Once Upon A Time In The West......
Seems a good start.
The Green Flash Brewery Screen. Indeed a challenge from start to finish.
Memory serves to relate that this is at least a 184" diagonal Screen ( 90' x 160") It's size does not become apparent until I start moving across or standing in front of it.
Projector is a Optoma TH1020P
This is a Silver Fire v2.5 5.0
application painted directly onto smoothed (Ha, ha, ha...), finished (Snort / sputter!) Primed (excessively) Drywall.
But don't let me make less of it that it was....no sir!
This was a Warehouse Wall....above the 12' level, where the original Drywall finishers didn't give a.......single thought about trying to cover and smooth any joints. (see below) and the outside finish was a coarse, pebbly textured paint. Hmmmmm....lets make a Screen out of this.
Really though, this absolute worst case example I saw at the time as being a way to show wannabee Drywall Miracle Finishers how to smooth out really coarse textured walls. That is after i got over the shock of just how rough the wall surface was !!!!!
That was about exactly when I told Dave that a Screen in 2 days was an impossible task. I don't take "impossible" lightly, myself not usually owning up to anything "Screen - wise" being impossible. But just the drywall finishing was going to be a 2 day affair, because the only available time to work was at night when the Brewery was shut down. And as luck would have it, being January in San Deigo doesn't assure one of Balmy days and mild nights.
No...IT WAS COLD AT NIGHT!
Drywall mud does not dry fast in the cold.
Primer does not dry fast in the cold.
Paint does not dry fast in the cold.
Time can really drag when your cold........
The situation had to change or drowning in "beer" wasn't what lay in store for me......
But....after what seemed a desperate and depressing first 24 hours, we acquired the only two "Mini" Propane Heaters in all of extreme Southern California.
Now I could "COOK"!
The first image is of the initial start of the masking of the Screen parameter. The spot chosen (by me) was for both widely dispersed viewing and because that area of the wall was the least decrepit.
However the next AM it was related that the spot chosen was too high. "Must be Lower".......much lower. and intrude into the area where the Wall Mounted Flat screen TV was hanging. (see above) That involved dealing with this.....:
Eight lovely large Lag Screw Holes and two empty Receptacle holes. All those lumpy joints and the wall texture wasn't enough. Absolutely...my Beer allotment doubled immediately.
So we gotter masked off.....as also shown above, and i went to work with Knife, Mud Tray, Sanding sponges. So first I scraped the wall with a 4" wide Scraper Tool. But "lightly" so as to remove the topmost points and to flatten out the texture to at least some even degree.
Then I applied a Skim of Drywall compound over the entire surface and scraped it lightly. I let that dry, lightly sanded the entire surface, then applied another skim coat....let that Dry and Sanded again.
Moving on....less than 48 hours later I was ready to Prime. I decided to go back to an old friend....Kilz2 Latex, undiluted and applied with a 1/2" nap roller so as to deposit a ample amount of paint. I reasoned this would both help to cover and to fill in small depressions than remained.
2 nd coat of Primer
3 rd coat of Primer
After the 3 rd Coat of Primer
(...I sanded between the second / third coat, and again between the 3rd primer coat and the 1st SF coat
At this time we added even more Plastic masking protect the couple thousand dollars worth of Souvenirs and that really nice massively Wood Topped bar.
Oh let's not forget this. The Self Propelled Scissor Lift. Absolutely necessary, and just as necessary that I thread it into and out of as well as back and forth in this little slot.
Yes....2 Tons of Joystick controlled Steel squeezed between shelves of costly products and a Bar I couldn't begin to put a value to. Less than 6" space on either side.
Anybody getting a feel for the laws of probability (...and 'ol Murphy...) that seemed to be dangling above my head in all this?
I'll just say this once. The Beer got me through it all.
So...let us "spray" together......:
I'm sure you noticed the difficulty I had with the trailing Hose hanging up on the Platform railing. When that happened you will note I stopped and restarted at the opposite end, feathering into my pervious stopping point. After 3 times or so I learned how far out behind me I had to hold the hose.
Also, that big dark spot on the upper right of the Screen is not / was not too much paint, but the difference in surface color between where the drywall mud was the thickest and the wall area that had a much thinner skim. The thicker area was more smooth, but also more light absorptive, and did not reflect light as effectively as the thinner mud & Primed areas. As you'll note after the 2nd coat below, the spot has almost blended completely.
Time for the pause that refreshes.........
After the 3 rd Coat
After the 4th Coat
After the 5th and final Coat, while the paint is still wet...:
......and as the Plastic is being removed. This shot taken from very close, and it shows how even after considerable effort to smooth, prime, and paint, the high contrast nature of the Silver Fire still makes any surface irregularities become more easily apparent. Luckily, from a Floor Viewed angle, any remaining blemished areas were wholly invisible, especially during a screening.
This shot represents the color / depth of Gray / Silver hue the Silver Fire v2.5 5.0
And lastly (almost) a shot of the finished screen, sans trim, in a image taken with a flash from directly below.
The very last shot to offer helps to show just how high up 30' really is !!! I had to use 12' of Schedule 40 PVC Pipe to place the Optoma at a ideally suited height.
That brings us fully up abreast of Dave's photos above. I finished the big screen late in the evening before the morning of my protracted departure. Not really any time to spare at all.
But Dave's hospitality was impeccable....the Beer was delectable....and the palpitations I had early on barely perceptible.Edited by MississippiMan - 11/25/12 at 5:00pm