Originally Posted by dkrispin
Out Standing results, I should have known you had already faced this problem to some degree. The picture is even with the full sun surprised me.
It was indeed a challenge....to make this Stair Landing Common Room into anything remotely resembling a Big Screen Theater. But don't think I was happy about it! It was more difficult, and more costly than any "real"
DIY substrate application on the weight of having to use a Mfg Retractable Screen alone, let alone having to deal with the logistics of cosmetically mounting the Screen so as to make it not be there
when not in use.
But ya gotta know i heard a great many Women say, "That's a Big Screen I can live with, Dear."
Now I do have couple of question that I didn't see an answer to in the thread.
1. Does the base screen type mater i.e. material and what kind was it?
A Bright Matte White Screen material, as smooth as possible is best. If one starts out with a light HC Gray, for best results it should be primed with a bright white Primer (BullsEye 123 is best for this instance...)
2. Is the screen still retractable?
Absolutely. During the Show itself I demo'd that aspect at least 35-40 times. If it was not possible, then I'd have hung a solid over the window and gone that route. But of course the Builder (...and any subsequent Home Owners...) would never allowed that to happen.
3. Does the paint suffer any side effects from being rolled up?
No...not a bit, but after it is sprayed the Screen should remain in the "down" position for at least 2-3 days (...longer if possible...) to allow the paint surface to tighten and cure. The paint itself is very flexible, due to the coating being both very thin overall, as well as the constitutional make-up of the paint itself being made up of both flexible Latex Acrylic compounds and a healthy dose of Polyurethane. Even better still, the fully cured surface is wipe-able with a damp cloth to remove any light finger smudges or marks some little Cretin might introduce. Even something drastic like a pencil mark or crayon smear can be removed and the area touched up. That would NEVER
be possible with ANY
Mfg Screen that did not posses such a coating.
4. Are tab tensioner's a must?
Not irrevocably so, but with any Retractable that is Tab Tensioned, you have a straighter, stiffer surface that is far less apt to develop any waves or curling at the edges. That's why they make 'em like that...to be better than Retractable-s that merely hang. And...this also works to one's advantage when spraying onto such a taunt surface, as the material is less prone to moving about, and especially "NOT"
contracting as the thin paint is curing. Once the surface is done curing, any such surface held straight will remain straight.
5. With the added weight does the motor have any issue retracting the screen?
No...the additional 2-3 lbs of paint (2+ US quarts) is no strain on the Comfey Tube Motors most current Mfg Retractable Screens use.
Sorry I'm an Engineer when I see something like this my geek comes out and I have to know how it works.
Thanks for the tips.
Sho Nuff. It was my own "Geekiness' that got me started exploring how to make promising but failed DIY Screen applications workable, way back in 2002. That, and the fact so many were saying it couldn't be done...that a DIY Screen application could never match or exceed any Mfg version. That applied double to Ambient Light Screen apps. The initial Sony Chroma-Vue owners threw down a Gauntlet (...a "challenge" if you will...) for us DIY'ers to come up with a application that could duplicate the end results of what was then a pretty amazing Mfg Screen. And a grossly over priced one as well.
We nailed it down in about 3-4 weeks time. The rest is AVS DIY Screen History. (...and with a bit of "histrionics" tossed in by a few...as our success PO'd those same SONY CV users to no end.