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I'm in the process of getting a screen ready for my HD65. I elected to go the Behr Silverscreen route and was looking for advice on building a frame for the picture that is projected directly on the wall. Is it recommended to have a frame around it? Or not? I was thinking of going with some quarter round or something like that painted black to frame out the picture since the room color is going to be different than the screen and this will help distinguish the screen more.

Any thoughts or suggestions for this noob?

Thanks
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I'm in the process of getting a screen ready for my HD65. I elected to go the Behr Silverscreen route and was looking for advice on building a frame for the picture that is projected directly on the wall. Is it recommended to have a frame around it? Or not? I was thinking of going with some quarter round or something like that painted black to frame out the picture since the room color is going to be different than the screen and this will help distinguish the screen more.

Any thoughts or suggestions for this noob?

Thanks

Having a frame around the picture is a matter of personal taste. A raised wood frame will give the illusion of a screen attached to the wall vs. a painted wall. A simple alternative is to get some velvet tape (see carlofet.com) and tape a border mask on. If you paint with black paint, you'll need a very flat paint and several coats, otherwise it will have a distracting sheen to it if part of the image is reflected on it. Black velvet tape will absorb all the light and give more pop to the image.

I personally like a 2" or greater border around a screen to give it some balance. A smaller border is less dramatic in my eyes, but again that's personal. Another problem with a small border is the image has to be exact or you'll get slight gaps around the border. A larger border has some image play to it, especially if there is any keystoning to deal with.
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Painted on Borders usually fail....sometimes badly...to effectively frame a screen. One issue being the ability to get a precise edging between the different painted surfaces. The other being that even with multiple coats of a Black paint, when the paint is applied to a flat surface, the reuslting degree of sheening allows any over spill of the image to be too easily seen when the projected content is of any brightness.

I've found that using thin MDF "primed Baseboard" Trim (3/8" - 7/16" x 3.25") keeps the "stand-off' from the wall from being too great (3/4" thick Trim is way overkill) yet the slight rise at the screen's actual "viewable" perimeter edge does allow a degree of "upward image crawl" at the vertical edge that can accommodate slight amounts of over spill coming from excessive zoom sizing, slight miscues in formatting, and key stoning irregularities that cannot be corrected.

The Disney Color "Mouse Ears" is about as good a non-reflective Black as can be found, yet it will reflect directed light. If you save a bundle by painting the wall, it would seem prudent to go the extra mile with the Trim, get the MDf, and some very affordable Triple Plush Black Velvet....,
http://www.syfabrics.com/View.aspx/P...Velvet/681/264 .....and wrap & staple it onto the Trim.

You could Miter or Butt the trim at the corners. (...if you "Butt" you should trim off the baseboard's "curve"...) Hanging such trim onto the drywall is as simple as driving some 2' bright Finish nails through it into a few of the available studs, and the rest simply through into the Drywall. Set those nail heads with a nail Set/Punch to a point below the surface of the velvet.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...218&highlight=

Nothing else remotely affordable exists that can equal the light absorptive qualities of the proper type of Black Velvet, and look (...and feel...) so good doing it. Only the Self Adhesive Telescope Flocking material called "ProtoStar' equals/excels over Triple Plush Black Velvet,
http://www.fpi-protostar.com/flock.htm ...but at $75.00 per each 30" x 200" Roll, it comes in at over $50.00 more expensive that velvet....$35.00 more if one factors in the cost of the MDF Trim @ $0.60 lf

Your trim is your finishing touch. Don't scrimp on it lest your DIY project wind up looking....well, too "DIY" .
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This is all good stuff! Thanks for all of your help everyone. Looks like I'll have something to do this weekend
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