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Hello from Italy :-)

This is my first post so please be patient with me...
I've read a lot about diy screens on this helpful forum but i couldn't find pratically any info on diy screens obtained painting over a pure aluminium sheet.
I got a nice perfectly flat aluminium sheet and i was thinking to paint it...did anybody ever try that?
Is it that crazy? :-P

I know the aluminium oxidates quite quickly and that paint doesn't stick well to that oxide layer but it should be overcomeable since my sheet isn't oxidated ( they come protected with a thin film you have to remove before use/painting )
and once painted it shouldn't oxidate anymore,right?

The screen is to be used outside but since it's at country place it's pratically
pitch black

Now to the question/help:

What kind of paint do you suggest? pure white? acrylic? i noticed
many of you suggest ultra flat white by Behr brand but i checked and it seems that in italy Behr isn't even retailed ( at least i couldn't find it ) so i hoped for general hints about what to ask at the paint shop without having them to look at me like if i just came down from Mars :-D ( ok..i don't care about the look they will give me but i'd like to choose the right paint ;-) )

and how many layers of coating should be applied?
Is it ok to use a compressor to paint or there are cons?
it should produce a more uniform painting compared to a roller. ( in theory )

Thanks a lot for the attention,
any advice/form of help will be greatly appreciated! :-)

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