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Hi! I have had a Da-Lite Tensioned Contour Electrol screen with Cinema Vision fabric that I purchased in May 2007. The aspect ratio is 16:9 and the viewing area is 133 inches diagonal.
Over the years, the fabric has developed a stickiness and became sparkly due to the low-quality vinyl leaching plasticizers from the material. I cleaned both the front and back surfaces in three occasions with isopropyl alcohol and, although the results were relatively good, they were never perfect and the stickiness returned after a few months. The cleaning operations were also tedious, lasting for up to six hours. Needless to say, this is not something I look forward to continuing doing it.
Originally, the screen came with a one-year warranty. So, when I later called Da-Lite to complain about the stickiness problem, I was told I was out of luck.
It may be cost-effective now to order a replacement fabric roller from Da-Lite for, I think, about half the cost of an entire new screen assembly. The downside is that the Tensioned Contour Electrol screen assembly comes now with a five-year warranty period, whereas the replacement fabric roller is warranted only for one year.
Question 1: Has Da-Lite addressed the issue of leaching plasticizers (i.e. stickiness) in the newer fabric materials, like the JKP HD Progressive fabrics? The longer warranty period for new screen assemblies may suggest they did but, by ordering the replacement fabric roller, would I be assuming a much higher risk?
My screen is installed in a room with light-coloured walls and the seating/viewing distance is at 12 feet from the screen. I am mostly watching Blu-ray films with all lights off. I am debating about whether to select the JKP HD Progressive 1.3 or the JKP HD Progressive 1.1 fabric. Given that my current Cinema Vision fabric has a gain of 1.3, I am tempted to go with the former.
Question 2: From your experience with the JKP HD Progressive screen fabrics from Da-Lite, would you advise me to go with the 1.3 or 1.1 gain?
Question 3: What is the overall experience that you had with the JKP HD Progressive screen fabrics from Da-Lite? Would you recommend them?
Thank you very much.