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Matching Stewart's GrayHawk would take more than just a colour match at the paint store. They also put an optical coating on the screen (much like that on a 1.3 gain screen) that is supposed to increase your contrast ratio by 20%. You can't simulate that with just plain paint. Keep in mind that a grey painted screen is really only correcting for too bright an image on your screen, it will cut your peak light output just as much as your black level. That's not to say it doesn't improve the image, it does cut down on the light reflecting around your room that will affect your black level. I don't know if it will work 90% as well, but it may be fine if you can't/won't pay Stewart's permium prices. You should also look into KBK's custom paints
BTW, I don't think the Blackhawk is a DNP screen...although I can't speak for Stewart.