I kind of screwed up my formula a little bit--it can be salvaged, but I forgot to pick up, what I think is, a key ingredient--the Delta metallic silver, which is a large portion of the mix. I doubled the amount of Sterling silver, but have a hunch that the Delta metallic silver imparts a much darker grey to the formula. I rolled a couple of samples anyway to see what would happen to the image. What I found was a slight to moderate increase in ambient viewing, but a much improved picture with lights out. The substrate I used is a very thick white vinyl material (I would describe it as semi-glossy) that I picked up from Joanne's. I plan to use this for a DIY roll-down. The sample that I painted (about 1.5'x1.5') rolled up nice and tight without any problems with the paint, so would most likely work with a DIY application.
One aspect I was really impressed with--although the screen appears as a grey color, the whites really stand out in this formulation (although there appears to be a slight shift to blue in the pictures, especially in Nemo's stripes).
(Incidentally, I also rolled a 12"x12" mirror with the stuff, and was not impressed--I'm sure others will most likely point out that I probably did it wrong, and did not achieve the light fusion effect, but the image was a bit softer than the other vinyl sample I did, and also did not seem to improve the ambient light properties as much compared to the vinyl sample).
SO--I plan to pick up some Delta metallic silver tonight and finish the formula, and see what I get. It may be that I want to darken the formula even more. Any suggestions on what would allow me to do that?
Despite the incompleteness of the formula, I did take some pictures:
This shows the screen, with the vinyl sample center-right, and the mirror sample propped up on the cabinet--taken zoomed out to show the canned lighting.
This shows a closer-up view
Even closer (You can really see where the formulation was painted onto the substrate in this one--there is about an inch around the vinyl that is not painted:
This one is another close up, with the overhead light off, and only some light coming in from the side:
(One thing I thought as I looked through the pictures--the mirror itself had to be propped up, so it in ever-so-slightly angled toward the canned lighting (thereby reflecting more light back from the canned lighting--not to mention it is directly below the canned lighting, as opposed to the vinyl), so that may explain the ambient lighting differences between the mirror and the vinyl. But I still think the mirror picture looks softer than the vinyl picture)