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What kind of material for DIY FPTV screen?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Neil Joseph, Jun 12, 2002.

  1. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Lead Actor

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    I am in the process of moving. As of now, I have a 1.0 gain 84" 4x3 screen. I would like to set up a 100" matt 4x3 screen at about a 2.0 gain. What kind of material would one use and what is the construction process. I would also like to have a black non-relective border also.

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    2.0 Gain is quite high. I'm guessing you don't need any sort of gray screen then. You have a CRT?
    ScreenGoo is probably the best painted material. It goes up to 1.5 gain for digital gray, and up to 2.2 for CRT white.
    http://www.goosystems.com
    For the material itself, the easiest way to to go is probably a sheet of formica or plastic of some sort, though that is pretty big. Parkland plastics makes a sheet that's 5' x 10' I believe. You could cut this into a 60" x 80".
    For the blackout material, you can either paint with flat black (probably not the best choice), or use a velvet like cloth material to cover some wood. The wood you can get at home depot, or at a frame shop.
     
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    Thanks. My current projector is an LCD but the light is very controlled in the room.

    The new setup will have to be in a room that is not totally light controlled, until such a time that I can get the basement done for the HT room. I don't want to spend a whole whack of money on a new screen, hence the DIY solution. Also, down the road, I will get a DLP projector to replace the one I have now so I will get the proper screen to match that unit, probably a negative gain screen I am assuming.
     

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