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So, with the scope of the projector wiring project looking doable, I'm thinking it's time to start finalizing the planning on a DIY screen. Right now, I'm leaning towards something simple:

48x96" 1/2" MDF cut to a 92" diagonal with a 1.5" border
Kilz2 primer on all surfaces
Black Widow Paint

That leaves just the border. I was hoping to take a simple approach: black velvet tape applied directly to the surface. However, the cheapest I've found black velvet tape is $50/roll. It seems silly to spend more on the border than the rest of the screen combined.

Any suggestions for a lower cost alternative?
 

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In a pinch black hockey stick tape will work to a certain degree. There really is no good substitute to real velvet.
 

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Okay, those prices are a little better, but more importantly, I can buy it in 15' quantities instead of 75'. Don't need half a roll of tape that I won't use.

I think I'd come across this tape before, but the description made it sound more like gaff-tape. These specifically say "fuzzy side" so that's good.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Something I have always meant to try, but still haven't, is to flock a screen border. It should be as light absorbing as velvet if not more so (velvet fibers are directional, flocked fibers go on in random directions).

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2000288/10394/Flocking-Fibers-3-oz-Black.aspx

While they have a black adhesive for sale you could probably make up your own, or simply apply contact cement over a black painted surface.

 

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Yes, I saw that exact webpage during a little research, but knowing me, I'd have a flocked thumbprint right in the middle of my new screen when I was done. I think tape is probably safest for me.
 

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Heya Eugovector and everyone! I discovered this tape on amazon that might be a good candidate for budget screen border.

http://www.amazon.com/JVCC-FELT-06-Polyester-Felt-thick/dp/B000QC6HVS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1323957841&sr=8-3

I typed in Fabric Tape Felt and it looks like the stuff comes in rolls of varying widths in black. 1 Reviewer even mentions it worked well for his projector screen border. I ordered a roll for 12 dollars with free shipping. I figured it would be worth a try for that low of a cost. I will try to report back when I receive the roll and put it up on my wall.
 

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Please do let us know what you think. I saw some reviews of the jvcc that said that if it's stored too warm, the backing can fuse to the tape, and that it might be agonies than the velvet/duvetyne.

At this point, I think I've either landed on 2"x75' duvetyne from bh photo. I wish 3" didn't cost 2x 2" so that a 1.5" border on .75" mdf would wrap all the way to the back. I also stumbled upon 15' rolls at some place so 2 of those would work. I need to rediscover that link.
 

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The JVCC tape arrived last night. The roll was well packaged and I cut a 3 inch sample length of it to test the adherence on my concrete wall in an out of the way location. The black felt appears darker and of higher quality than I expected, especially for the price. At first I tried to pull the felt off of the adherence (the wrong way) but I soon realized there are 3 layers involved. The tape stuck fast to my concrete wall and did not allow much time for positioning. My basement is below ground so its always cool or even cold down there. I have yet to put it up for the screen area yet (more painting to do). I may need my brother to help me to get the 10ish+ feet width of it up on the wall in one try. I guess I could do it in smaller sections also.

I went with the 1 inch width tape since I wanted the picture as large as I can make it on the wall and the 1 inch border tape should perfectly cover some bad wall spots. I could also double or triple the tape up for 1-2-3inch border. I may just do the top of the screen area though for now. We will see.

I may test how easy the tape is to remove next, lol. I am thinking a high powered hair dryer held close to the tape should free up the tape stickiness for removal. Just wanted to update with my experience with the tape. I think it is going to work out well!
 

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I have been very busy with work and the holidays so I have not had time to try the tape out with the projector. I hope to have a chance this weekend and I will post back when I do.
 

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Update: I just recently applied the black felt tape to my screen area and I love the results! The felt absorbs the light wonderfully and cleans up my screen edges nicely. I probably should have gone wider than my 1 inch boarder tape but the results still do look very nice. The tape was extremely easy to work with and also cheap (11-15 dollars per roll of 75 feet) I may end up doing another inch around the outside of the screen area for good measure. For the price it is worth a try in my book! The tape adheres to my cool concrete basement wall with no issue. I have even been able to re-position the tape and re-adhere it as necessary (even several days after application, when I applied a 2 inch piece to test it on my wall). I feel it was a great purchase.
 

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Also used this (2" wide) while I am test driving paint. For the price and less than 45 minutes and one utility knife blade later I must say I was very impressed with the results. Very easy to use. All I did (knowing this is probably "temporary") is put up an image, run the tape around all four sides, cut them square and then use a utility knife to cut 45degeree mitre corners, peel back the two cuts and then press back together. Had one very small (1/4 cm) spot I used a black sharpie on. It wasn't 3 dimensional like real velvet wrapped trim and it wasn't as light absorbent as other velvets I have seen, but for the $ and time invested I would say it would be a huge $25, 1 hour upgrade to any on wall painted screen and well worth the minimal amount of time and money. It does make it look much nicer and the viewing seems easier and nicer too. All is all, a great DYI project and material if fast and cheap are what you are looking for!
 

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Take a look here.

You'll have to cut strips and add adhesive on your oawn, but this fabric won't stretch as you pull it to get a tight wrap. You could probably get away with just stapling, and may need to staple anyway with the self-adhesive tape. Small staples won't show.
 
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