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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   JasonMA

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Posted June 04 2004 - 05:31 AM

Will a painted wall do a decent job as a temporary screen for a projector? I have a projector but no screen, and I just bought a house with a room that I am going to dedicate to HT, but I don't have a screen, nor the money to buy one. Will a white painted all work? If so, should it be glossy, semi-gloss, flat, etc? I will eventually buy a screen, but the WAF and money are holding that idea back. I think if I show her how good it can look, she will cave in and let me purchase a nice screen.
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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Bob Maged

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Posted June 04 2004 - 06:54 AM

You can try this thread for some ideas.

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted June 04 2004 - 08:07 AM

Do not use glossy. What projector do you have?

BTW, I was in the market for a Stewart Firehawk until I saw the price. If you paint the wall and then frame the area with a nice black border, it will look good. I used a felt type material on mine that is more light absorbant than regular flat black paint....

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#4 of 6 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles

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Posted June 04 2004 - 11:27 AM

YEs, a flat, matte white surface will do fine temporarily. As will blackout cloth on a frame. You can paint that too to make it a little better. There are many DIY screen solutions for various uses. Gray screens may help with digital projectors to improve blacks.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Tsutomu Ohno

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Posted June 07 2004 - 12:26 AM

Neil,

Can you provide more details on how you made the mask? It looks very attractive. Thanks.

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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted June 07 2004 - 06:37 AM

The fabric stores sell wide rolls of velcro. I simply used some of that for a quick and fairly neat install.
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