Thank you Tiddler for setting out such a great Beginner's Delight thread, and for the videos too.
My husband and I just finished painting our screen using the CIL + Polyacrylic method. I thought I would post some of our experiences to give back to the community that helped us out with this low-cost DIY painted screen!
We have an older Viewsonic PJ552 projector with many many hours of bulb use (more than double the life expectancy - this is our main TV we've used it nearly every day for approximately 4 years).
We had a previous screen that we painted with Digital Goo. Recently though, we decided to change the location of our screen, so we needed to re-create a screen. Our Digital Goo was painted directly on the wall, and therefore not moveable to the new location. Both the new and old locations are in a room with nearly floor to ceiling windows that have blackout curtains with so-so coverage (my husband keeps saying we need one more panel).
Due to economic conditions, we decided we didn't want to go with another Digital Goo screen, we thought we would try something lower cost to see how it compares. (I.e. Can we live with the difference in the screen given the difference in price?)
For those in Ottawa, this might help you with your search for CIL paint:
- We first went to the Canadian Tire in Bell's Corners, they did not know what to do with the code 00NN 62/000 W/B or the colour named Universal Grey.
- We went to Home Depot in Kanata and they not only carry CIL paint, but the guy there was helpful, knew exactly what to do with the colour code, and knew exactly what MinWax to get.
- We were going to buy primer, but he suggested we get the paint with the built-in primer
Here is what we got:
- one quart of CIL smart(3) Ultra Matte "One Coat Ultra Premium Interiour" paint
- one quart MinWax Ultra Fast-Drying Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Satin
The top of the CIL paint can (the Home Depot label) says (it's a bit cut off):
Base:88100 - Flat, matte
CIL SMART3 wash & Wear
(Universal Grey) 00nn 62/00CLRNT B C R
OZ 0 0 0
384th 50 16 10
(Sorry for the bad formatting above, I tried to clean it up, but I couldn't get it to work. Essentially it should be a table with four columns)
We were painting over a fairly bright yellow wall. Our screen is approximately 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide. (It's not 16:9 or 4:3, it matches a feature of our house instead).
We did a single coat of the paint first, by roller, as a base/primer coat to cover the yellow. We let that dry overnight.
We then mixed 3 parts paint to 1 part PolyCrylic and rolled on a coat of the mixture following Tiddler's video instructions.
We did not have enough paint to do a second coat of the mixture. I think we should have either got a separate primer or a larger container of paint if we wanted to do two coats of the the mixture. I'm not sure yet if one coat was enough - the paint is still drying.
Here is a photo of our completed screen:
And here is one of the stir stick with our new screen paint held up against our old Digital Goo screen. As you can see, the colours are nearly identical. The Goo has more light reflectivity to it though.
Thanks again for this excellent community.