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Just built my DIY frame and am about to cover it with blackout
fabric from Joann's. I intend to paint a black border around the frame
for the sake of masking the image. While I am at it I am considering
a coat or two of Misty Evening.

Does anyone have any tips regarding how to paint blackout cloth?

BTW....When my screen is complete I will post pictures and a
detailed account of how I made it.

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Stallion,

I also have a BO screen. My findings? You need to try to support the entire underneath of the cloth if rolling (spray would be better). I found that as I rolled the cloth (already on the frame) with the required pressure to apply an even coat of paint that more pressure is on the outside of the roller then the inside. The result is a nice edge on both sides of where you just stroked the cloth. It took a lot of going back and forth to get those marks out! My .02

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Thanks for the reply. Sounds like it won't be easy.

Is there any recommendations as to paint. Can I just paint it
with ME or does it require some primer?

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I have the same question.

I have a problem with my BO cloth wrinkling, I have had to re-stretch the cloth several times since I completed my screen. I was wondering what effect that would have on the paint.

I made my frame out of 2x4. I was thinking about just cutting a couple of short 2x4s to through under the undupported fabric, I wonder how well that would work.

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i8piglet,

Please keep me in the loop if you attempt to paint your
screen.

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Well I finished painting my screen.

It's a 108" diagonal, using blackout cloth. It should have been 106" but I gave myself a longer frame for the heck of it. Maybe I'll zoom a little more for 2.35 DVD's.

Anyway, yes... stretching the b/o cloth is a pain. But I did a good job of it. Wrapped it around my 3x4's. I then painted with .5 coats of killz primer (ran out, darnit) and three coats of ME.

First thing I noticed is that it soaks up the paint more than a hard surface will, so plan on buying 2 quarts of ME, or just be very careful and do only two coats maybe?

Anyway, because I did a good job of stretching, I did not have any trouble painting with a roller. And I did not use anything to brace the cloth with. Just rolled, the fabric stretched back a little, but no problems.


btw... i think i will recommend the killz primer. two coats, one quart should work.

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Thanks for the update.

What size roller did you use?

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I think it was 1/4 nap?? I really can't remember, had bought it about four months ago. Basically whatever it was that was recommended in the original Misty Evening thread. :)

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I started assembling my blackout cloth screen tonight. Got the frame pieces cut and one frame piece wrapped in felt. By Thursday I should have it completed, but I have some minor creases in my cloth. Should I iron it before I stretch it onto the frame? I'm thinking I shouldn't put an iron right on it because it feels like it has a plastic component - maybe I should iron it through a towel?
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I wouldn't worry about ironing if you do a good job of stretching. I really recommend a stretching tool though, I'm told art stores sell them? My finger tips were hurting pretty bad for a couple of days after stretching the cloth. :D

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