Originally Posted by biglyle
Its funny really. Over the last 3-5 years I have spent over a $1000 on paint, just so I can tinker with screens. I have tried almost everything, including some mixes that had 20 ingredients. Some looked good, some not so good. Looking back over the years I can honestly say the difference has never been huge. From plain old flat white, all the way to the most complicated mix going, to the simple mix I have now. The results are all similar. Take away a basis for comparison and most people would be happy with any screen as long as it is smooth, doesnt hotspot or shimmer and allows for good color. Everything else becomes a victim of perception. This screen is as good as any I've tried. Took 5 minutes to mix, and less than 5 minutes per coat. I have finally realized that the seacrh for that final 5% in performance gain just isnt worth the effort. With a new son on the way, and a life going good, I think its time to sit back and enjoy and stop fussing over that ever elusive 5%.
I'm sure I have spent that much too. I don't really think of it as money spent on a screen as much as money spent to entertain myself for the last couple of years. In the last two years the contrast and brightness of projectors that most of us can afford, has increased dramatically. This has lead to there being much less need to try and compensate for projector shortcomings with exotic screen surfaces.
I think the current requirements of a DIY Screen solution boils down to the following:
- Color Neutrality
- Smooth Finish
- Adequate Gloss
After that there seems to be some subtle enhancement to the image depth or transparency of the screen by adding some degree of translucency to the surface. The control of gloss and addition of some translucency is of course contributed by the Minwax Clear Satin Polycrylic. There may be other products such as the water base Varathane Satin that will work but the Minwax I am sure of.
It was mentioned that a quart of the Minwax Satin Polycrylic is a bit pricy. This is true but keep in mind that it also comes in 1/2 pint cans (8oz.). Therefore a quart of one of the matte (not flat) paints and a 1/2 pint of the satin polycrylic is all you need to apply two, possibly three coats to a 100+ inch screen.
One addition quality that the satin polycrylic adds is the ability for the paint to level out and significantly reduce the roller texture. Of course the underlying surface must be smooth to begin with.
There is still one last advantage that many anxious new projector owners may appreciate. All the ingredients can be purchased at Lowes or Home Depot. One stop on the way home on a Friday night.
I'm looking forward, with less trepidation, to the results that E-A-G-L-E-S and
kingjamez will report. Now that biglyle has tried a 3:1 flat paint + satin polycrylic, it will be interesting to see if E-A-G-L-E-S and kingjamez find the 4:1 or 3:1 ratio more suitable for the matte paints.