Originally Posted by mecenas1
Ok thanks both of you for your quick replies!
One of my original plans was getting a Sherwin Williams paint called
Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Smooth Enamel Satin Extra White, #B20
W51 and THEN I found out about Black Widow but the news you bear are dire indeed for me (I already bought the AAA).
Let's say I consider another AVS-oriented paint screen alternative instead of Black Widow, right?
If I only have PPG, Sherwin-Williams and Home Depot stores nearby, what would be the best DIY projector screen paint option?
I can ditch the AAA option, it was only $30.
First off, do not include the SW Pro Classic Satin in your plans for "anything"...or anything "Satin".
As as anything "advanced" in the AVS offerings, they all contain Mica-based components that are either sourced at a local store or via the Internet.
In your case, being in extreme southern CA near the Mexican border, your options "Locally" are limited.
If we examine what you do have (AAA) you can consider this.
The Aluminum as it is comprised in the newer AAA is in fact Color Neutral because of a coating the Aluminum particles receive. This affects their reflectivity quotient a bit, but not to a great extent.
With BW, a relatively small amount is / must be used because it is in fact so reflective. And even that smaller amount must be blended (masked) by a disproportionate amount of paint.
Attempts to add a higher percentage of AAA to increase BWs gain have met with failure.....excessive granularity and sparklies primarily, but no real gain increase because if enough is used for that result, things get completely out of hand.
All that said, a benefit of using AAA in a White paint is essentially the same as with mica as far as how it will deepen the hues of Colors and enhance blacks to a degree. But with the use of aluminum the extent of such gains are limited. But they are there...and when taking in the considerations your circumstances involve......
- You have a PJ with a very high lumen output.
- Not knowing what size Screen your contemplating
- The desire to have something better than a basic Light Gray screen.
............You do not have much to be concerned about as far as loss of / lack of gain. Even a huge screen can be handled by the HD25-LV. There is no mention about any ambient light concerns.
All said, if you combine the appropriate amount of AAA to Sherwin Williams Duration Flat White, you should see at least a small improvement over a basic Behr SilverScreen surface....if you spray. Roll....and it all becomes more problematical.
Everything else I could suggest that would have substantially improved performance would entail ordering some items over the web. And cost you about $80.00 extra in paint.
If you really want a greatly improved surface, one that will also allow you to run your PJ on Low lamp and calibrate it optimally for best Black Levels, you will have to consider ordering the needed / listed components for RS-MaxxMudd Standard or Silver Fire v2.5 4.0
Originally Posted by Ftoast;27 728945
MM, how good/bad could the now color-neutral AAA work in place of the mica for SF or MaxxM?
Would it be worth a shot so the $30 isn't wasted, or would it most likely result in a total waste if used?
Because of the need to create a balance between color, reflectivity, and masking properties, any use of Aluminum would be a unknown factor. I would always counsel that the use of the prescribed components be strictly followed, or the end results might vary wildly, and that unknown factor is not desirable when the surface is depended upon to render a excellent image.