i'm a latecomer to the DIY paint discussion, and i have a question about the poll. obviously SF and BW are more advanced DIY mixes that essentially require spraying, but i've done some searches for S-I-L-V-E-R and found nothing. is there an apocryphal thread on it, or is there something else i'm missing?
i have a runco CL-420* with a BOC screen around 100" 16:9, about 13' throw. walls are dark wood panel and the carpet is red and black. my basement was finished in the 1970s.
ceiling is dropped white tile. night time performance has been very satisfactory, but day performance is barely acceptable to poor, with some notable exceptions (e.g. HDTV over the air). i would like to improve ambient/daylight performance without sacrificing too much in dark performance, which is outstanding.
i have been debating between the BD OTS + satin starting with an N8.5 base or perhaps exploring a more advanced mix like SF or BW. i have also found a commercial screen paint (paint on screen 3DHD) on ebay for a cheap-ish price ($40/quart instead of $180/quart), but reviews are limited. i know commercial paints don't really fit in any discussion category on here, and my searches have not found much positive or negative about this particular commercial paint.
perhaps DIY is the best route. so my questions are, is N8.5 a good starting place given my projector and PQ goals? will i achieve better results from my stated goals if i go to a more advanced DIY mix like SF or BW? what, if anything, can be said about the commercial paint on a strictly DIY forum? what is S-I-L-V-E-R?
*i bought the CL-420 as a floor model from a local store. they had it marked at $990, but i offered $600 in cash and they took it! it looks phenomenal, and i got a really incredible deal on it. sure, it's not 1080P, but it's about the best $600 i could get out of projection.