In cooperation and collusion with PB-Maxx, here is the latest version of Silver Fire.
Primary credit goes to PB-Maxx for these changes, as he is ever diligent in trying to keep both Paint Component quality and availability in line with Silver Fire's performance potential.
The Following edit contains what is the most recent version of the Silver Fire formulation. Previous versions retain their validity, but the most recent versions are geared toward both refining the Formula, and in some instances, replacing components that either are hard / impossible to get, or less effective than the current choices. In the most recent version below, the individual Component amounts within the Reflective Base are graduated depending upon the chosen darkness of the mix upon adding specif amounts of SF Colorant.
*Last update/revision - 01/17/2014
SILVER FIRE v2.5
All Liquitex Paints are found at Micheal's Arts & Crafts, Hobby Lobby Stores, or On-line at sources like www.DickBlick.com. Searches via Amazon and Ebay often return discounted results as well.
Silver Fire Colorant Update
The following is an update to the Silver Fire v2.5 mix and applies to the colorant components.
Given the independent hard data... and descriptions from independent SF users making screens for themselves...
I am compelled to make these minor changes and make SF even more RGB nuetral.
(Colorant Components) [color=red]- update 11/27/13[/color]
100ml - filtered/distilled water for rinsing color components from utensils
50ml - Liquitex Basics - Napthol Crimson Red
25ml - Liquitex Basics - Phthalocyanine Green
14ml - Liquitex Basics - UltraMarine Blue
10ml - Liquitex Basics - Cadmium Yellow - Deep Hue
***16 oz. Minwax Polycrylic - Satin Finish Home Depot / Lowes
24 - 36 oz. Distilled or Filtered water*
NEW Substitution for Minwax Polycrylic Satin (water based) (..this means "use it" if at all possible..) 09-21-2013
***Rustoleum's Ultimate Polyurethane Matte Finish (water based)
(Lowes is main source, Home Depot and Menard's haven't picked it up yet)
Qt = $12
(Reflective Base Components)*
|Silver Fire v2.5 hue (Colorant amount in ounces – oz)||1.0||2.0||3.0||4.0||5.0|
|Rustoleum Metallic Accents – White Pearl* See link below **||20||21||22||23||24|
|Liquitex Basics Silver *** Micheals||20||21||22||23||24|
|Behr 1850 UPW Flat Home Depot||10||10||10||10||10|
|Liquitex Basics Gold Micheals||1.50||1.75||2.00||2.25||2.50|
The "Non-Bold" figures in the Reflective Base Table above are also "Ounces". As the "darkness" of a SF mix rises, the amount of Reflective Base components also rise
NEW Substitution for Liqutex Basics Silver 09-21-2013 (..this means "use it" if at all possible..)
***Martha Stewart's Living Metallic Polished Silver 343 560
(comes in 10oz containers at LOWES and some Home Depot s for $6 each)
* Rustoleum Metallic Accents - White Pearl is currently found only at Menards or Online.
*The 'Base' & 'Viscosity' components are mixed together separately from the 'colorant' components.
Attention: To mix the prescribed amounts of Base & Viscosity Mixes together, as well as when adding the desired amount of Colorant, it is suggested that a 2 gallon Plastic Container be used. Such Containers will, besides offering a "No Spillage" size to mix things in, not shed Teflon particles off the sides like the metal 1 gallon Cans often do if one barks the sides frequently with the recommended Squirrel Cage Mixing Tool (see link below)
Also they are quite flexible, allowing one to squeeze the Top into a "Pour Spout" that makes dispensing the paint into a "Gallon-Size" can that has a Nylon Mesh Paint Strainer ** over the top of it. The last item is essential and absolutely mandatory to avoid Paint Chips, and other particles from clogging the Gun's Tip during spraying.
The Strainer listed in the Link directly above (...or similar products...) are also usually available at Home Depot or Lowes (...strangely though not at Paint Stores... Go Figure? )
Paper Cone type Strainers "WILL NOT WORK", so if you cannot source the Strainer type listed, order some. They are reusable if rinsed "backwards" immediately after use.
Last warning...........do not attempt to spray without straining the paint. besides eliminating clogging, observing the rate of speed the paint drains through the Strainers in an invaluable help in determining as to if the completed paint mix is Thin enough. It should just barely "poop" in the Strainer, but then drop though at a rate consistent with the steady but even flow from the mixed paint container. (...the flow should be approx the same rate you would pour Milk into a smaller sized Glass.....)
Suggested Electric HVLP Guns:
*Graco electric sprayer starts with 24oz. of water minimum. Wagner DD - 24oz minimum. Wagner CS - 36oz minimum.
If one can obtain a Graco Electric HVLP it is STRONGLY suggested that everyone obtain one of these smaller 1.5 mm or 1.0 mm Needle assemblies:
NOOBS: Read the next section carefully !!!!!
The numerical equivalent of the shade of Gray (SF v2 1.0/1.5/2.0/2.5/3.0/4.0/5.0 on to ad nausea-um ) is equal to the amount "IN OUNCES" of Colorant added to what is a consistent and unchanging* Base combo of reflective and viscosity mixes.
* (...unless we decide to change them, of course. We'll let you know if we do.)
You want a lighter Silvery Gray screen that is excellent for a dedicated Theater yet still assists in improving perceived Contrast? Use 1 to 1.5 "OUNCES" of SF Colorant added to the reflective and viscosity Bases.
A Darker Gray for combating Ambient Light? Add 3.0 "OUNCES" That would make the SF v2 Screen a "3.0 version"
Got a veritable Light Cannon and unusually high Ambient Light situation so that you need something Really Dark? Add 5 "OUNCES" of colorant for a SFv2 5.0 screen.
Questions? Post or PM "BEFORE" you get started. Please. Dedicated build Threads of your own Authoring are always best.
Edited by MississippiMan - 1/17/14 at 8:38pm