Well MMan (as I expected) beat me to the punch on getting some info up on the thread concerning our work this week. He's already showing some of the shots he took in the thread he posted above. I'm going to try and take some tripod shots with my Canon DSLR this week for more detail.
The focus of MMan's visit this week was to get the screen wall smoothed out to perfection and then paint again. In the end we decided to utilize a 16' long 100" tall piece of polycarbonate that was just a hair under 3/16" thick. When I picked it up near Trenton (!) on Wednesday, the ticket had it weighing in at 130 lbs! Here is it sticking out the back of my truck, ready for the 2.5 hr ride home.
And here it is standing in the HT
Together, MMan and I troweled on about 4 gallons of a Liquid Nails plastic sheet adhesive in about 30 minutes since our working time was 45. Using my two boys, the four of us then hoisted it up and sat it on a 2x4 board we had a attached to the wall previously. After an initial misfire, we adjusted the position and pressed it up to the wall and started screwing in the truss head screws to hold it up there. I then rolled it all out with a floor laminate roller a few times to get a good set. Here it is afterwards all nice and shiny.
While the sheet was white, it still was somewhat translucent. So MMan started with a base of Glidden white gripper primer, say 3-4 sprays.
We tried out an initial mix of MMan's special paint that had a lot of silver in it. See his post and thread above. All those coats went up on Thursday and on Friday, we threw some images at it before we proceeded any further. While I liked the depth and contrast that mix of paint provided, I just couldn't get past the visibility of the screen in bright scenes. So I traded off and had him brew up a concoction that was far more white. Again see the thread linked above, but MMan added some pearl base and some leftover silver mix from the first go in Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Interior Enamel (Extra White - Satin).
After four coats were applied, we called it a day and cleaned up before testing it all out. Here are a couple shots after we were done.
That night we watched LOTR ROTK to test it out. I was extremely pleased with the result. I couldn't notice the screen at all and the images were fantastic. Now I could see a slight difference in the contract and depth, but not enough to want the other paint back. The prior version with all the visible screen I just couldn't take.
I threw in Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation, and Planet Earth the next morning before I took MMan to the airport for his flight home. Again, I was very happy with the resulting image on an absolutely flat, smooth wall.
BTW - The image we were throwing for all but Planet Earth (16:9) was a 15' wide scope from about 21'. The Epson 6010 was in Cinema mode with the lamp at ECO.
It was some long days, but it was well worth it. MMan delivered again, and did I mention he was coming down with a cold to boot!?! What a trooper. Thank MMan!
I'll get some shots up soon. Next steps are to paint around where the star field will go and start cutting and nailing up the trim. Oh, that's going to take some time with all those angles!