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So I have learned a lot on here but haven't seen what paint people are using for the black painted wall?

Any recommendations for something I can pick up from Lowes or Home Depot?

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A search of this forum for "Blackest Paint" returns these helpful posts

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1088038/looking-for-the-blackest-black-flat-paint-for-wall/0_100
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1477643/paint-type-for-use-in-theater-room
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1003176/looking-for-the-blackest-most-light-absorbing-fabric
http://www.avsforum.com/t/287226/light-absorbing-paint
http://www.avsforum.com/t/711457/for-anyone-not-considering-painting-their-wall-black-behind-their-screen
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1332339/black-paint-for-side-walls-and-ceiling
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1099186/best-black-velvet-to-eliminate-reflected-light
http://www.avsforum.com/t/861535/black-velvet-source

That was from just the first couple of pages, hope it helps

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Ideally you would use black velvet.
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In truth, the ONLY light that will ever strike the Screen wall is reflected light, and / or direct /Ambient light coming from directly ahead.

The Screen;s contribution can only be attributed to reflected light from adjoining surfaces. The Light off the Screen cannot bend around to strike the wall surrounding the screen. In the same respect, any "non-reflected" light coming off the screen wall cannot affect the image....only light that actually strikes the Screen dead on or from each side has any effect.

That being so, the only real need to ever consider a darker color for the Screen wall is if indeed it will be plagued by reflective light...or if one simply wants to create a Black Hole effect that makes the screen appear to float in interstellar space.

In a ideal situation...under most normal circumstances, only the Ceiling directly above the Screen, and the adjoining side walls if they are in close proximity need to be addressed. If they themselves are treated with at least a very dark Slate Gray, and the lights are dow very low or off, almost any color on the Screen wall darker than white will effectively fade to black.

Disney's Mouse Ears is an excellent Black....but I prefer a uber dark Gray in a low sheen Satin Enamel to surround a screen area. Gray matches up well with Dark Blues, Greens, and other lighter Grays, and when considering appearance along with performance, most blacks, especially "Flats" are pretty dismal looking, and in fact, they tend to reflect a Blueish cast.

Choose wisely, and if you do go Black, spray apply the paint. Rolling on Black virtually always leaves noticeable marks unless repeated coats are applied...and those with consummate care.

I have covered wall panels with Black Velvet as well....but that stuff is best used for large Shadowboxes.

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Mississippi Man, realize this is an old thread but I am trying to get rid of the black bars on top and bottom of my 2.35 screen. Would the dark gray make those disappear? Thanks.
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Yes.....but it needs to be pretty dark....and in a Flat enamel that is sprayed. Even a "flat" paint that is rolled will produce more sheen characteristics than a sprayed surface.

If you have a Lowes to go to, ask for this Dark Gray off the Glidden master Pallet series:
Code 00NN 16/000 . . . "Grey Tabby" [N4.7] Use a Flat or Flat Enamel, good quality Base.

If upon mixing it seems still a bit lighter, they can deepen it further.

That sould effectively reduce the Black bars to a virtually noticeable point during 2.39:1 presentations. And in a darkend room, that shade of gray is dark enough to actually act as the Screen's border, or allow a very diminutive Trim (1.5" - 2")

And, in cases where one wants to quickly view any projected Menu content that falls outside the 2.39:1 screen parameters, the neutrality of the Gray, and the fact that it will still reflect more intense light will allow for one to easily read such.

I have found that the most excellent absorptive ability of a Black velvet border can come with a caveat....one can find Menu Content difficult if not impossible to read if such happens to lie withing the Velvet.

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