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post #1 of 7
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I installed a Da-Lite Tensioned Cosmopolitan 16:9 92x52 (106 diagonal) Da-Mat 1.1 gain screen several weeks ago. When the screen is lowered out of its case, it smells like... well, it's hard to describe... it has this petroleum-like smell. It seems to have diminished some, but it is definitely still there. What is it and will it ever go away?

Also, small black marks (dots) are showing up on the screen. They look like marker marks. They weren't there originally, but several have appeared. Are these marks coming off the backing onto the front when the screen is rolled up? I tried washing them off with Ivory dishwashing soap and water with no success. They aren't distracting, but I'm curious.
post #2 of 7
I have the same odor when extracting my Da-Lite Video Spectra screen. It's not as strong now as when I initially got it about 2 months ago but you can still smell it. I'm guessing it's from whatever they use to create the black borders but I've been wrong before.

Can't help you with the black spots. Mine is completely white.

Petey
post #3 of 7
Black spots and a smell...

Is the screen in a fairly damp location (like a basement)?Could be mold.
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Originally posted by TimC
Black spots and a smell...

Is the screen in a fairly damp location (like a basement)?Could be mold.
Definitely not mold. Doesn't smell like mold and the spots look like someone touched the screen with a black magic marker. No, I don't have kids... but maybe my wife is trying to sabotage my expensive hobby! ;)
post #5 of 7
Hm, black spots and a smell...

Jokes aside (cough) it could be a lubricant for the mechanism or screen-protectant. And being hydrocarbon-based, this may be breaking down the color on the backing.
post #6 of 7
Hi Matt,
I hate to bring up the obvious, but did you call and ask Da-Lite about this? If the screen is new, then I am sure they would replace it.

Don
post #7 of 7
augie,
The smell is normal, leave it down and let it cure yo fit your environment, the smell will go away. The back dots need to be brought to the attention of the mfg fast, I think Da-lite has a card in the box that says to call right away if there is a defect or carton damage, Doug
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