect, which has come to rest on the non viewing side, often on the top of the roller. With a 3.25" roller tube, the "bug" is usually 10-11" above the first visible mark, on the reverse side. It's a fairly common situation, and often these sorts of dimples will reduce in visibility if you can remove the cause. Metallic based screens show the shadows more. Ask the seller to leave the screen down for several days, and inspect for a bug on top of the tube, when the fabric is fully extended. The decision is still yours, but it may be survivable. Good luck!

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Thanks everyone. I ended up buying the screen, as the dimples were nearly completely gone just by having the screen out overnight. Now I'm looking at the best way to mount it :-).

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