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These are pics of my screen in my "temporary" projector room (we are moving back to Oklahoma this summer, so it's temporary). The walls are Antique White, the ceiling is white and the floors are Terra Cotta tile - not the best scenario for a projector! The screen is 98" diagonal. The projector is an Epson Powerlite 707 (2700 lumens, 3000:1) at about 11ft =/- throw. The screen started life as a piece of 949 White Formica and it was decent with a lower lumen projector. When I installed the 707, it was just too bright, even in "Eco" mode with the brightness dialed back. I wanted a darker screen, and since this one is temporary, thought that Silver Screen would be a quick fix. 2 coats of Silver Screen with the primer in it directly over the Formica later, this is what I ended up with. (I sampled a couple of the "screen paints" available from online retailers but I didn't see that they worked any better for me, and they were much more expensive). My thoughts on the Silver Screen - for a cheap ($17/qt), quick screen, it's not too bad . My references are the BOC screens I've built and used, a couple of RS Maxx Mudd LL screens I made for my grandkids and their 1000 lumen dvd/projector all in ones. I like the SS better than the BOC but it doesn't come close to the RSMMLL. The pictures were taken noon at in sunny Phoenix. You can see the light in the room through the blinds. The screen images are not great, but they are certainly watchable. These are just my thoughts for those of you thinking about using SS.




 

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I think ya done gud fer $17.00.



There are times when such ultra simple and inexpensive solutions are very appropriate, and you certainly make a good case for such with your temporary but perfectly serviceable screen.


The SS combined with your Light Cannon shows how a well balanced & common sense approach can work very well indeed.


Now when all ya all get on back to Oklahoma, don't go lookin' online for Screen paint. We got'cher back iffin' ya come on back.
 

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Thanks MM. In October 2011, I finished rebuilding the interior of the house after the flood of 2010, so all I have to focus on is my screen (at least that's what I tell my wife!) It will be in a multi-purpose room, so I'll post pics of the room before I do anything. I'm not sure if I'll use this projector or get something a little higher end. We only use the projector for movies and special events, so it may be hard to convince the finance manager that I need something "better". BTW - you gave me some pointers on screens for an Optoma DV10 - all any of us could say after we saw the images was "DAMN!!!" Tween kids and they have a better screen than I do. Oh well, that's what grand parents do,
 

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...i mean... ...REALLY NOW?!... ...where is the love?



anyways... i've been looking into a lower cost RS-MM & LL... alternative components and this is the thx that i get.


phoey! i'm taking my sub $35 RS-MM mixes and going home.
 

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PB - My bad!
No disrespect - I just meant that MM pointed me in that direction, that's all. It doesn't change the fact that the RSMMLL screens got a major DAMN! when we fired off that little projector. I wish I had pics but my laptop was stolen before I got them posted. I'll have to get more pics next time I go to CA, I think my son in law is using the outdoor screen all the time. He is a huge (I mean he really enjoys) sports and even in 854 x 480 resolution, that 90" screen looks much better than the 42" flat screen in the family room. As for my temporary screen here, it's going to a friend of mine to replace his 52" DLP in his living room. He will be using an Optoma Pro 150S (800 x 600, 2800 lumens, 3000:1) as his daily driver. We auditioned it on this screen and it looks much better than his white board screen he had been using. I told him I wanted to try one of the Silver Fire formulas for him (I wanted the practice) but he wants this screen, so it will live on.
 

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Great screen for now. I had Behr SS prior to my DIY AT build. I did like the SS project for it's ease. Then I got the itch for a new project to solve a few problems I wanted to over come in my theater room. If I had to go back to a painted screen SS would be one I would consider again.
 

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If I had to go back to a painted screen SS would be one I would consider again.
My Goodness , most know I am no Hater of SS. But to consider SS over any number of Neutral Greys of close to / the same shade, and / or dismiss the addition of even a
few proven additives would be akin to asking for a slice of stale bread when a Cinnamon roll was available.

You'd be missin' out.

Wake up! It's 2015....not 2003
 

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My Goodness , most know I am no Hater of SS. But to consider SS over any number of Neutral Greys of close to / the same shade, and / or dismiss the addition of even a
few proven additives would be akin to asking for a slice of stale bread when a Cinnamon roll was available.

You'd be missin' out.

Wake up! It's 2015....not 2003
Lol, that answered my question.
I keep wondering if there was once a different paint called SilverScreen as if it was its own special thing that already contained some metallic and was a sort of project paint that happened to be particularly well suited for making a screen.
Then imagine my confusion to continually find out its just a normal tint like any other..a slightly blue-ish light grey.

Is the popularity largely from its catchy name which sounds like it was made just for this sort of thing, or was it at one time the closest thing to a light semi-neutral grey there was?

Not knocking it here, just really curious how it became so widely known and seemingly sought-after when its so very...normal.
 

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The combo of the given name, and the fact that it amounted to a simple "OTS" (off the shelf) "OCW" (one can wonder") solution that could be ridiculously cheap if one used a budget Base made it popular within the "I ain't spendin' nuthin' or sprayin' nuthin' on no screen!" crowd.

It got a bad rap from those who demanded perfection as far as neutrality, but once it was effectively measured, it turned out to be far more neutral than believed. Just not perfect.

But certainly close enough to be easily corrected through calibration.

As such the owners of SS screens are legion....probably more of them than all other DIY screens combined. As time progressed, many asked for tweaks to SS that would not break the bank. A little Silver here...or a little Pearl there. Or perhaps up to 20% added Poly. Anything that might make it "special".

But strangely enough, no one ever tried to correct the neutrality imbalance. Could'a been done. But Bcortez probably would have had a conniption fit. :p
 

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My Goodness , most know I am no Hater of SS. But to consider SS over any number of Neutral Greys of close to / the same shade, and / or dismiss the addition of even a
few proven additives would be akin to asking for a slice of stale bread when a Cinnamon roll was available.

You'd be missin' out.

Wake up! It's 2015....not 2003
Yeah, that makes me what 12 years older. Perhaps what I would take on years back I may not be so inclined to do now. Operative word is consider NOT be the only one I would choose though. :) I like what I have but I am in NO HURRY to change it out. I am doing other projects in the room.
 
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