Originally I was going to paint the mirror tiles with 3 coats (minimum recommended for RS-MaxxMudd) and then 1 or 2 more coats on two tiles then 1 or 2 more coats on the last tile. So there would be a progressively thicker paint layer on the three tiles. Now that I have seen just one coat I can't imagine putting that much paint on now.
So now I'm thinking 1, 2, 3 coats on the bottom, middle, and top tiles. Does that make sense to you folks? Bud, Highside, pb, ... ?
Tonight I will try to rig up something to hold the window in a location that will allow me to photograph the front and back sides. I put a coat of RSMM on the window last night. I will photograph both side before each successive coat.
As you may have noticed from the screen shots I have figured out how to scale the image so that it fits nicely across three sample panels. I think I should pick a couple of the more straight forward mix panels to use with the RS-MaxxMudd/White panel to watch some movies this weekend.
My long term goal is to formulate a mix that is self-priming, fairly easy to apply, and gives reasonably good ambient light performance. What started all this for me was the notion of painting my roll-up EluneVision white screen. It is just fine at night with all the lights out and the HD72 in cinema mode, but for playing adventure games or watching movies with some ambient light it washes out and then I feel like I wasted a lot of money on this stuff when there is perfectly good 53" Hitachi RPTV sitting there. Although the TV is ok with the PC it does not provide enough resolution or clarity for adventure gaming (a lot of fairly fine text).
My inclination at the moment is to start with the RS-MaxxMudd formula, replace the UPW with a larger amount of CIL Any Where white primer. The primer is not as loaded with white pigment as the UPW and I don't think it is quite as flat either. I could probably double the quantity of white primer and still get about the same shade of gray. My experiences so far have taught me that anymore than a bit of sheen will cause problems. My fear of too much sheen makes me lean toward using the Behr "FLAT" clear polyurethane instead of the Minwax Satin Poly.
By watching a couple of movies with the RS-MaxxMudd/White panel in between a couple of my demonstration panels I hope to get a feel for the performance I might get with a modified RSMM mix. The two panels I think I will try are the (2:2:1:1) Wispy Gray (primer) + Polycrylic + Delta Pearl + Delta Silver Metallic and the (1:1:1:1) White primer + Polycrylic + Delta Pearl + Delta Silver Metallic.
So I should be done with some of the general experimenting soon and then I will turn my attention to painting the roll-up screen. It will be getting cooler now and we can keep the windows open when I paint the screen. It will need to stay rolled down for at least a week after the final coat. That means I will have to set it up in the rec-rroom. I also need to get at both sides so I can put matching coats of paint on the back. This will hopefully prevent excessive curling and/or waves.
Once the screen is painted there are some experiments to be performed to develop an add on device to remove waves from roll-up screens. Then I need to mount the screen inside the living room ceiling. That's going to be interesting because almost all the wiring for the house goes across that area. Then there's the routing of the cable under the living room floor and relocating some of my equipment so the remotes work when the screen is down. Oh ya I almost forgot I need to get a better blind for the window and the back door window. It just never ends! Who's idea was it to start all this anyway!