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Thread Starter 

Hi All, 

 

Newbie here...

 

....I've been reading through the forum for quite a while now, but am still confused as to what screen paint I should be going for. My current setup: In my dedicated home cinema, I have a Panasonic AT-AE8000 projecting onto a BOC screen. I have ambient light control, so no concerns there. Spraying will be difficult and so low nap rollers will be the way to go.

 

What is currently the best DIY screen paint out there?

 

Many thanks,

 

Nav.

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by navroopsehmi View Post

Hi All, 

Newbie here...

....I've been reading through the forum for quite a while now, but am still confused as to what screen paint I should be going for. My current setup: In my dedicated home cinema, I have a Panasonic AT-AE8000 projecting onto a BOC screen. I have ambient light control, so no concerns there. Spraying will be difficult and so low nap rollers will be the way to go.

What is currently the best DIY screen paint out there?

Many thanks,

Nav.

Welcome to the AVS DIY Screen Forum, Nav!

First off, define what you state is "Ambient Light Control" (...will you actually do "all" your watching in complete darkness?...)
Secondly, elaborate as to "Dedicated". Is the Theater optimally set up, with non-reflected Ceilings, and Walls?
Seating Distance and Projector Throw?
Screen Size?.

Thirdly,while spraying might seem difficult, I can assure you it is not, nor is it expensive...and with BOC as a Base, rolling is not all that easy nor assured of demanding results.

As for the "Best" DIY paint, there are many choices....some that have a far wider range of usage potential, others that are excellent within a confined range of use. The answers to the queries above will help greatly in determining what would be best...as in "ideally" suited for your given circumstances.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome MississippiMan!

 

The Home Cinema is located up in the loft/attic, with decor complete (ideally not the correct way round to do things), and we will be doing all our watching in complete darkness.

 

The Ceiling is a dark coffee brown, and as it stands we don't notice any reflections from the walls with the BOC sreen. I will hopefully post up some photos of how it currently looks. The walls are a lighter shade of brown, but are angled downwards, and again don't seem to be the source of any reflections.

 

The Projector throw is 4.8m, and the distance from the front row of seats (head position) to the screen is 4.2m. The screen size (picture size) is 1.95m x 3.5m.

 

The reason I was preferring rolling, was because the room is complete in terms of carpet laid, walls painted etc. If spraying will dramatically improve results, then I'll go with that and just make sure everything is covered up.

 

I'm quite impressed (as a newbie) with how the BOC looks, but I feel it could do with more "pop"; there seems to be that something missing which I'm hoping I'll be able to achieve with a screen paint.

 

Up until now I was considering a Black Widow screen, however that appears more geared to handling ambient light, and may not be the best option for a completely dark room.

 

Looking forward to your advice!

 

Nav.

post #4 of 8
I would suggest RS-MaxxMudd LL because it is roll-able, if rolling is the final choice. Spraying on whatever choice paint you make will be easier, as far as in the "applying" part, and assure you of a near perfect finish. The only real "effort' being to cover surfaces and use correct spraying / sanding technique. Many swear by rolling as being sifficent, but that usually applies to do so on solid surfaces....not fabric.

You could also use a good quality, basic White such as the recently acclaimed Glidden 9000....but as in any "White", you really cannot discount the effect room reflections will have on your image. Reflections at present are muted because BOC is under 1.0 gain. With RS-MM or GL 9000, you be above 1.0, and a White Screen "will" pick up the reflections off even a darker wall and be affected by such...to some degree.

But at least the Ceiling is Dark...and later if you find you do have reflective issues with your slopes, you can paint them out from the screen wall about 5' using the same Coffee shade of the ceiling.
post #5 of 8
I agree with what MississippiMan is saying about the BOC. I had a screen that was made of BOC and it was a pain to roll. I couldn't get enough pressure on the roller and it took extra coats of paint to get it right.

I also had a RS-MaxxMudd LL screen and that was a huge improvement over just plain BOC. The colors really popped and had better contrast. I rolled that on a sheet of hardboard and not BOC. I have since moved onto SilverFire mix and sprayed it. Spraying is not hard at all. Just watch a few videos on it and it is a piece of cake. I just picked up a No name aka Graco hvlp spray gun.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks MississppiMan,

 

I'm probably going to go with the GL 9000, just because of the fewer ingredients (I'm based in the UK). At the same time, I'm keeping an eye on Kirnak's "The Great Dedicated Theater Room Paint Shootout!" thread to see what results he gets.

 

Any idea what the equivalent Dulux paint is for GL 9000?

 

I do actually have a sprayer available, so I think I will give that a go

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks Splatee,

 

What paint did you use on your BOC? Definitely sounds like spraying is the way to go...

 

I went with BOC because of the ease with which I could put it all together. What's your opinion on RS-MaxxMudd LL vs. White (GL 450/9000)?

 

I have a spraygun like this, will it do the job? http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/ap15-hvlp-spray-gun?da=1&TC=GS-000510096

post #8 of 8
I had painted my BOC with Sherwin Williams tinted Unique Gray. I found that to be a bit dull though.

I am not familiar with those types of spray guns. From what I have read it is not woth it to use because the air compressor can have water built up in the tank and also hard to keep a consistent air pressure. This is the gun I used....

http://www.gleempaint.com/noname.html

And the RS-MaxxMudd LL is a good mix. It is simple to mix and you can roll it easy.
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