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Ive been wanting to upgrade my projection screen. Right now it is just an 80" white screen. Its a plastic type material. Is it possible to paint on screen pain to change the color of it to a grey or silver type screen instead of white? Thanks

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Ive been wanting to upgrade my projection screen. Right now it is just an 80" white screen. Its a plastic type material. Is it possible to paint on screen pain to change the color of it to a grey or silver type screen instead of white? Thanks

Absolutely. That is what we specialize in on this DIY Screen Forum.

Describe your room, colors, what PJ you have, and your viewing habits. Also relate your degree of DIY skills and/work ethic. Lastly...describe your goals...how good do you want it to be? What are you trying to improve? With all that we can steer you to the appropriate solution.

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i have an epson 8100. My room is blacked out. always dark. My DIY skills are average. I want to make my black levels darker on my screen. It bugs me that i have a border around my screen that is black. and it looks completely different than the black bars on a movie. i want to turn my white screen i bought into a nicer black screen or grey to change that

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You can go a ways toward achieving that goal, but it will not be possible to match the Black Border's depth of black on the unused portions of the screen.

That said...dependent upon both screen size and projector placement, you can go fairly dark Gray and reduce that effect by as much as 75%

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I know it will not be possible to reachthat level. but i want to be closer to it. my projector is about 8ish feet from the screen. my main concern is how well will the paint stick to my screen? its the basic plasticy type screen material.

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I know it will not be possible to reachthat level. but i want to be closer to it. my projector is about 8ish feet from the screen. my main concern is how well will the paint stick to my screen? its the basic plasticy type screen material.

Read and view this thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432177/painting-onto-a-106-tab-tensioned-screen-with-silver-fire-v2-5-4-0

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How expensive was everything? the paint plus equipment to spray it?

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How expensive was everything? the paint plus equipment to spray it?

Paint supplies, Plastic/Tape, Sprayer....all inclusive: approx $160.00

For that investment you get a screen that does essentially the same thing as a mutil-thousand dollar Ambient Light Screen

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Ok thats pretty cheap. I have never used a real sprayer for paint. How hard is it to get a clean smooth surface? and how perfect does the job have to be to look good when being used?

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here's my best suggestion for learning to use the sprayer before painting up a screen.
get yourself a quart of behr 1850 ultra while flat (you'll need it for the recommended mix anyway)

you'll use half of it to practice with...
...by taking the 16oz of paint and adding 8oz of water to it... mixing thoroughly...

now get yourself a smooth scrap board to practice on...
you should be getting a nice even flow that's about 10" high from 14-16" away... without any paint spitting... if you do, then continue adding water to the mix in 2oz increments...
until it stops spitting paint and what you get instead is a heavy mist.

from here you will practice using multiple dusters... without getting runs.

then you'll be ready to spray a screen.
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