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What should I look for in a used screen?

I have an opportunity to get a steal on a da-lite screen. The guy says that there are no blemishes or flaws but it has been stored for a while. Is that an issue? Is there anything I should look for in person other than stains and rips?

I am currently using a DIY screen with the famed grey laminate material. I am assuming I will see improvement switching to a much more expensive alternative.

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I sold my Stewart Firehawk 110'' 16.9 screen on ebay and before I sold it I had to stretch the screen out because it was in storage for a few years. When I first put the screen material on the frame it had a bunch of wrinkles on it. Stewart said that was normal after storing the screen for a few years and they sent me an email on how to fix that problem which was basically take a blow dryer and heat up the screen a little and stretch it back to normal form again. After a few days of doing this and letting the screen cool back down heating and stretching again they all went away. I'm not sure how the da-lite screen goes on the frame but this is what I did for my Stewart screen. Hope this helps if you buy it.

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I have an opportunity to get a steal on a da-lite screen. The guy says that there are no blemishes or flaws but it has been stored for a while. Is that an issue? Is there anything I should look for in person other than stains and rips?

I am currently using a DIY screen with the famed grey laminate material. I am assuming I will see improvement switching to a much more expensive alternative.

Thanks
If the screen is retractable open it all the way up and examine it. Make sure it retracts.
Don't pay asking price. Screens cost a fortune to ship as they must be shipped freight, so if it is a retractable screen and local you are in the drivers seat. I Paid $300 for a dalite HP 2.8 several years ago and the seller was happy to get rid of it.. Why on in any gods name he did not want that screen is beyond me.. could be cause he was not using it correctly. Good luck!

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Thanks for the advise.

I went ahead and picked it up. It is a da-lite contour 106" fixed screen.

I think I got a steal. The guy had picked it up at a yardsale so he had no ties to its original price - I used that, the fact that he didn't know which screen material it was and that it needed to be cleaned to my advantage.

Walked away with it for $140.
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Here is a quick shot.
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Here is a quick shot.
So what fabric is it? Could be HP but looks very dirty. When you take a flash photo of and HP from a good distance the screen should light up like there is a projector shining on it with no single spot like you see in your image. However I am guessing that was a phone photo from close up which could look like that on a dirty HP..

Contact dalite for a screen fabric sample pack it is free, then compare it to your screen if you have nothing else to go on.
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Unfortunately it is not a high power screen - I wish.

This is more silver. Not sure which it is...it does have a little reflectivity as you can see in the close up.
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Unfortunately it is not a high power screen - I wish.

This is more silver. Not sure which it is...it does have a little reflectivity as you can see in the close up.
I would guess it is the High Contrast Cinema Version.
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Wow - very helpful! Thanks! I would guess you are right by looking at those samples.

My current theater setup is the rec area at the top of our stairs. It is non-dedicated. The windows have been tinted but ambient light is still not perfect. So, the high contrast will be good.

The only bummer is he didn't have the mount to attach it to the wall. I'll have to get one of those.
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Before you do that, you may want to rig it so it can be test it without mounting. Make sure it does not hot spot with your projector ..

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I have an opportunity to get a steal on a da-lite screen. The guy says that there are no blemishes or flaws but it has been stored for a while. Is that an issue? Is there anything I should look for in person other than stains and rips?

I am currently using a DIY screen with the famed grey laminate material. I am assuming I will see improvement switching to a much more expensive alternative.

Thanks
The vinyl fabrics from Da-Lite are well known for leaking plasticizers and become sticky and sparkly. This is quite difficult to clean. Make sure it's not the case for this screen.
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