This thread is by far my favorite. all the "Powers that Be" are present. I stand in awe of the creativity.
Mark from Stewart makes some good points, as does Seand, but both forget that the purpose of finding an ideal surface finish for DIY'ers is the whole point, not spending as much for a Screen as you do for the PJ. That issue alone was enough to suppress the entry level market. But strangely enough, has anyone noted that everyone's Screen prices are dropping as well? Our efforts are in no small way affecting the Screen Mfg's line of thinking...even getting them a little riled
As this translates into LOWER SCREEN PRICING, perhaps the industry's products will become THE ONLY route to take. Until then..................*
I take issue with the statement that surface uniformity cannot be achieved. But not with the statement that when using Silver / Metallic paints that it becomes much more difficult. Creating a completely featureless surface and then priming is the key here. Now that I'm going to place even more X1's than 20-HDs, I have to switch into "High Gain" mode. All Grey with no gain makes Jack a dull screen. And I've been so used to having a small degree of ambient light in the room ("lots of Family Room Theaters.") that the recent light controlled rooms featuring the X1 are a little depressing. Fortunately, the big drop in Client expenditure has convinced many to bite despite their dislike of "Dark Room" viewing. In fact, I've got people buying Theater seating, new Drapery, and Pop Corn machines with the remaining balance left over from the difference between the price of a 20-HD and the X1, let alone that from a $1400.00 + screen. Bump that up to a "Auto Masking" screen and .........well, I'm speechless. (no cracks, please.)
Make no bones about it, the Stewart "hawk" line is awesome in it's capabilities, but so is a Lamborghini, and owing one of those cars seems to be impractical...for the time being.
KBK, I hope to have time to hobnob with you at the shootout and relate a few special techniques and tools used to assure a flat, smooth wall finish, so your Goo and my Gunk has no problem spreading and laying evenly. Who knows? You probably already have it worked out. In any case, I'll be listening with great interest to your presentation.