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I would be very grateful if experienced users (maybe even screen manufacturers) could answer on my two questions regarding unpleasant odor of new screens.


My first screen was Da-lite HC 178x178 and odor completely disappeared after about 200 hours of watching of my projector. But it's about 100 movies when you had to breathe bad air in a room, especially if you have asthma as I am. My second screen was Draper Luma HCG 203x153 which still has slight odor which fills a room even after two years after its purchasing.


1) I'm wondered why manufactureres of screens (Da-lite, Draper, Projecta and others) still don't offer expensive models of screen odor-free?


Personally I would prefer to pay even $200 plus for a screen without odor at all. I think it should not be an issue to make such screen:

- Using of special odor-free paints and materials.

- Ozonators.

- Forced air-ventilation.

- Something else.


2) Do you agree that this problem with odor of screens should be under control of special reviewing authorities like any goods should meet many requirements and standards related with safety and ecological compatibility?


This is especially important when we install screens in nursery or in schools. Personally I would prefer to buy a screen with special logo "Suitable for children" to be sure that such screen will not have any odor of "plastic" dangerous for children with allergy.


I'm sorry if my suggestions sound naive and this problem bothers only me.
 

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My Elite PVC type screen had an odor that took a few weeks to dissipate.

My new screen is made of cloth type material and has no scent.


The main material used may have something to do with the smell.

Kind of like when you install a new plastic shower curtain lining and the smell sticks around for a while.
 

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Don't be sorry about your questions. In the US, where we prefer to sell first and ask questions later, it's only concerned people that help uncover nasty chemicals that don't do us any good. 42Plasmaman's comment could be very helpful--perhaps cloth based screens like SeymourAV / SMX (???) could have less emissions.


FWIW, I did notice that many of Da-Lite's new screens are "green": http://www.dalite.com/screengreen/ . They say they have achieved GREENGUARD certification for both Indoor Air Quality and Children and Schools, which is more stringent: see greenguard.org . This actually seems like a great step in the right direction.


I wonder if people have suggestions for typical times required to "air out" screens for sensitive or "nervous" folks. If I buy a screen that has a smell, I know I'm going to have to leave it outside or in the shed for a while before my wife will let me bring it in the house
I'll have to check out the other popular screen manufacturers' web sites... This GREENGUARD certification makes even more like to go High Power or other Da-Lite.


Unfortunately, I'm not an experienced user or manufacturer, so this is just a really long winded way of saying "+1"



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Originally Posted by Malder1 /forum/post/15433958


I would be very grateful if experienced users (maybe even screen manufacturers) could answer on my two questions regarding unpleasant odor of new screens.

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2) Do you agree that this problem with odor of screens should be under control of special reviewing authorities like any goods should meet many requirements and standards related with safety and ecological compatibility?


This is especially important when we install screens in nursery or in schools. Personally I would prefer to buy a screen with special logo "Suitable for children" to be sure that such screen will not have any odor of "plastic" dangerous for children with allergy.


I'm sorry if my suggestions sound naive and this problem bothers only me.
 

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New standards?


I like the idea. How about screens with custom smells?
 

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I'd like a 124" wide, Cinicurve 2:35:1 screen, in "Ham and Eggs," please.
 

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I'd like a 124" wide, Cinicurve 2:35:1 screen, in "Ham and Eggs," please.

I just snarked up my coffee. Thanks!




As with all plastics/pvc, etc...they off-gas chemical residues from the production process.


They are mostly "plasticizers" - which are definitely not healthy in long-term, high dose exposure. The amount of exposure that we get...who knows?


Other chemicals are solvents - toluene, xylene, CFCs, etc.


Again, all not good for us..but in such low doses...?
 

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2) Do you agree that this problem with odor of screens should be under control of special reviewing authorities like any goods should meet many requirements and standards related with safety and ecological compatibility?

I couldn't disagree more. We definitely don't need regulations and the requisite bureaucracies to control video screen odor. Video screens have been around for many, many decades, and I have never heard of anybody being harmed by their odor.


What would be next: regulations for new car smell because somebody is offended by it.
 
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