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My screen material has wrinkles or waves


How does this happen? 

Occasionally the vinyl projection screen materials that ship with our fixed frame screen may arrive with some wrinkles or waves due to the shift during shipping. See the video below for an example:

 It is also caused and sealed by changing temperatures/environments from the origin to the destination.

Note: Sometimes the wrinkles are a result of an error during assembly. Skip to Option 3 in this case. View the videos on how to a properly apply tension to the screen for a flat viewing surface.

How can I fix it?

The majority of the time these wrinkles will disappear after the screen material is stretched on the frame properly for a period of time. Vinyl is very stretchy and should usually relax on its own once tensioned, but it sometimes needs some additional help to fully relax to its desired smooth appearance.

If after this time, the wrinkles or waves have not disappeared on their own, feel free to follow the instructions below to help the material smooth out:


Option 1:

1. With the help of another adult, lift the frame with the screen already tensioned. Bring it into direct sunlight. Be careful not to bump into anything that could damage the frame or screen.

2. Face the back of the screen towards the sun. Even in cold and windy weather, direct sunlight will warm the screen and relax the material. 

3. The material will become loose and flexible in the frame and dip in the middle. Hold for about 10 to 60 minutes in direct sunlight, depending on the severity of the wrinkles or the climate.

4. Bring the material out of direct sunlight and into normal temperature. This will cool the material down and it will become taut once again without wrinkles.

5. If the wrinkles haven't come out, you will need to repeat the process and probably leave it in the sun even longer.


Option 2:

NOTE: Blow dryers vary in intensity, so begin this method at the coolest setting. Too much heat and you risk melting the screen, which may disturb the reflected image on the front of the screen. Use extreme caution if you use this method.

1. Give yourself access to the back of the material. Have a blow dryer (not a heat gun) and a thin, damp towel available to you.

2. Place the cloth on the front of the screen to protect the viewing surface while you work on the back of the material. Only blow on sections of the screen that have the damp cloth on the front side.

3. Use the blow dryer about 12" away from the back of the material and begin blowing warm air at the material.

4. Constantly move the blow dryer. Never stay in one spot for too long. Use quick and broad sweeping motions.

5. Work in 2' x 2' sections at a time so you can keep track of where you have been. Warm the screen and use your free hand to touch the material and make sure it is getting warm but not getting too hot.

6. Stop warming it and let it cool. The material should relax to its natural, smooth shape as it cools off.

7. If the wrinkles haven't subsided, you need to repeat the process and possibly warm it for longer.


Option 3:

How to stretch screen material on your frame

How NOT to stretch screen material on your frame

Uniform stretch is extremely important.  Following the instructions on the videos above will help stretch the screen material properly so wrinkles or waves in the material will fade.


Further Questions?

Please contact us at if you have any issues with remaining wrinkles or waves in your projection screen material.