Originally Posted by digideadus
I'm planning to buy a 4x8 piece of unfinished hardboard to use as a substrate which will be cut to size and glued to my existing frame after removing the current vinyl material. My question is what do you folks think of the following paint:
It's a satin finish so I'm assuming that hotspotting may be an issue? Also would it be best to just put this on my substrate material with or without a coat of primer first? Or could someone possibly suggest a better paint solution which I can purchase at Lowes? I'd really prefer a white color as it seems to do fine on my current set up. My wife works at our local Lowes store so we get a discount which is why I'm deadset on getting my supplies at this particular store. Any help or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
So Ok...first things first...Welcome to AVS's DIY Screen Forum!
Well much like Behr has a somewhat obscure paint color called "Silver Screen", the paint you listed is merely "called" Cinema Screen because it's a very light, off-white paint, supposedly close in appearance to a real "Cinema Screen".
It would be comical if there wasn't the off chance it might be something. The primary thing wrong is the Satin sheen. Now, if this was simply going on a wall as a decor, a Satin that is applied to a very smooth wall looks pretty spiffy....decor-wise.
Suppose, just for poop and chuckles...you asked for that shade / color in a Flat Enamel. It would then be about as good a choice as it could possibly be....without choosing anything else.
Seriously....getting a gallon (...you'll need more than 1 quart and 2 Qts cost as much a gallon...) and painting a "White" smooth substrate with the paint, sans Primer, is going to be as easy and cost effective as you can hope for.. If instead it was Drywall, then Priming would be a must.
Your own use and review of this new find "Cinema Screen" might lead it to be considered the simple,white "Lowes" version of Home Depot's Behr Silver Screen.
It might be the "Next Big Thing".
Really though...you can dumb down the process and still get good results. Not spectacular...but better than you probably expect. Advanced applications can and do help perceived contrast, color saturation, and detail, as well as provide real ambient light view-ability, but they come in at higher cost and some specific application requirements. Like spraying instead of rolling. However, if you go Flat Enamel you shoulld have no concerns about settling on rolling the surface.
Somehow I see you as being "Roller oriented"? Please let me know if I'm wrong and you have read about the positive aspects of spraying.
Take a jaunt up to the top of the DIY Screens Thread Listings Page and click in the "Beginners Guide to Simple DIY Screens" sticky. http://www.avsforum.com/t/929997/beginners-guide-to-simple-diy-painted-screens
Look for the Neutral Grays and choose the lightest of the bunch.
(...At least try to help that 'ol X9 out a bit! It could look so much better than you can imagine! )
Read and follow the Rolling instructions: (...the smaller Rollers are ideal for rolling onto White Melamine Coated Hardboard..)
Just do it.