I recently purchased my first projector, Benq W1070, based on the glowing reviews over in the Projector threads. I am truly amazed at the quality of picture! I have been reading this DIY forum for many months now trying to decide what the best option would be regarding a screen. I would not call myself a handyman by any means but I definitely like the idea of DIY(and the $$$ savings). I recently painted the room a shade of Blue and will be painting the wall behind the screen a flat version of that once the screen is complete. Front speakers are on temp stands until i get my new ones and mount them to the wall. The room is pretty much light controlled and will usually be viewed with the lights off.
Based on suggestions in other threads for this PJ, I have decided to go the Sintra route with a Silverfire v2.5 3.0 paint over it. I purchased all the needed paints, accessories and the Graco HVLP as recommended. I got a piece of PVC Board(same as Sintra) cut to 60x106 from Laird Plastics yesterday(Thanks MississippiMan for the help on this one!!!!). I am also planning to use 2 of the Hangman French cleats to hang it on the wall.
Here is a basic list of my steps for the whole process and would love if you guys could review it and correct any wrongs. I also have some questions on a few things.
1. Mounted PJ at desired distance to get 120” screen size – 11ft5in.
2. Create screen frame from 1x4 Poplar at 62x108 to give two inches extra past the mount of the PVC for the Border. Going to paint the frame black since you will see it from the side when entering the room. Is my size correct?
3. Mount PVC Board to Frame 1.5inches from edge of frame. Was originally thinking of using 5/8in screws but have seen adhesive as a recommendation. Is one better than the other? Or should both be used? What adhesive is best?
4. Paint PVC with SF v2.5 3.0. Am I right on the 3.0 or should i go with 4.0? Should I paint this in my garage or down in the basement mounted on the wall it will be on?
5. Wrap MDF base trim in velvet (following MM’s thread). Is 4 yards enough for a 120” screen?
Based on the measurements, the mdf will overlap 1in on the screen and a half inch over the outer edge. Am I correct?
I am trying to refrain from any long cuts, as I don’t have a table saw. I have a standard mitre box to handle the corners. I was thinking of this trim http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203910928?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051&N=5yc1vZara1Z1z0wixeZ1z0wixe&R=203910928#.UWiVVSs6X0A
I do have some questions though being that this is 100% new to me.
1. When mixing the SF paint, I saw that many use a large syringe to measure the colorants and use the distilled water so that it doesn’t stick to whatever mixing cup/bowl. What about the rest of the components? I was thinking of just grabbing a measuring cup from the kitchen for the large components. Do you need to factor a little more of each component to account for any that doesn’t come out of the measuring cup? Or Do you use some more of the distilled water to get all the base colors
2. The wall this is being mounted on is not straight by any means unfortunately. This is the main reason I am not just mounting the PVC to the wall directly. The left side of the screen will need to be shimmed away from the wall to make it square. Are there any techniques or any help that can be provided to shim this? I have a feeling this is going to be the hardest part of all of this as it gradually slopes away from the center.
3. Is it a necessity to paint the ceiling? What color? Mickey Mouse Ears Flat black? This one is a tough sell for the wife as she doesn’t want it to look stupid or “dirty” as flat black can tend to look.
I have followed many threads but found this build thread to be very helpful as I am a bit of a picture learner. Naturally I will be doing a few things different but the main structure is similar. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1303114/amazing-grace-theater-build