Note- this is a review of the process, not the result. I cannot review the result as will be explained if you make it to the end of this.
Arrival- fifth business day after E-mail order- fantastic for international shipment.
Packing- excellent, can in pristine condition.
I expected some info with the product, but no document at all. Not sure if this was an oversight.
Opening the can- milky white, looks, handles and smells like acrylic latex paint.
Product fluid level was about Â¾ inch from top- was temporarily irritated about being â€œshortedâ€, but as it turns out, you need the gap for stirring.
Stirring: I happened to notice in some post that its best to stir with a drill. This is not a handy tip- this is essential. The can had about an inch of dense silt on the bottom. I had a paint stiring â€œbitâ€ with 2 sets of blades- three ot the end and 3 about 1 Â½ inch up the shaft. I could feel the lower set of blades working hard in the silt. Being inpatient, I stirred for about 1 minute. This was not enough. Most of the stirring was done with the blade pinned on the bottom of the can. When I poured, there was a thick ridge of silt that was in the space between the blade sets. So, move up and down and all around, and do it for 3 minutes. Do not, as I did, allow the blades to grind on the bottem and or of the can- this strips some blue coating or oxidation from the inside surface of the can which I could see as swirls of bluish grey mixing into the white- source a mystery until I poured and saw the bluish lining of the can scraped off by the Teflon blades of the stirring rod. Wish I had taken the can to Lowes and talked them into running it through their shaker. Needless to say, straining this material is a must.
The plan: I felt I needed a gray screen because ambient light is a huge problem in my room. Adding the opticoat (which cost as much as all of the other screen materials combined) was to try to get some brightness back and hopefully hang on to deep black. Truth be told, the real reason Iâ€™m doing this is to keep myself busy waiting for the 4805 which will be my first PJ.
The recipe: I need a removable screen since there is no bare wall to work with. I made a frame with 1 inch square aluminum tubing, 45 by 80 inches (16/9). I tried rolling Ron-Pâ€™s Valspar plank gray on the rough side of blackout cloth, but it didnâ€™t look even enough, so I took a new piece of blackout and sprayed 2 cans of rustolium bright silver as an undercoat then tried to barely cover than with a thin spray of misty evening. Since I donâ€™t know what I am doing with a spray gun, this looked worse. I decided to put opticoat on both of these plus the other side on one for a total of three screens to test and choose from.
Spraying the opticoat: This was my second ever attempt at spraying. The first attempt was the misty evening latex the day before, which ended up quite pebbled because I had the valve way too rich. I donâ€™t have the right kind of gun (HVLP), only a cheap HP gun that came bundled with a compressor and some other air tools. D-Hod seemed very apprehensive about trying to use this type of sprayer, and gave me a somewhat reluctant yellow light to proceed. He advised using low pressure, so I worked at 25 PSI with the valve so lean that a tiny, very fine dry mist came out. I made about 15 passes on all 3 screens before the gun started spitting bigtime with about 20% of the quart left. Fortunately, only the bare BO got trashed. Upon disassembly, most of the air channels were clogged with silicate.
While spraying, the air was thick with glistening silicate particles. Use good eye and respiratory protection. My eyes were burning, and my teeth had a gritty feel for the rest of the day.
The result: All 3 screen surfaces uniformly covered with thousands of tiny glistening prisms (except one bad swath on the raw BO cloth). Surface the consistency of 150 grit sand paper. No change in surface color- perfectly transparent as claimed.
How dose it perform ? Well, like I said, Iâ€™m waiting for the 4805. But I did manage to borrow an Epson S1 to check it out. Looks great to me, but I have no PJ experience and thus no basis to compare. Iâ€™ve only looked at the ME on silver version. The one thing I can say is to confirm that viewing angle is excellent- even 60-70 degrees is about as bright as straight on.
Is it worth $75 shipped ? Considering D-HODâ€™s willingness to provide email support (which I needed), probably. Maybe Iâ€™ve got a cheap firehawk clone.