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post #1 of 8 Old 12-18-2000, 07:39 PM - Thread Starter
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I dyed my screen gray. It took 2 tries/2 sheets, but it turned out great. I got it very close to the shade I had found worked best when I was playing with paint. Here is what I did. Wash a new king size sheet and leave it wet. Mix 1-tsp. dry [black dye 15] 1-tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons laundry detergent dissolved in 1-cup hot water in a bowl. Fill the tub in your washing machine for a medium load, "or the one at the local laundromat". When it starts agitating pour in the dye mixture. When it is fully mixed put in the sheet. Let it run for about 5 min. Then drain and rinse. Then wash it with detergent in a regular load. If it is 2 dark do not bleach it like I did on the first one. I will be a nice Rose/gray/Pink. That will go on my bed. I used 2-tsp. of dye on the first on too dark. After your done with the sheet and it is in the dryer. Run a load of bleach and detergent "no clothes" through the washing machine to clean out any left over dye. Good luck.

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Sounds interesting. How gray did you make it?


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It is not that dark. I don't have a scale to judge it buy. I will try to get something so that others can have a refence. I like it really made a difference on the black and color contrast.

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Bwolff:

Thanks for sharing your ideas and experiences!

A few questions:
- What brand / fabric content (ie cotton vs. poly) / thread count sheets did you use?
- What brand dye did you use?
- How are you mounting the sheet for use in a screen?
- What is the finished size of your screen?

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The sheet was a cheep one from Wall mart It is cotton and I think it is 180 count? It was $15. It lets a lot of light through. I might consider using a tight muslin weave next time. I can get that through a guy I know. It comes up too 12feet wide I think. I am not sure how it will take dye. The Dye I used was Rit 15 black I think. I will check when I get home. I am using 1x4 for the frame and I stapled the sheet to the outside. The screen is 96inches across, and it is a 4.3 format. I don't have any masking yet. The screen is temp until I get my room done. Right now I have plastic drop cloths for the walls, and plastic lawn chairs to sit on.

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Bwolff:

Thanks for info. That's a pretty good sized screen (8 ft. x 6 ft. --> 10 ft diagonal), considering the fact that it's i) gray and ii) lets a lot of light through. Is it bright enough for you? What kind of projector are you using?

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I have a Mitsubushi VL2000 LCD. At 500 lumens I think it is pleanty bright enough. I have total light control in my basement. I love the picture.

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