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Design Assistance Humbly Requested! Mylar + Flatscreen TV + Frame = Stealth TV Goodness Answered

I am in the pre-panning stages of a project in which I would like to make a false over-the-mantle mirror to hide an LED TV using mylar on a motorized roll to pass over the television.  I will be building a frame and really need some brainstorming help with a starting off point for fabbing the mylar into a false mirror.  Parts, ideas, etc.  from a very simple, mechanical-tension model to more complex, electrically motorized design would be much appreciated.




Reply 9 years ago

My thanks to both of you for bringing your expertise and experience to this project.  I'll probably get around to doing this in a couple of months or so once we're a little more moved in. 

Hopefully, I'll get an instructable out of it and be able to pass a couple of hat tips to you.




Reply 9 years ago

You'd have to crank up the brightness on the TV to compensate for the mirror, but the stationary one-way mirror is definitely the way to go. I'd also recommend a one-way plexi sheet instead of the film.
I have personal experience with making mirrors out of mylar, and it's almost impossible to stretch it tightly enough to pass for a real mirror, even using the heat-shrink variety on a rigid frame. On a roller-type track, it would look exactly like a sheet of shiny Mylar.
Using the money saved on motors, rollers and controllers to buy a piece of one-way plexi would be a very wise investment, IMO. A piece of regular plexi with the mirrored film applied would be almost as good.