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I recently set up a home theater. I painted the wall a light gray that I found on this forum and installed a black velvet border. It was 104" 1.85:1. I use an Optoma HD65 and I was very happy with the result. The picture was much better than I expected but after reading many posts about using Wilson art designer white plastic laminate I had to give it a try.


I installed 1/2" cabinet grade plywood over the paint and then glued the DW laminate onto the plywood. I precut everything in my shop so the install only took me about an hour. I am very pleased with the results. I did not think the picture could get much better but to my surprise it is much improved.


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laminate screen
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The pictures do not do it justice. The laminate screen is brighter and much sharper. I was worried I would loose some of the blacks with such a bright white screen but I don't think I lost much at all.


PS: I have never posted pictures so I don't know if I have done it correctly.


Dave


 

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Originally Posted by crovello /forum/post/15536429


I recently set up a home theater. I painted the wall a light gray that I found on this forum and installed a black velvet border. It was 104" 1.85:1. I use an Optoma HD65 and I was very happy with the result. The picture was much better than I expected but after reading many posts about using Wilson art designer white plastic laminate I had to give it a try.


I installed 1/2" cabinet grade plywood over the paint and then glued the DW laminate onto the plywood. I precut everything in my shop so the install only took me about an hour. I am very pleased with the results. I did not think the picture could get much better but to my surprise it is much improved.


painted screen
Attachment 129497


laminate screen
Attachment 129498


laminate screen
Attachment 129499


The pictures do not do it justice. The laminate screen is brighter and much sharper. I was worried I would loose some of the blacks with such a bright white screen but I don't think I lost much at all.


PS: I have never posted pictures so I don't know if I have dont it correctly.


Dave


My Designer White screen is my 3rd screen. And I love it. My first screen was an Elite tensioned screen with a grey material. It malfuntioned so I returned it. In the meanwhile I built a fixed BOC screen which was okay. I then replaced the BOC with the Designer White material and it was so good I sold my Elite screen when the replacement arrived.
 

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Do you guys have light colored walls? I am thinking about a gray screen like an FG laminate, but I am worried the colors might appear duller than on the DW.
 

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Originally Posted by justlnluck /forum/post/15603243


Do you guys have light colored walls? I am thinking about a gray screen like an FG laminate, but I am worried the colors might appear duller than on the DW.

Not much chance of that. The OP started out with a Light Gray Painted Screen, and made note of how much brighter and better it looked. That's to be

expected of course, as the DW has significantly more gain than even a light Gray.


In your case, if your PJ has adequate lumen output, a light Gray paint or surface will 'enrich' many colors, and create the appearance of both more Contrast as well as provide improved resistance to the reflected ambient and projected light from off light colored wall.


Here's the real Q&A.


Do you have a PJ capable of a Dynamic Contrast over 30K:1 or a native Contrast at or over 15k:1 ? Is it "Lumen Challenged" ? Even with "light" walls, will you maintain "Light Control"?


If you answer yes to any of the above, you should use Designer White.


Is your PJ lacking in Dynamic Contrast 10k:1 & below, but still producing a minimum of 700-800 "adjusted and calibrated" Lumens?


If it is....go with the Fashion Gray, and mount your PJ as high as possible
 

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I have a FG screen up for two weeks now and can't see where I'll change anytime soon. The factory gain gave me the option to lower my brightness, and this is on a Z4 with 2300 hours. I had to play with the color a tad ,but it's all good now.
 
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