Originally posted by BruceMan
Does anyone have a suggested method or set of instructions for hanging and applying a border to a 3/8" MDF 100" 16/9 screen. As well, is it better to hang it first and then paint? or paint it laying flat and then hang? I found some suggestions that talk about building a frame but I was thinking it may be better to screw the screen straight to the wall. Do you think it would bow or warp if I went without the frame?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Absolutely hang it first. But use Mirror Mastic and set it up on a temporary ledge until dry. If you use any screws through the surface, they will have to be mudded and sanded. Besure to use a 4' level and scrape your wall around the screen's projected borders to ascertain if the wall is really flat. If there is a little dip in a few areas, you can fill that area in with more Mirror Mastic. If the wall is too bowed, you must first work towards getting it level.
3/8" ? I'd suggest you go at least 1/2" or better still, 5/8" Unless you wall is very flat or you use "leveling" adheasive, 3/8" can bend around bumps that you'll find hard to see unless you check for them.
My earnest suggestion is to have some help holding the MDF up in place (level!) and trace a pencil line around the perimeter. Then, cut out the center, remove all nails/screws and clean the studs in needed, then Liquid Nail the MDF directly to the studs. If you have 1/2" drywall, and use 5/8" MDF, the remaing 1/8" of protruding MDF allows for several easy and cool Trim options. (see below) Plus, with the cut edge serving as a ledge to hold the MDF in place, you need only to press and block in the MDF against the studs, and perhaps place a couple braces against it until dry.
Once your Screen material is up on the wall, use Painter's Masking Paper and Tape to cover at least 16" out from all edges. If spraying, and your Gun is set to the proper levels of air, fluid, and pressure, you'll have almost no paint going anywhere but on the work area. If rolling, it will allow you to roll past the edges so as to get enough paint at the edges without pausing and getting the resulting "stripe'.
Also, when the screen is on a vertical plane and approx. even with your eyes, you can adjudge far better any weak areas where paint is uneven and correct as you return on a overlapping pass.
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This stuff is De BOMB for Screen Blackout trim. It's an adhesive Black Felt Tape that comes in 4" & 6" widths. 25 yards for $36 & $57 respectively. Buddy up and share a roll. Good for at lest two Monster sized screens.
You can apply it directly to a wall if you use the Light Fusion Plastic Mirror approach (butt it up flush with the edge, or you can apply it directly to the mirror for a perfect mask after having adjusted your image to size.
Or............., you can wrap a 1" x 3" with the 4" wide Felt Tape and a 1" x 4" with the 6" version.
Thanks Scoob, for being on top of this thread. Looking forward to your coming into Wayne tomorrow. Call, & email me your cell number.
Just went out and bought a 5.5 HP / 25 Gal. Compressor and a sweet little Propane Heater (30K/40K/50K adj.) for my Jersey Dealer. Being a seasonal item, they are pretty scarce, and many will have to rent if they want accelerated results. That's what I'll need to do in Toronto for the shoot-out.
4 screens in two days time. Same situation as here in Jersey so I'm getting some real practice in ahead of time.