Originally posted by JimmyDaves
My concern with ME is that I have a Sony HS10 that has been calibrated and the picture is not that bright, even using this off-white colored wall. IN addition to watching DVD's, I also play a lot of XBox video games and at times I'm wanting that added punch and vividness that seems to be lacking unless I take the CC40R filter off the HS10.
Any suggestions on this? At times I'm convinced it's ME for me and at other times, I feel that I should just go with the Behr Ultra White stuff.
Realizing the color correctness that the proper mix gives you 'without' reducing luminosity any further is the key to obtaining a blissfull state. ME is great for lazybones who want easy results that mostly satisfy, but it IS NOT a universal panecea. It works best with pjs outputing 800 to 1100 lumens, and it's grey/green properties are there soley for enhancing Black (contrast) levels. By it being a lighter shade of grey than other High Contrast screens or mixes allows colors and white to be more vivid with low Lumen PJs. But the continuing search for reclaiming lost white levels after applying ME is what drives other's, including CMRA, Scoob, and myself to further experimentation.
Except now, after my latest two adventures, for me, this arrogant, displaced Hoosier dwelling in the bottoms of Mississippi, feels that really, at this point, as far as "Painting Walls" are concerned, no more experimentation is really necessary. CMRA must feel that way too because he's gone off into the Twillight Zone in search of a window into the future.
(...either that or he just came into some stock in a Plastic Resin Company...)
The bitter part is that his results ARE also outstanding, but like expensive Mfg. Screens, the Plexi scheme involve sacrafice. Mabey a drastic one if your first painting attempt with CMRA's "Witches Brew" on a full size Plexi sheet goes awry. Rocket Science, this needs not to be, nor does anyone deserve to crash & burn trying a new idea. Now I'm not really dissin' CMRA's Plexi idea, only pointing out that road should not be taken without accepting the potential for more heartbreak than joy.
Better to wait and let some fool spend his or someone elses' money trying it out on a 5'x10' plexi sheet, eh CMRA?
Back to the real world.
A grey or silver background coat followed by a white or white/pearlesence topcoat. My 'bottom coat' vote goes to using 2 quarts of almost pure Beir Silver Metallic mix containing 6 oz of straight Flat white base if rolling, or 4 oz. of water if you spray.
Boy o Boy. If you didn't do an excellent job of smoothing your wall, the SM will cause every little defect to jump off the wall at you. Critical is the need to lay down both the necessary amount of Mud across the wall, and sand every inch of the screen area. Adding a thin skim of mud between areas where mud was necessary to fill or cover defects reduces the chance that variations in mudded wall texture vs plain Drywall surface will pop through.
Cover the entire area with a good, flat white primer, or better still, a medium grey primer.
HEY! why didn't I think of that before!???! Yeowee! Using a Primer mixed with Lamp Black to acheive a moderate grey hue will / should greatly enhance the ease of coverability with the subsiquent SM!
Won't nuthin' make covering the SM with thin layers of GOO or UPW-F with 50% Perlscence added any easier, so buck up. White over dark is always a bugger bear, hence why most cover dark paint with white primer first.
If the wall seems smooth to the touch over it's entire surface, then it's ok if after applying the SM if you see scratch marks from sanding. As long as the Silver color within the specific area is uniform, the Top Coat will erase those visible lines. Trust me.
The finished product should give you outstanding contrast, better color saturation, excellent veiwing angle, a really REALLY bright image, and the slight grey hue will diffuse the HS10's SDE.
Unless your rolling, DO NOT wet sand any but the final spray coating of Top Coat. And sand that very lightly or you may need another finising coat on top of that because the layers from spraying are mighty thin. The SSs I posted on "Friday Night Fish leftovers" last night are on a unsanded sprayed wall because i must wait until the final construction mess is over to sprayapply another couple coats of Goo CRT White Top Coat to round out the final finish quality. That's when I'll lightly sand the very top layer.
I just sprayed the screen mentioned above with the SM/water mix and the results were outstanding....but when spraying thin coatings, it is exceedingly tedious work to equalize the coverage of SM. To be safe, a 3 quart mix for both rolling and spraying will assure that you have enough mix to completely cover your wall. @ $20.00 a quart, the SM really isn't that expensive when you consider the pain and suffering you'd experience by being "just that close' to finishing your coverage and darn, your at the bottom of the tray or can.
Either way, expect the coverage of the wall with the SM to be a slow, careful process when rolling, and slower still when spraying because of the multible coats required.
When applying the Top Coat of choice, expect the first coating to look horrible. (...for that matter, so does the first coat of SM...) The SM shines right through and highlights EVERY discrepency in your coverage, tempting you to go back over it again. But don't. Let each thin coat dry throughly, then apply more top coat to the darker (thinner coated) areas first, let dry, then apply another full coat over the area.
This all may seem like a lot of troble, but is isn't really.
..and the results won't give you the longer list of considerations and concerns Plastic sheet brings to the equation, such as finding a way of mounting it flat, keeping Static Electricity under control, keeping kids from touching the screen with 'scratchy' objects, oh...the list is pretty long, and includes a lot of the undesirables that Mfg screen posses.
..if it didn't look so damnable fine!
Below is a SSs showing a true color sky combined with correct flesh tone.
..and dem Blacks be mighty black, as well.
All from a pure SM base with Goo CRT white top coat. Get it while it's hot.