Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.... Rosco!
Photo: Rosco SuperSaturated Black Velour 6003(Top) vs. Benjamin Moore 215 80 Wall-Satin Flat Black(Bottom). 2 coats of each paint over black base. As you can see, the Rosco is clearly superior when it comes to light absorption. It truly nears fabric-level absorption! Sorry for the photo quality (again).
For those wondering about what mix ratio I used, unfortunately I can't say exactly as I did 3 gallons at once and started adding very little amounts toward the end to get it just right. I can say it was around 1quart + 2 or 3eighths RO Water to 1 gallon paint. Under 1/2:1. It's definitely a thicker paint to work with and "marks" easier, but the results are well worth it! I recommend using Microfiber roller-covers with this paint (and any other paint actually... they are amazing). I used Microfiber 10mm pile.
A little tip I learned along this journey for those of us with flat black walls in our theaters.... for removing marks from touching the walls, using a piece of masking tape works wonders if you use it quick... and if you hadn't just finished a bucket of fried chicken without washing your hands
I should mention that the BM paint pictured above is very black
, the blackest I had seen except for Rosco. So that gives you an idea of how great the Rosco really is at absorbing light.
I should also mention the light source is my Pioneer PRO-141FD 60" Plasma displaying a mostly white screen. The display is probably 8-10ft away from reflection point on an angle and about 6ft away from the side walls in the middle of the room. The Rosco is excellent at absorbing incoming light. I had said I thought it was lighter in some instances earlier in the thread, and it is lighter when you're looking at it facing the same way as the light source. In lighter conditions it takes on a greyer, more earthy kind of tone kind of hard to describe. I find it to be more pleasing aesthetically during these conditions than the pure flat black of other paints. This is including daylight...
...perhaps the same effect as the OP was describing earlier with the "college dorm room" comment. Though I didn't find the BM that bad during lighter conditions. It's kind of cool really, the Rosco gives you a real dark fabric-like appearance in dimly lit conditions/theater environment but when you lighten the room up it's not a "black" looking paint
To me, at least...
Originally Posted by rboster
Big thank you for taking all the time and effort to post pics and share your experiences with us. Great example of what makes AVS a great resource...members like yourself and the OP.
Well gee, thanks for saying that, rboster. That's very kind of you. I appreciate it
It's my pleasure doing all this! Any time I can give back to a site which has helped me GREATLY over the years I gladly take the opportunity! AVS is truly a great resource like you said.
Originally Posted by jonathanR
AurakXTC & 42Plasmaman:
What's your impression on light absorption with this super black paint versus say velveteen from syfabric or something similar? I just recieved the velvet fabric, I was going to use it on a 12'x14' ceiling. But the more I think about maybe I'm going to need a professional upholstery person to put it up. I've checked with several carpet people and upholstery people and no one seems to want to do any work or side job for something on the ceiling. The only bid I had was for $400. And i'm more the tech guy than handyman guy. I was thinking about ebaying or selling the 20yds of material I have and just painting with the Rosco.
Fabric is still slightly better, but check out the above photo, see what you think!