DIY Granddad (w/help)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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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.