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Hi. I used to work for a large format printing company. We used epson 60 inch printers, and large format vinyl printers. My wife currently works there, and I am having her bring home samples of .030 Styrene (50"x99" - which is $12.79), 60"x120" 3mm sintra ($32.62). It occurred to me that many of the tradeshow graphic materials might be useful for this as well, and since it's on a roll, it's able to go much wide, and be easier to transport.

A lot of the vinyl it totally opaque. I would think I could wrap it around a frame and staple it to pull it tight. Many of the tradeshow materials are actually thin plastic that can be put on a surface with 3m spray mount. This stuff is much more rigid, but still rolls up tight, and rolls out flat.

I was just wondering if anyone had tried using printer media for screens. Of course you couldnt use paper, but there is a lot of choices when it comes to opaque materials as well.

Regards,
Jarrett

PS, this is for my panasonic pt-ar100u. I left a rectangle of my wall unpainted, and the rest a dark blue. It would be fine as is...but the wall is a textured wood paneling, and i would not like to think about how long it would take me to fill the ridges and sand them back down again. I am hoping one of the materials she brings will allow me to spray mount it and then nail a frame made of molding around it.
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Sintra is the preferred Substrate....however 6mm is more utilized because it hangs straighter, and requires a far less rigid Frame.
3mm Sintra in the 120" x 60" ( and even larger) is silly inexpensive, and if it is treated like a Laminate and adhered to a Flat surface without creating ridges or bumps, it can in fact do a stupendiffrious job accepting a painted coating.

Some time back, the idea of printing a dot Matrix of Red / Green / Blue onto Vinyl was tossed about, and a few small'ish samples were obtained.
Not much came of that, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't a valid idea as much as it does that the idea wasn't carried far / long enough.
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What does the dot matrix do? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm just wondering what the reasoning behind it would be.

The price my wife had for 3mm sintra was really good. I'm getting samples tonight, plus some scrap vinyl rolls for texting. It maybe that I can use a lo-tac spray adhesive on the 3mm, and stick it straight to the paneling, and that would remove the need to build a dedicated frame, plus it's half as heavy, so there would be less stress on the wall.

One other thing I have seen is tradeshow media. Normally it is a thin white polyester film. It's highly reflective, and thin like 1 mil thin. But that's not the interesting thing. This media is normally created in two pieces. A silvered backer (a thicker polyester film) is applied to give the front media some needed rigidity. The backer is very reminiscent of the high gain screens (excuse my lack of technical terminology) that seem to have reflective beads adhered to the surface. The surface is even, smooth, and slightly reflective. I will test how it works.

The good news is that most of these media rolls come in sizes up to 80" wide, and 100 feet long. Something in this industry will yield an acceptable picture, I am sure.

Now the downside will be that over time, there would be some yellowing...but it would be minimal. Your cost per square foot would be so low, you could just cut a new piece off your roll every two years. (I estimate cost per roll to be less than $150.)

Something to think about.
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