DIY Granddad (w/help)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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Your making assumptions that the "flattening" effect is the only aspect the MinWax Poly affords and bears no resonsibility in making the "Grey' perform better.. If so, then why not use the Behr "Flat" Poly in it's place? As thorough and precise as your tests and subsiquent photo examples are, nothing in them can discount or disprove any of the advantages of MW Poly any more than they can show that such is absolutely necessary to obtain great end results.
From the very beginning of RS-MaxxMudd, the MW Poly's use was to afford a deeper , more translucent medium in which to contain the balance of whatever pigmentation the paint was made up of.... (...and so doing, provide a simbilance of "Depth". )....because it was used in substitution of a specific amount of both Behr Deep Base, and Distilled Water. That being so, your absolutely correct that it also affords a "thinning" and "leveling" action that lends to making the paint more tractible to work with, and provides more durability. But those aspects have been well documented for some time now.
So the real summerary would be; "If you create a well balanced Grey Base, and can get it to lay smooth and flat, then cover it with Behr Flat Poly, your end results will approximate or equal many/most more complex mixes. And there's nothing bad that can be said about that, fur sure.
And as I related, the Behr Poly Top Coat's retention and therein brief amplification (..or concentration actually...0 of the reflected light from off the Grey is giving the Grey painted surface more "pop", although it still lacks a really impressive "PoP" that would come from a more interactive mixture. The images look very "alive", if not entirely "lifelike", and certainly do not have the "plastered on" appearence many bright, non-contrasty images present. Perhaps the very best thing is the colors look splendid, the clarity wants for nothing, and the images are in no way to be considered "dull".
All in all, excellent results, especially when one considers your trying to cover a "Roll Up", I daresay few who have painted fixed Frame BOC screens have done as well. Some yes, but reletively few.