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Hi All,


Based on discussions on the forum, I wanted to paint my home theater walls the recommended Kodak 18% grey. I liked the part where someone said "when the lights go down, the walls just disappear".


I dug out my Kodak 18% grey card that I still had from some prior photography work, and I found I liked the color, so off I went to Lowes to get a color match.


The card was a little hard to read on the color analyser, since it has a mottled surface. But the main color match guru was on duty, and he came up with a perfect match.


If you haven't seen 18% grey before, drop by a photography supply store and ask to see a Kodak grey card, or buy one and take it home and hold it up to your walls. I recommend seeing it first hand before investing in the paint, of course you could buy a quart and try it out, too.


Here's the formula that you should be able to duplicate at Lowes, or anywhere they sell Olympic Paints.


Paint: Olympic Interior Latex Satin, Base 3, P/N 72103, 1 Gallon

Tint Formula: 102-2Y44 103-1Y32.5 109-2Y11
 

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Great tip, thanks. Do you know how the kodak grey looks compared to a Stewart Firehawk screen? I'm thinking about painting the wall the screen is on, the kodak grey sounds great. However, it might look a little weird if it's the same color as the screen - you'd have an identical grey wall and screen, with a 3 inch black rectangular window frame in the middle (the velux border). Hey, maybe that wouldn't look so weird after all.


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Corey J,


18% grey is much much darker than a Greyhawk screen. It's called 18% because it reflects 18% of the light, which would be like a screen with a gain of 0.18! I will be hanging a Dalite Hight Contrast DA Mat screen, with a gain of .80


I'm going to start out just painting the screen wall -- with perhaps the rest of the room depending on how the wife likes the color.


AVSRocks -- I chose a satin finish as a compromise, although flat would be better for the reflectivity part. But I've heard the flat finish shows marks and is harder to clean. Since my theater doubles as a game room for a 3 year old and a five year old, the Satin will be a better choice for me.
 
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