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I am finishing up my basement and need to be budget wise on my screen options.


I am considering an AX200u and should have minimal concern about ambient light. My question is how much better would be a cheap fixed screen vs. a painted wall with a border? I would buy some molding, paint it and frame out a screen. Right now the wall is new, smooth drywall so I can prime and paint it from scratch.


Any suggestions on a cheap screen or type of paint? I am looking at a 100" to 106" screen.


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Given the lack of ambient light issues, brightness of your projector, and the virgin drywall substrate, I would suggest you should be able to paint a screen that could easily rival a cheap fixed frame screen. I would recommend you go with a lighter gray like Winter Mist or Snowfield and add some Minwax Satin Polycrylic to enhance the leveling and give the whites a little boost.


If indeed you have downplayed the ambient light conditions you could then go to a darker neutral gray or opt for the Black Widow mix.
 

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Of course if you posted this question in the Screens forum you would probably get the opposite answer!
 

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Originally Posted by tiddler /forum/post/15496441


Of course if you posted this question in the Screens forum you would probably get the opposite answer!

For sure!
 

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What are you all recommending as a substrate for the Winter Mist / Polycrylic? A piece of OSB? Some sheets of raw drywall? I would assume the texture of the substrate makes a big difference.


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Originally Posted by rolypolyman /forum/post/15586725


What are you all recommending as a substrate for the Winter Mist / Polycrylic? A piece of OSB? Some sheets of raw drywall? I would assume the texture of the substrate makes a big difference.


Tim

Any smooth surface that can be painted will make a good screen substrate. A new wall, or one that has been wet sanded to make it smooth are often used with great success.
 

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or if you are going after a fix screen, you can always try out the many material available from both Home Depot and Lowes. A few that comes in mind is the Doable board, Parkland, and the Designer White screen. I have seen both the Doable and Designer White and can easily say they will beat most matte white screens.
 
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