DIY Granddad (w/help)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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If one chooses to ignore the need for optical clarity, to some extent the above linked item will work. However Frostings do not have such optical qualities. They mute light by creating a degree of opacity, and a matte medium will obscure, or rather degrade an image if it is the topmost layer and not impregnated with a true reflective medium. If applied thinly enough to let sufficient light reach a rear reflector, it won't make any difference save introduce a blurring effect. Then there is the trick of applying it evenly enough so as to not see banding,,,,itself virtually impossible to do.
Matte Polyurethane, Clear Matte paints, it all been tried before and the results ....poor as they were, were published here. I don't discourage anyone experimenting, but I will warn people who do not have the knowledge of what has transpired in the past about going down roads that have dead ends.
Even with that, forging ahead can be an experience of some worth, and if somehow the seeming roadblock is removed, then I'd be among the first to applaud. But so far, the only materials that can come close are optically pure Mfg sheets, and that alone has posed issues in both size and cost.