Originally Posted by scooterp7
OK. Let me state that I am the poster child for OCD. So, I have read myself to the point of bleeding eyeballs (have three windows open on the 3 different maxxmudd threads right now) all over the net on several different forums on making a mix for DIY screen.
Anyway I have just a few questions so I can get my head wrapped around this. Because, for now I am confused as hell! Now, please bear with me as I am sure these questions will be stupid, but, believe me, for all the reading I have done, I am just at a loss on the following points:
Hey! You've been around the Forum block long enough to know that prefacing questions with the comment "...bear with me as I am sure these questions will be stupid...." scares the hell out of people and tends to shut them off. I had to take a Pill and a nap before I responded.
Actually what has happened is that you have read but have not absorbed ( gleaned & compared info ) The answers to every question asked are on the Threads....just scattered about as references to questions asked along the way.
1. Is the first post updated like a Wiki post (it doesn't say, "last updated on ....." so I am not sure) and therefore has the latest info on the ingredients list?? The reason I ask regards all the later posts in the thread that talk about hard to find or impossible to find or substitute ingredients.
Usually, the first post on each thread has the current crop of information. When in doubt though....always ask. The stupidest questions are the ones you didn't think you needed to ask that come back later to haunt your efforts.
B. (Really stupid question) Is the water that is listed in the ingredients part of the recipe to be mixed with everything else?? I have seen posts where the water is coupled with references to rinsing utensils or containers or something that now my brain can no longer absorb.
The water amounts are used to rinse the utensils used to measure out the small amounts of Primaries, and to rinse out the containers(tubes) the reflective paint comes in. Usually the utensils are rinsed in a cup of water and the rinse water then added to the Colorant mix. Water squirted into Paint tubes is shaken within and then the remaining diluted paint is added to that which came out easily. All water listed in the Mix is utilized...how you use it is the only question to be answered by the user.
Third. I saw the question asked, but missed the answer. Is the $60ish sprayer sufficient for this application?
Yes.... but the $35.00 ish Graco works just as well...and for the difference in price one can also order a finer tip needle (1.5 mm) to use and still come in at /under $60.00
4. I have an entry level PJ (Optpma hd20) that is not in a great HT environment or in a basement. I have some ambient light, but believe a lot of my viewing will be at night any way. I suspect I will be playing with 120" or 136" diagonal from ~ 17ft. throw. Any recommendations on which formulation to use?
Originally Posted by scooterp7
Well hell! I might as well post all my questions. My wife has done all of the painting (including using a sprayer). Not sure that I have ever painted anything that actually had to look like something! Therefore, when I look at all the ingredients, it doesn't seem like much. I gathered from the reading that I will likely do 2-3 coats. At say 136", approx. how many times will I have to multiply the measure of ea. ingredient for each coat?
You don't. The amount of paint the listed ingredients make up is more than sufficient for the biggest sized screen you mentioned.
.............and you will be doing what is called "Duster Coats"...and that means 5-6 very lightly and rapidly applied coatings that build up eventually to create the surface desired.
The walls were all finished with a "slick finish" and have no texture. They are presently painted a maroon (kinda dark) color. I'm thinking (based on reading here) a couple coats of primer/base paint. Any direct recommendation on color (white or gray)?
Always White. 2 Coats...sand lightly...3rd coat for a perfect sub-surface prep.
He'll be baaaaack.