Originally Posted by scubasteve2365
I made some of these masks yesterday and also watched I Am Legend as my first scope movie.
I was unable to find the product you mentioned at Lowe's, well I wasn't able to find that product number. I took the product number to the customer service desk and it wasn't in their system at all. In their "styrofoam" section there weren't any 2x8 sheets. I have a 110" 16:9 screen and actually went with a 4x9' [yes I did type nine] because I wanted to trim it for an exact snug fit. I purchased the tougher styrofoam. I think it was called "R3" or something to that effect. I paid ~$13 for the sheet, even though I didn't need most of it.
I used spray adhesive to glue the velvet to the styrofoam panels and it worked perfectly. The adhesive did have a very insignificant reaction to the outer layer of the styrofoam that made it seem like it melted [very slight reaction]. I found this to be a good thing as it allowed me to drag my finger across the edges of the panels and actually make them more straight.
I'm glad I made these panels. It's a worthwhile project that will cost you very little and only take about 2 hours of time at most. I have them in place in just a few seconds. This will last until I attempt to put my engineering degree to use and develop an automated masking system.
Thanks for the tip!
Glad to hear it worked out for you! I wonder if the foam availability is regional and this is why you couldn't find the same product I used?
I know you said they were a worthwhile project, it would be great to hear some of your comments on how they improved your viewing experience.
Lastly how about some pics?
Originally Posted by cburbs
So I wonder if screen1 or screen2 would look better out of these options?
My screen is DIY with a painted black border....
So either I could paint the item I use black or go with black velvet...
Hanging options: velcro, magnets, or nails which were all suggested
I can see a slight light spill with my current black border not horrible but probably not as good as
Black velvet is definitely your best option, it really devours light. Just look at my two lights out shots above. In the one with masks you can't even see my pause icon, it is completely absorbed by the velvet panel. But without the masks you can easily see the pause icon projecting on the white screen surface.
I am not really clear on what you are trying to show with those 2 screen options, please explain it.
Lastly I would go for the snug friction fit. These masks are so lightweight that velcro, nails or other methods are unnecessary. It is really quick and easy to just place them in your screen frame when needed and not have to worry about hanging them on some sort of retaining device.