MM, you make a great point...
Spandex is great...and I've helped advocate it's use recently, but ain't no possible way it tops a well painted DIY Screen. It's ideal for use if one needs a great performing Acoustically Transparent Screen. Or a Screen that must exceed the available size such substrates as Sintra can be had in. But that's where the advantages stop.
I was looking for a reason to go one way or the other, and I think this really boils down the differences between the two. If someone is going for the absolute best picture possible (who doesn't want that?), on a limited DIY budget, and doesn't need
the acoustically transparent, or the larger screen (I just can't physically fit a larger one), then DIY paint is the way to go.
Of course, there are other things to consider, and my main fears are that a paint project is more risky (blotches, runs, hot spots, etc..), more time consuming (several days to complete), and is just more messy (especially with twin 6 year old boys running around). As an example, here is a quick shot of my guys helping me with the frames for the panels...
All that being said, I want to be enjoying my screen and know that it's the best possible screen that I could have built myself. I don't want to have regret! "Well, it looks pretty
good, but it would have looked better had I..." No thanks! I think I'm up for the challenge.
Once I acquire a 60" x 120" x 6mm sheet of Sintra or Komatex (and have them cut it I assume), how do I mount it? I assume I'll need some sort of frame to put it on? Do I glue it on? Is there a good thread that details the construction of one of these bad boys?
Thanks for all the help guys!