Originally Posted by cbesper
BUMP! I'm actually VERY interested in going this route. I just bought a house and will be setting up a home theater in the basement. Since I am now on a budget and I like running my projected image bigger than what is the norm (thanks to my bright DT-400), I will almost definitely be projecting onto a painted wall. I'd be curious to read some reviews.
You may be very interested in this then... it is a product called Gray Screen and is $40 for a gallon (only a quart is needed). It is listed on color swatches along with house paints, but the spectrophotometer data on it indicates this isn't a typical gray.
It is very neutral in color (a munsell N8 color value), which is a desirable trait in a screen. It is also very slightly red deficient which aids in better contrast and clarity when watching in incandescent lighting conditions. I would not call it an ambient light screen solely because it is gray, but it is definitely ambient friendly. Last, it comes in a matte finish which is unusual. House paints normally come in flat, eggshell, satin, or gloss. Matte is between a flat finish and an eggshell finish, and is what most commercial unity gain screens are. It is also formulated to be scrub-able to a certain extent.
I am actually talking to the company right now... a neutral gray, slightly red deficient, matte finish, and named 'Gray Screen'
all seem too coincidental to just be an accident. I think this was engineered as a screen paint, it's just not marketed as that... not yet at least...
I have a test screen of this up right now for evaluation and it performs extremely well. There is a thread on it in the sub forum about neutral grays, but I don't think I will be posting much in there anymore. When the company gets back to me and if they confirm it was created as a screen paint, I will add it to the list here as well, and provide more details on it in this forum.
I have preliminary screen shots and will be taking a wide variety more, including daytime images. It is not magic like some commercial screen paints would like you to believe, but I would rate it right up there with the paints listed in this thread.
Here are some very crude screen shots, I didn't have a tripod set up for these shots and the camera was not setup for an optimal picture (auto mode setting, lack of tripod is where the blur is from). The screen actually looks better in person. I will have better screen shoots soon.
The above picture doesn't show this, but to the left of the screen is a huge bay window (almost 7' across and the windows are over 6' high). To the right you can see another window and it is easy to see the amount of sunlight in this room at this time of day.
None of these pictures were altered in anyway, not even to resize them, so they are raw screen shots.
I am not trying to promote DIY in this forum, I have reason to believe this may have actually been design as a screen paint, and as I stated above I am in the process of confirming that with the company. If they state this was not specifically designed as a screen paint, I will not post any more in here on it, and will most likely delete this post.
I plan on a comprehensive shoot off between all the commercial screen paints listed here, but that will not happen until after the holidays. There is a cost factor in buying them and I would rather buy Christmas presents than screen paints to do a report on, I think that is understandable. Now that there are seven legitamate commercial screen paint companies, and two companies selling screen paints on eBay as 'commercial products', as well as the possibility the one I mentioned may be designed as a screen paint... well it's time they all had a test/shoot off done and some reporting on them.
Screen paints like Goo are not everyone's cup of tea, but there are quite a few people interested in them and not the speculative nature of some DIY methods. (although some are quite good)