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I just purchased a mica 4 x 8 sheet at home depot that has a smooth white side to it and I am interested in painting it gray for more contrast.


I want to experiment with normal house paints first before trying anything like the digital goo I have been reading about. My question is what type of paint? flat, satin, gloss, matt what would be best for a AE100 pj.


Both the screen and the pj will be ceiling mounted.


I am worried that flat would be too dull and gloss would be to shinny( hot spots)


Any help would be greatly appreciated!


PS: the screen will be in a basement with full light control. the Panny pj AE100 is a LCD 800 lumes 500:1 contrast
 

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I've been experimenting lately with screenpainting. I've had good results with flat and eggshell interior latex paints. I haven't tried any other types of paints besides interior latex, but I have tried satin and semigloss latex. Both of these were way to glossy for a screen. I've been experimenting with the following Glidden colors:Grey Penant(the darkest), Dover Grey, and Veil Grey(the lightest). I think the Penant is a bit too dark, though the black levels are tremendous. A brighter PJ might fare better. The Dover and Veil are close enough to not really affect the lights much differently, but the Dover does give slightly better blacks. I've seen references on the forum to Universal and Snowfield(on the same color card), but they are too light for me...I guess my PJ isn't as good. I hope this helps!
 

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I have a Marantz (700 lumens) and I used Behr's ultrawhite eggshell (1 qt.) and I had the (home depot) add 2 drops of black. I painted a hardboard (bought and ripped to size at home depot) 96" diag. screen. I painted (rolled 1/4" nap) first coat of the paint. I then mixed in about 1:3 ratio of Behr's pearlescent into the base and rolled two light coats (one really is enough if your base is good). I have a 1.3 gain screen with no hot spotting and looks as good as any screen I have seen. BTW, you can add more or less black to get what gain level you want. Same goes for the pearlescent - it seems to soften the image ever so slightly. BTW, too much pearlescent will cause hot spotting :)


Use a new roller between applications and lay board flat to paint (most of the other comments on this board regarding painting work fine).
 

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MichealZ,


With the two drops of black, did this make the final result grey, and if so how grey? (A hard question to answer, I know!)


Rick
 

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I believe two drops of black in Behr's ultrawhite result in a very light gray. I had them add 4 drops and it is still pale. I've nevers seen a Firehawk or a Grayhawk, so I cannot compare.


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Rick, it took the edge off the ultrawhite, which is very,very white! It looks kind of like the bright white if it was dusty or aged - best I can describe it. Adding the pearlescent add some gain - all in all I am happy with it. I posted some screen shots I took. BTW, the camera does not do it justice.

http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/sd...mmer/mypix.htm


I had a sheet a dalite 1.3 cinema vision and placed it over half of my DIY and the two were very, very close with my DIY having a slight edge in contrast - gain was equal.
 
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