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DIY Screen advice for Sony HW50

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi I just moved into my first house and want to build a HT in my livingroom and could need some advice.

The projector will be a Sony HW50 that I already ordered and the screen diag. should be between 110" and 115".
Throwing distance will be 11.8ft.
Use is 100% BluRay and just a few 3D movies from time to time.
AT is not necessary.

Dimension of the room LxW is 13.3ft x 10.8ft with lots of light.
I will take care of that problem with blackout curtains as good as I can and only use it evening/night.

Even though the room has drywalls I think I would prefer a framescreen or do you recommend me a painted screen?

Here are some pics of the room. (The Epson is just a testunit)




I don´t have a fixed budget, I just want the best bang for the buck.

It would be graet if somebody could lead me in the right direction. Your help is much appreciated.

Thanks
post #2 of 11
I strongly suggest working with the wall, and using the best representative Paint from either the "Roll" or Spray" varieties.

With just a little effort you can prep up a perfect surface. That's 2/3rds the battle won. It's not about budget, more about doing something as good as possible.

THAT is what getting "the most Bang for the Buck" is all about. A judicious effort comprised of sufficient effort and correct spending, and getting results that far outstrip the effort / expenditure.

So tell us....what type of condition is the Screen Wall in? Texture? You want a flat wall, but it does not have to be perfectly flat....just not "wavy".

For "Best Results" a skimming of the wall surface (2x then sand) ....a Sprayed White Primer Coat (x2 minimum) and Silver Fire v2.5 2.0 sprayed on as well. (...4-5 Duster coats..lightly sand between the 3rd - 4th coats...) Use this excellent Sprayer. http://www.gleempaint.com/noname.html You'll find many more uses, everyone does.

For best "Pop for your Pennies".....roll on the primer, sand, roll again, sand, then using a thinned neutral Gray of the 8.0 Munsell range, roll on 2 coats "lightly", sand, and roll on a light finish coat. All rollers are 3/16" Nap 9" "Lint Free High Quality Finish Rollers.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for your help MM!
Regarding the wall I´m afraid it is to wavy. There are some high spots (about 1/10 inch). Not really flat.

Do you still recommend a painted screen?

Thank you!
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Seppelrator View Post

Thank you very much for your help MM!
Regarding the wall I´m afraid it is to wavy. There are some high spots (about 1/10 inch). Not really flat.

Do you still recommend a painted screen?

Thank you!

Well first off, if all you have is about 1/10th inch deformity, that would not show up in any way during your showing a projected image. It would however be noticeable if you had the lights up, the PJ off, and you stood directly to the side and looked across the painted surface. Even then, 1/10th inch is very small....mostly we hear about things being 1/4 inch or more.

If it really is out only 1/10", iffin' it were me...I'd use the wall, and just concentrate on getting it smoothed out. By using a long straight edge, and scraping it down the wall, you highlight the higher areas, and make the low points more apparent. You then apply a skim of Drywall compound to just the low spots. Sand those areas, then Skim the entire surface, sand, then prime.

Or....if working will Drywall compound seems to involved, just sand the existing paint, prime with a White primer, and get to doin' it.

The real issue being as to if you would / could expect Friends to give the Screen a close inspection...up close and personal, and from the side. If so you have 2 solutions to consider.

1. Tell 'em to sit down and mind their own business................

2. Apply a smooth. paint-able surface such as Sintra directly to the wall, and paint it with something that will make it perform outstandingly. A painted Sintra Screen w/Velvet Frame can easily be the equal to, or surpass a Mfg Screen costing many hundreds...or even thousands of dollars. Look better too!

But as in all things DIY, it gonna be all about how much work ethic and effort you the DIY'er are willing to invest. At least this might be of some comfort. Decide to go DIY, and some of us will be all "up in your business" and ready to help advise you on any / all steps you need.

If that doesn't scare you off....let's get'ter dun!
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your advice.
I think sintra is the way to go (if I can find it in Canada).
Do you still recommend the SF 2.5 2.0?

Looking forward to see your 114" Sintra "Build Thread"

Have a nice day
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Seppelrator View Post

Thanks for your advice.
I think sintra is the way to go (if I can find it in Canada).
Do you still recommend the SF 2.5 2.0?

Looking forward to see your 114" Sintra "Build Thread"

Have a nice day

A little help.

Ontario Distributors who carry Sintra / Komatex. Hopefully one is close enough to you to consider. Otherwise, checking with local Sign Shops can usually reap results.

Ottawa

Laird Plastics

700 industrial av #6 & 7
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Y9
Manager:Mike Lanthier



Toronto


Piedmont Plastics (x2)

938 Tapscott Road
Scarborough, ON M1X 1C3
Toll Free: 800.268.6784
Phone: 416.281.4300

Kitchener

550 Trillium Dr Unit 8
Kitchener, ON N2R 1K3
Toll Free: 888.669.8922
Phone: 877-228-2296
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much. Kitchener is not far away, so thats perfect for me.
If I can choose should I go with white Sintra?
I already ordered the pray painter and some black velvet. Have to paint this week.
post #8 of 11
White....absolutely.

And no praying is required. The Gracco is easy to use.

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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey, I´m having a hard time to get a 120x60 Sintra sheet.
The shop in Kitchener has nothing in stock and there i a minimum to order new ones.
The only thing they can offer me is Sabic EPVC !
Can I use this for a screen or is it different to Sintra?
Thanks
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I finally finished my screen, thank you MississippiMan for your great advice!


post #11 of 11
That looks great !

Look into the idea of placing 1" Lattice strips around the edge of the screen to block the directed LED light from hitting the side walls / ceiling. The back light effect is cool when confined to the wall area surrounding the screen, but can and will be detrimental if employed during the showing of darker screen content and light is being reflected from off surfaces and back onto the screen.

My next Zero Edge will feature that.
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