Yep I knew it wasn't a complete DIY solution
I also figured that not a lot of peeps here had tried anything like that. I think the sales rep that I was dealing with was actually quite an a$$hat after having met him in person (sort of) ... I ended up driving to their location to pick up a screen that they had in stock ... but it turned out they didn't have it in stock, but it took almost an hour dealing with his lackey to actually find that out. They are an online dealer located near me that shall remain nameless .. but for some reason they change their name and web address every couple of years LOL... having dealt with them personally at their "show room" I understand why. THe lackey spent about 20 minutes trying to even get the Control4 automation system to work in order to turn on the projectors in the room ... none of which were even calibrated and one of the 3 wasn't even properly aimed at the screen.
My big issue with not doing another paint solution, especially the DIY solutions here, is the amount of time and energy it consumes. It comes down to expense vs. time spent on the project and finding the happy in-between for me. I have no interest in trying to find the appropriate paints and doing the blending -- I don't own a sprayer or paint mixer and honestly don't have time to buy either and get comfortable using them. I have a friend of a friend that does that sort of stuff and has the gear, but he's not cheap to hire and after crunching some numbers it didn't make sense to end up spending what I would have had to in order to do that..
But that said I also didn't want to spend a ton of money on a commercial screen -- or at least one that was massively overpriced. That said I do appreciate decent quality, I've worked professionally as a video editor for many years as well as having done a good bit of live video work for both concerts and corporate events and can tell the difference ... it's a vicious circle I tell ya!
My previous (still current) Goo solution was rolled on .. believe it or not you can get a decent quality rolled screen with Goo, provided you know what you're doing and use the right tools for the job
For the price of the screen I think the Elara is worth the risk. I know a couple of other people (who I worked with doing the live video stuff) that have them and gave me good feedback on them so I decided to take the plunge. If I'm very unhappy with it then I'll figure out where to go from there.
Thanks for the reply though MM