I've been looking at various commercial and homebuilt projector
screens. Some are expensive, some have very bad reviews and some
require quite a bit of work.
I have an old brick and plaster internal cottage wall. It doesn't seem
too bad for smoothness but there is some heavily embossed anaglypta
paper on there.
I'm thinking of cutting the required rectagular size out of the
existing wallpaper and replacing it with a smooth paper, perhaps
lining paper, then painting the screen area with some appropriate
I'm not a home cinema geek. I bought my used projector for 20 quid
from a local website. This I mention just to give some context to my
expected cost level.
Any helpfull hints and tips would be most appreciated.
That stuff can cover a multitude of sins (and very probably does).
Even magnolia will work OK since the eye has an automatic white balance.
Dulux does a superwhite paint that might be suitable, but it might look
a bit out of place in a living space. How big will the screen be?
You can get 3mm and 5mm foamed PVC sheet in large sizes and it is flat.
8'x4' is about £30. Otherwise I'd use plasterboard and white paint.
Expect to need a second mortgage when the projector bulb expires - it is
often cheaper to buy a next generation projector than a new replacement
bulb for an older model! I'm not kidding!
You can get paint intended for the purpose .
Or you can actually get screen material loose like wallpaper,
or if you find one big enough a second hand screen and remove the
material from the mounts and stick it on the wall.
The tins of paint mentioned above are about 3 times that and I have no
idea how effective they really are.
Without knowing if your projector was originally only £300 and
unlikely to benefit from a really good surface or one that was once
£3000 a few years back and has been replaced by an enthusiast
upgrading for fashion (do Apple make projectors ?) and still delivers
a really high definition picture that a coat of Dulux white won't do
justice to is only something you can decide.
Nothing to stop you doing that and putting more expensive stuff over
later if it isn't good enough.
On Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:57:11 UTC+1, Richard Treen wrote:
If you can live without widescreen you can pick up old slide projector screens on tripods for little or no money.
Cut them down to make a smaller widescreen.
You can also buy PVC coated off-white blackout blinds from eg Argos for very little.
If you want beaded glass, you can get the glass beads from road white-lining suppliers and dash them on to wet paint.
Try it with one of the better brilliant white emulsion formulations
before you splash out on anything too exotic. You pay dearly for that
last 5% improvement and in a darkened room it doesn't much matter.
Projecting in a less than dark room the microbeads make the picture look
brighter and contrasty for the audience on axis with the projector.
Basically light goes back along a broader path that it came in along.
Flat white and any light hitting at shallow angles kills the blacks.
On Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:59:39 UTC+1, Martin Brown wrote:
You _don't_ want brilliant white, they are darker than plain white. Brilliant has a very tiny bit of blue added.
How you would ever get even distribution of microbeads on a wall I can't imagine, it's not remotely worth considering unless you find you just can't get enough brightness.
brilliant white, they are darker than plain white. Brilliant has a
very tiny bit of blue added.
A quick search shows glass beaded 100 inch diagonal roller-blind style
screens available for about £100. Second-hand screens would presumably
be a lot less. Could you not remove the screen from such an item and
mount it on a board?
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