Originally Posted by ray-finkle
Long story short, I'm strongly considering moving back to a PJ setup and away from a TV; I had started living in apartments and figured a TV is just easier between moves, but now I just miss the projector very much.
So I've been considering an Epson 5050ub and doing my research on screens which is what led me here.
Currently I'm thinking I'd like to spray SF/BF onto either a rolldown screen or an aluminum frame kit fixed screen (Elite or Silver Ticket), preferably the fixed screen option. My thoughts are that these type screens are easily broken down and movable if need be. Due to my current room restrictions I'm basically limited to a 100" 16:9 screen.
Painting a Retractable or a Fixed Frame both have advantages and caveats. Depending on "exactly" what is best for you, the final choice will still be a value that shows excellent performance. *
Starting out with Retractable...you'd want a Tab Tension screen,. Expensive? Not really at all if it's a Manual.
Gosh durn thing is only a picayune 92" diagonal. (...but that might work to your favor more than you think. Less cost...assured top end performance with a 5050 and a DARK Black Flame.)
92" is HUGE for any Apartment.
Electric Retracable w- RF/IR Control
OK....this one IS 100" and not much more. Such Sceens are really easy to move and at the same time the surface is protected.
A couple other reads:
Has anyone ever sprayed an aluminum kit screen and taken it down to be put back up like I'm proposing?
Yes....but if such secondary / tertiary moves are to be made, the original Packing Roller & Tube must be kept....or trash the idea. The SF/BF paint, when formulated for a cloth surface that "will be moved / rolled up" is very flexible and durable. I honestly haven't had ANY Members who have painted a Retractable Screen ever come back tc omplain of peeling or cracking..... Been a few who have had "Breakdown Screens" and tried to fold the material. Sorry....even the Mfg material will crease.
I really and earnestly advise you consider a Retractable of some type. The Tab Tension Screens maintain a perfectly flat surface (...or should...
) and in the doing provide a wonderfully stable canvass on which you can create a work of art.
Yeah but what about those Fixed Frames? The most affordable ones that still have a degree of dependable quality are the Silver Ticket Screens. It pretty much rules the inexpensive Fixed Screen genre...and is the easiest one to paint upon. Pretty simple...you just reverse the Material and paint the screen from the rear side. After a suitable spell you carefully disassemble the screen material and re-install it facing the correct direction. That step is of course the problematical one. In the size you want, in a 1.1 gain Matte White @100" diagonal.
They cost this much: https://www.amazon.com/STR-169100-Silver-Ticket-100-Diagonal/dp/B00HZRM9K0/
Then there is this one.....https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens...dp/B01B53HGI4/
You paint it the smae way....but this one has extra Hardware and is a bit more complex. You pay about 1/2 as much....but you have a bit more to deal with.
Any recommendations on an HVLP gun?
What other info is needed in guiding me towards a SF or BF mix?
- How bad is the ambient light during normal watching times.
- White Walls and Ceilings?
- Can the Projector be placed ideally for offsetting ambient light
- Can you take any steps toward combating ambient or reflected light?
All that stuff above is important because when a PJ such as the 5050 is in play onto a 100" surface, a darker version of Black Flame can really take on the ambient light resistance challenge.
The 5050 placed at 10'-7" would let a Black Flame 6.0 really strut! 59 Foot Lamberts of reflected brightness. Black Flame 4.0? 75 fl Black Flame 2.0? 83 fl
The combination of contrast and black level enhancement mated with sufficient brightness is the key to ambient light viewing nirvanna. Nightime, all dark room viewing? We're talkin' OLED-like imagery Baby. Or in the least....100"s of top end QLED
The 5050 makes a lot of things possible than otherwise would not be with a lessor PJ. But there is an even better alternative. JVC's new LX-NZ3B...a 4K- 3K lumen Laser DLP with Auto Tone Mapping. With a 100" 16:9 Screen you won't be toying around with CIH or CIW.....but a wonderful thing about a dark Black Flame screen...it's self masking....making Format bars either virtually gone or non-existent. The LX-NZ3B is a big leap up from a 5050 but from the right source, only about $3-400 more.
OK....food for thought. Bon Appetite.