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Giorgio Volpi
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From: Caracas - Venezuela
Registered: Mar 2002


 - posted 10-28-2013 01:23 PM      Profile for Giorgio Volpi   Email Giorgio Volpi   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi,
what is your experience about silver screen's life?
Did anybody try to clean this screen type? How?
Regards,
Giorgio.

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Carsten Kurz
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From: Cologne, NRW, Germany
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 - posted 10-28-2013 02:35 PM      Profile for Carsten Kurz   Email Carsten Kurz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
DON'T - TOUCH - IT !!

;-)

How long it lasts depends on your conditions. Audience access/distance, heating/HVAC systems, changes in temperature, etc.

The surface of silverscreens is a delicate structure. Technically you wouldn't even call it 'surface'. If you have a curtain, I would leave that closed always during non-show times.

- Carsten

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Jack Ondracek
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 - posted 10-30-2013 04:04 AM      Profile for Jack Ondracek   Author's Homepage   Email Jack Ondracek   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Good observation about HVAC.

We once had an indoor that had all its return ducting located behind the screens. You can imagine what the surface of the screens looked like, after years of having at least part of the HVAC return air being pulled through them.

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Stephen Furley
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with care you can just about remove loose dust with a very soft brush, but that's about it; trying to remove fingerprints, or anything else, will almost certainly ruin the screen.

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Giorgio Volpi
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 - posted 10-30-2013 12:53 PM      Profile for Giorgio Volpi   Email Giorgio Volpi   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks guys!
What about his life, comparing with the white one too?
I have a silver screen that was washed ...
Washing can reduce the polarity capability too? Can't it?
Have a great day!

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Carsten Kurz
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Any mechanical impact on the surface will reduce polarisation.
You should make it clear to anyone with a chance coming close to the screen that under no circumstance ever someone should touch, clean, etc. it without asking you in advance.

- Carsten

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