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I have one week to get a screen finished for less than $100 ish. Applications, 16x9 for outdoor viewing of movies and sports at night. Options, looking into the spandex post, this could be good bc of the light weight but bad bc it will be stored in the garage and subject to snags when transporting between the back yard and garage. Wilsonart DW, need to see of I can get it together by friday, especially since it is special order. Formica white in stock laminate at Lowes, not sure of the model number but it is about $45 for a 4x8 sheet and it is in stock. Thrift white hard board, needs to be painted I have read bc of hotspotting but could be a quick solution for this weekend. Each of the above will have a frame built.

Other options?

Which is the best above.

HD Cable box and a blue ray will be the source. I have an old epson projector right that will be used this weekend and is not HD, but am looking into getting an Optoma HD 66 in the enxt few weeks.

Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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THRIFTY WHITE

Incredibly Cheap. Super Quick. Easily resurfaced if scratched. Only it's size limitations hold it down compared to Spandex, and a Spandex Screen of reasonable size could built so as to be removed...folded...and stored, then re-stretched again if you use a Perimeter Clamping set up.
post #3 of 7
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I am going to build a frame and have space to hang it in the garage when not in use and it is out of the way so portablility is a must which is why melamine is not an option because of the weight.

Max size with a 4x8 would be 98" diag. I will do some more research on this but if Thrifty is the way to go here, based on some research on here, it does not look to be the best option without some modification. MM you mentioned resurface, could you expand on this?
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I am going to build a frame and have space to hang it in the garage when not in use and it is out of the way so portablility is a must which is why melamine is not an option because of the weight.

Max size with a 4x8 would be 98" diag. I will do some more research on this but if Thrifty is the way to go here, based on some research on here, it does not look to be the best option without some modification. MM you mentioned resurface, could you expand on this?

You have to paint it...using a Elastomeric Paint resaistant to moisture and scratches. One that is Gray yet reflective so you can start watching at Sundown, and maintain a great image even under Tikki Lamps

The TWH only costs $12.00 a sheet, so purchasing some paint and even rolling on instead of spraying is a very doable solution.

Time seems to be a mian restraint...and unless you somehow can blunder into a 4'x 8' sheet of Wilson Art Fashion Gray...I really think you should go that route.
post #5 of 7
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4x8 of TWHW is the route I am going to go. After reading the sticky at the top of the forum I am going to paint the board. Looks like the Behr Exterior 4850 is the way to go. Bouns is that I have 3/4 of a can untinted already. Now to the gray tint, based on having some ambient light because I will be viewing outside what level of gray should I go? Is the mix itself a DIY or is it something that HD will mix up for me and what do I need to tell them to get the correct tint? Thanks to MM for all of your help.
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MM does the Elastomeric Paint you referred to equal the Behr Exterior paint or is it something else? I have HD and lowes nearby. Next to the grey tint, is this on the color pallet at the HD or is a special mix that I need to do by hand. I picked up the TWHB last night and am building the frame tonight. Height will be 48" with a 2 or 3" velvet boarder. Depending on the border width will dictate the actual diaganol. I have been doing as much searches as possible but some of the information on this DIY site is a bit overwhelming. Links would be great.

FYI, I plan to use a roller as I do not have a sprayer.
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MM does the Elastomeric Paint you referred to equal the Behr Exterior paint or is it something else? I have HD and lowes nearby. Next to the grey tint, is this on the color pallet at the HD or is a special mix that I need to do by hand. I picked up the TWHB last night and am building the frame tonight. Height will be 48" with a 2 or 3" velvet boarder. Depending on the border width will dictate the actual diaganol. I have been doing as much searches as possible but some of the information on this DIY site is a bit overwhelming. Links would be great.

FYI, I plan to use a roller as I do not have a sprayer.

Good Day from Jolly 'Ol Blighty

Under the circumstaces, what I'd suggest is going with one of the NG 7.5 shade of Gray, and adding 30% Polyurethane to the Base/Tint.

Take that 3/4 Gallon (...less a 4-6 oz. smidgin...) into HD, after having gone by Lowes to PU a quart of Minwax Satin Poly (water based). Add the Poly before you get there....and mix it in as well by hand as you can. Then have the Dude / Dude'et at the Paint Counter tint it according to a "3/4" gallon figure.

He'll then shake the Gallon mix up and your good to go. If for some reason he refuses, you'll have to spring for a Squirrel Cage Mixing tool. But if so, before you go...whop him upside his Punkin' head with the Mixer fur me.

The Elastomeric Paint I was refering to was a white Roof Paint that will accept tint readily. It has a perponderance of Acrylic Latex in it....and it is water based. After drying it WILL NOT deteriorate under a solid stream of water, and is extremely resistant to scratching off because it also will adhere to the painted TWH as is...being a paint designed to grip bare sheet metal.

The Behr w/Poly will come close...and still be durable with any degree of care taken when transporting / storing. It certainly will be cheaper since you already have it in possesion.

Follow the Rolling instructions provided by Tiddler...but use a light touch....don't bear down on the roller. Use a freahs Roller for every coat for a truely perfect finish. Add a generous supply of Popcorn and Beer and your all set.

Get'ter Dun!
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