So I been interested in building a home theater for some time now(about a year), but it was only recently that I found out about DIY screens. At first I only heard about blackout cloth, mainly from Carl's place. But then when searching on blackout cloth I came across several threads in this forum and some talked about painting the cloth or Sintra etc. I was of course very interested and had curiosity, and now being a total noob, have a few questions about different types of screens and what is the best for my conditions.
The home theater will be in my basement, which unfortunately has a low ceiling, but has total light control, I can make it pitch black when I want to. The walls are white and the ceiling is black...I got the house like this and cannot paint the walls. Due to columns I can only place the home theater in one area. the projector can be at max 14ft and half from the screen. (planning on making a 110" screen 16:9). So those are my current conditions, so that might help answering my questions.
1. In my current conditions, would there be a dramatic difference between a regular blackout cloth and a painted Sintra. One that would make the extra cost worth while.
2. If it is worth while to do the painted Sintra board, which paint mixture would be best and where can I get a Sintra board in Louisville, Kentucky.
3. would the projecter screen even make a difference with my projector,(planning on getting an 8350) basically is the projector good enough to warrant a painted Sintra board.
4. I know this question doesn't belong in this specific thread, but if you guys don't mind I was thinking of getting a refurbished Epson 8350. I have heard good things about it, but do you guys know of any projector that might be better than this one under my home theater conditions that is around the same price. My budget for the home theater is around 1500-1700. I might get 1800 by December saved up but not sure. With the audio and projector it would be $1450($899 for epson 8350, $550 for pioneer receiver, jbl studio 130 and polk audio subwoofer). So that leaves me with around 200 dollars to work with if I manage to save up 1700. With that budget would I be better of with just a blackout cloth or is it enough money to do a painted sintra board.
Thank you for your help and everything, and sorry for my noob questions, as I love cinema but first time actually making a home theater. I might have left some information that you may need, so please just tell me if i left out something.