Originally posted by Omzig
Second, I thought I saw posts comparing this screen to the "Light Fusion" version in the SD/MM Superplex post. It seemed that this screen has some of the benefits of the other screen and is far simpler to create.
Well, I wouldn't say it's far simpler, since you have to smooth the wall. With the SM, ANY defect shows up like a cannonball hit the surface. I have often stopped after putting the dark Grey primer up because it itself caused defects to stand out due the the increase in contrast. Then, you have to fix it, and then prime that area again.
Then you must apply 2-3 layers of SM, with wet sanding between the second and third coats.
With a SuperDeluxe Light Fusion Mirror Screen, you only have to apply MM top Coat to the Mirror.
As to benefits, a SD/MM LFMS (wow!) gives you a unique effect almost identical to that which you experience when viewing a 35 mm slide as opposed to a flat 35mm print. It appears to be back-lit enough to create much more of a feeling of depth, as well as enhance detail to the extreme.
SM/MM LFWS (Light Fusion Wall Screen
) gives you all the contrast enhancement SD/MM LFMS does, and better detail than most anything else "BUT" SD/MM LFMS It's the "Glow" that LFMS has gets some excited, because it represents a completely different look and appearance in the program content
Do you think the "Light Fusion" version with either the mirror or SM painted Plexiglas is worth the extra effort for those willing to go the extra mile?
It's all about preference, and the acceptance of the ideal that if a reflective painted surface like Silver Metallic can produce great results, then a Mirror, with almost 93-94% efficiency in reflecting ability would have to be even better. And it is, most assuredly, but along with it comes other issues such as cost, availability, and the desire to have the best, no matter what.
I've got all the supplies so I could try either, but haven't committed to purchasing the large mirror for the final project.
Well, getting you feet wet by applying paint to a stand alone panel would be the safest route to take, although if you use actual "Glass' instead of Plexi, removal of a botched Top coat is as easy as "scrape-scrape-scrape"
But also, the application of Denatured Alcohol on a Plexi mirror and the use of a Plastic scraper will accomplish the same thing.
I look at it this way...if I can get the Plexi mirror, and the size screen I want falls into the realm of available sizes, Plexi it will be.
Here's a composite shot of a Boo Boo getting repaired. This occured on the "Perkins' job, prominently featured in this thread. The issue at hand was a Sheetrock screw that was never set properly. I added another screw, spackled them both TWICE, sanding lightly between each application of spackle, then again before priming first with Kilz, then again with Grey primer.
I've lightened the area around the repair, and enhanced the contrast to let you see the area involved