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ckolchak, we have had excellant results using a painters pad and 2-3 coats of paint on a stretched blackout cloth screen. Since I wanted a screen wider than the 54" cloth, I started with a cotton bedsheet and applied 3 coats white paint over latex primer. No hotspots, no hassle. Take your time and use care and I would expect a good result.
As I said before, where hand application does not suffice is when attempting higher gain screens with glass beads and metallic pigments - nor does simple spray apparatus help. I would venture to guess that screen manufacturers may use proprietary manufacturing processes designed to evenly apply retro-reflective materials, using special equipment, perhaps even paint robots a la Detroit automobile finishes. If you need such a surface, buy it, unless you have the time and money and inclination to experiment. Some day someone may well come up with a satisfactory DIY high gain surface. As for me, I achieved "good enough" first attempt, so now I keep an eye on this forum for new developments, in between watching DVD movies.
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