I put some pictures in here to make my newb post a little worth looking at. AVS is a great videophile forum that I just recently discovered after picking up my new projector.
Long story short - I want to increase my image size using a DIY screen behind my drop-down Da-lite. I've determined that I'll use a paint-on coating.
I've done quite a bit of general research to learn the basics and most options. Frame and substrate I can handle (hopefully). The perfect coating/surface for my specific space/equipment is what I am now working to solve. I've looked into MAXXMudd, Black Widow, Screen goo, and a couple basic latex paint tones. It is my hope that someone with experience can point me in the right direction so I only have to this once!
The pictures should give you a good idea of the space itself. Other info:
-Shooting for about 135"ish diagonal screen at 16:9
-Projector is a Mitsubishi HC4000 DLP
-Lighting is extremely dark (no windows, dimmable recessed lighting)
-Ceiling height is 8' to bottom of open joists
-Projector will be ceiling mounted (not on shelf you see in the pic)
-I hope to spend $300 or less
-I would like to roll on my coating while the screen is in place (I could spray if it yields a substantial quality increase.
Any expert guidance/suggestions is VERY much appreciated.