I am currently exploring my options with installing a screen for my old Epson EMP-TW200 (HD is only 720P) in my living room. Currently, I have been using a poorly painted satin white wall (rental house) that reveals every mistake in the applications of flat and semi-gloss paint from each previous tenant's attempt to hide mars (the flat spots are the worst eyesores). Previously, I ordered and had installed the furniture store's "top-of-the-line" Da-Lite electric drop-down screen that ended up looking like a glitter explosion with my uncalibrated, dynamic mode-set projector while utilizing the screen's viewing cone of what seemed only ~10deg which severely affected the ability to see across the entire screen, and left me happy with the wall, believing it was a better picture anyway. I happily left the Da-Lite for curbside pickers when I last moved.
In my living room, I have a N-facing 30sq' window 12' from the right side of the "screen" (i.e. wall) with doubled-up blackout curtains that allows some ambient light through at the forward-most edge at ~20deg angle away from parallel with the screen wall. I have a white ceiling and walls that love ambient lighting with two 60W lamps that are just about always on in the rear corners of the room producing a soft, warm orange glow shooting upwards towards the rear ceiling corners, and some lighting from stage left due to our computer room light left on with the door typically open (wife/kids). This is also at a near parallel angle. Only around 25% of our PJ use is without some type of ambient lighting (rear lighting, phones, e-readers, etc.). My projector is ceiling mounted 14' from the face of the wall above our couch, supposedly has 1300/500 Lumen when bulb is new, with only a 1000:1 CR.
After several weeks of light reading and attempting to follow each twist and turn of the AVS forums' soap operas, I decided I should attempt to pull off a 4x8' (cut to 16:9) DIY screen and am leaning towards SF/LF (4.0).
So far, I have acquired the Basics silver, 1050, Minwax, Nap-R, Pthalo-G, Ultramarine, Cad-Y (deep), metric spoons, strainer, gallon paint can, lots of plastic protectant, dual-chamber respirator, and a squirrel mixer. I also have a 4x8' Styrofoam insulation piece for practice that I have just gesso'd on the shiny side and will practice on.
I plan on buying the noname (Graco
) for $50, 3.25" Spruce borders, ProtoStar, Rustoleum w/ crazy shipping costs, Basics gold, and a proper substrate.
I remember seeing posts claiming acrylic mirrors were bought for $80-130. Where can I find this? After S&H, I'm always over $200 for a 1/8" 4x8'. Apparently, HD and Lowes lack competitive prices here. In addition, my budget (aka wife) does not allow for single large purchases to show up in our checking, but doesn't really care nor notice multiples of <$100 purchases for hobby supplies/toys, etc, unless we are "saving" for something, which atm we are not
If I cannot find it for under $200, will my PQ/perceived CR be noticeably reduced ordering DW from HD vice LF? (*gives loaded gun to whomever replies)
Do I need a roll of Proto 81" long (3.25" planned borders), or will it look great with inconspicuous slicing at the center of each border using a 41" roll? I believe any less and I won't be able to confidently finish each spruce border.
Lastly, what recipe for my project should I be using, any items I am missing, and what can I improve in my limited knowledge of theatre/kid's-playroom#3/tvdinner/living/pizza&movies room?