Why the objections to painting? Some responses are automatically in opposition. Might I suggest "Think Different"?
No it can't be true.
It seems kind of foolish…
Show me an AT painted wall for the mass market…
The projectorcentral article was objective. It showed that painting can give good results for those who want to go that route. To suggest that painting is unacceptable because the substrate might not be flat, or that no one sells painted screens, or because of hotspotting, is a bit sus. Choose a flat substrate, buy the right paint, apply it correctly, and you'll get better results that a Studiotek 100, and very close to a Studiotek 130. But it will be a lot of time-consuming, fiddly work, which will require assistance, and most people would prefer to buy a ready-made product. With a painted screen you have to do everything from scratch:
- Choose the substrate and haul it home. It too two men to lift the 2400 x 1200 MDF weighing 40 kgs onto my roofrack.
- Choose the paint. If you are in the USA, that's easy because projectorcentral tells you which one. But if you are in another country, you'll have to find a local equivalent – if there is one.
- Cut the substrate to size. You'll need saw-horses, a power saw, measuring tapes, straight edges, large workshop space, accommodating partner…
- Tidy up the cut edges.
- Paint the substrate and make it look presentable with black borders or whatever.
Who wants to attempt all that? Much easier to buy a screen ready to go, or that can be put together easily.
I'm testing various surfaces at the moment for use as a screen, and even though painting won't be among my screen choices because of my situation, I want to see for myself how good it is compared to other surfaces. As such:
- I've emailed Dulux, Wattyl, and Sherwin-Williams about a local equivalent to the paint recommended by projectorcentral, and purchased a small amount
- bought the MDF board
- bought a 24 x 24 sample fabric from Seymour. Ques: where can I obtain samples of Studiotek or other pro fabrics?
- rounded up samples of promising roller-blind material
- emailed the manufacturers of the roller mechanisms (http://www.rollease.com/skylinegalaxy.html and http://www.benthin.info/blinds/roller-1.aspx), so that I can design my own roll-up screen using only the best components. The local blind manufacturer is going to make the screen. He seems to know what he's doing. For example, he said that the fabric from the roll, under tension when originally rolled, should be cut and allowed to settle down for at least 24 hours before assembly.
Once everything is gathered together, the testing will start (see), and then the interactive PDF will follow. This will be the second of my extensive testing projects. I think it will be an interesting read. Check out the first: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=70942.msg561917#msg561917
A suggestion for the naysayers: it's not sensible to automatically knock an idea just because it's different, or difficult to achieve, or uncommon. The evidence is in: painting can give superb results – but my goodness it will take a lot of work.