Originally Posted by malsip72
I first made and painted my SILVER FIRE 2.0 screen 3 years ago. I have don 4 or 5 touch ups with the prevail sprayers. (works great). And now I have decided to do a whole freshen up. My wife and I both smoke and used to smoke in the room with the screen. We had tried cleaning it with a magic eraser. That works well, but leaves some streaks which drove me nuts. We are no longer smoking in the room at new house. So I figured its time.
I still have 1/2 a gallon of screen paint left from original mix. Grabbed the squirrel cage mixer and all is great. Storage can now has a pin hole at bottom will need to get new can.
Wagner fired right up. (only used it one other time to paint some shelves white).
Did a full scrub down 3 times then sanded over the touched up spots. Washed one more time. And now have applied about 6 duster coats.
Looking like the screen I made 3 years ago.
SO I DO HAVE A QUESTION: WITH THE MULTIPLE COATS FROM START 3 YEARS AGO AS WELL AS WHAT WAS ADDED TODAY, AM I LOOSING THE LIGHT FUSION EFFECT?
I did think about replacing the white board with new, but decided against it only because of the weather.
And as always I would like to give special thanks to Mississippi Man and PB for all of their work and time that they give us for free. All of the work, money and effort I spent 3 years ago is still giving.
I will post some Superbowl pics later when screen is dry and up.
Thanks for sharing, and especially thanks for showing that Silver Fire paint can be stored (properly) and re-used after extended periods of time. (3 years! ;eek: ) The fact is, the preponderance of Polyurethane and the quality of Acrylic Paints used are what contributes to this.
As for the "Fusion" effect, since you are using a "White" board, the only real additional effect you get aside from the rearward "White" surface stopping absorption comes from the translucency and specific thickness of the SF paint itself. You have what is commonly known these days as "1st Surface White Fusion"...which is in every since the retention of as much light as possible that passes through the darker SF paint. The Painted surface will still slightly "glow" because it is after all slightly translucent, although not nearly as much as the original "Mirrored Light Fusion" screens.
Because you sprayed, and especially since you used the "Duster" technique, I am certain you have not applied so much paint as to create a diffusion and overt absorption of the incoming light. In any case, as the new paint cures, it hardens and becomes slightly less abortive.
But your own eyes are the final judge, and if you yourself are seeing no lessening of image quality, well there is the answer you seek. Enjoy! And thanks again for sharing!
Originally Posted by thahorrah
Noob with questions. Have perused these forums for quite some time here. Bought an 8350 for a room approx 16' wide by 30' long. Room has a pool table in the rear half so 15'+/- for HT. Have already made a screen with Menards melamine coated hardboard using MM for ambient light. I'm a weekend wood worker with an hvlp sprayer and pretty good spraying technique. For polyurethane only it seems. My screen is plagued with spray pattern where it didn't even out. That said, I think that maybe I selected the wrong mix. I'm pleased with the image, but think maybe the SF would be better suited. To the details, my screen is in a "cove" under a soffit. It's about a 98" diag. Walls are flat darkish blue gray color. There is some ambient light if I want it and 3 windows with blackout shades. PJ is mounted about 15.5 feet back. Question time. What mix of SF would be recommended with my very vague and somewhat poor description of my room? And also, if I'm wrong I apologize, is SF rollable? I ask simply put because with paint my technics and results are far better this way as opposed to spraying.
Thank you guys so much for the time and effort you put into helping us non professionals out.
Welcome aboard AVS and the DIY Screen Forum in particular.
I have a mixed bag of impressions / feelings going on here. First,I applaud your choice of MM (MississippiMud or RS-MaxxMudd?) as a viable Screen choice. But at the same time I'm concerned about your stated issues as far as having an observable spray pattern. A sprayed MM mix should be among the easiest of applications to avoid such "patterning" issues. So that would point to both spray technique and specific HVLP Gun settings as well as the consistency and viscosity of the "MM" mix itself.
Also, any "MM" mix that would have ambient light properties would involve the use of small amounts of Silver Metallic, or in the very least the introduction of a small amount of neutral Gray additive. To go further with is, I'd need to know exactly what your "MM" mix contains and in what proportions. And also what type of HVLP Gun you are using and at what settings, if such are indeed adjustable.
I'm fairly certain your issues can be easily corrected, and unless the "MM"mix you used is under performing in the ambient light department, some simple adjustments in content and spraying technique should resolve any / all issues without your resulting to any wholesale changes.
So ante up some more details and we'll get you formily back on tract toward having a great screen!