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post #1 of 10 Old 03-08-15, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Epson 3500 in mostly light controlled room, how dark to go?

So my 40th birthday present is an Epson 3500. We have a family room upstairs and I need some help figuring which one of the two main mixes to use that are available (BW and CS) and how to tint them darker as the room is mostly pitch black when we are watching movies. I will be mounting the projector less than 11'3" away from the wall, with a screen size of 102" for 16:9 and 111" for 2.39. The calculator shows 31-33 fL at that range. We will be watching the occasional 3D movies as well. From what I've been seeing, after calibration you look to lose 1000 or so lumens, so that would leave me at about 18 fL at the screen.

If the above sounds correct, which mix should I use, and if I need to go darker, how do I do that without affecting the neutrality of the paint?

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Re: Epson 3500 in mostly light controlled room, how dark to go?

I would just stick with a neutral gray and try that out for starters. I'd go with Snowfield to start with and if it seems to bright then you could drop it down to Universal Gray or even Veil if need be.
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Re: Epson 3500 in mostly light controlled room, how dark to go?

Awesome! Was trying to set it up last night on the ceiling, the old mount was too short, had to order longer arms. So for now it is on an entertainment stand in front of us. The 60% vertical adjustable is great, and watching movies on this is like seeing them for the fist time compared to the old projector. It is waaay too bright on the wall that we have now, only because it is primer white at the moment. Will get to painting when I get back from Georgia.
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Let us know how it goes!
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Re: Epson 3500 in mostly light controlled room, how dark to go?

I have the same projector, and from Canada, and will try this out today. I've already tried the Sherwin-Williams but there is too much shine in some spots and with many attempts i get roller marks as well. I will update later today, and hopefully this will help out the original author.
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This is the paint I used first. Many said it works great. Just not for me...
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Never, ever, use a satin finish for a screen. Despite what may be published elsewhere, it is just not a good idea. Matte or flat, those are your options.
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Re: Epson 3500 in mostly light controlled room, how dark to go?

So....i realized I was taking info from two separate threads....but since this one pertains to the epson 3500, I'll continue here. Did a primer over the Sherwin-Williams, and did a test. Looked "good." Going over right now with a snowfield....wholly grey! Hope she works out, but I'm sure I'll be pleased with the black level performance. Sorry to hi-jack the thread!
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After one coat of the Glidden Vantage, snowfield, it was a HUGE improvement. Gonna slap on one more coat and should be good-to-go. For comparison purposes, my projector is ABOUT 13 feet away, and maxed out the screen size at 136" diagonal.
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Applied second coat. Very happy with the results!
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