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post #11 of 12 Old 04-26-10, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Easy DIY screen - help appreciated

Unfortunately I have an electrical outlet and cable outlet for a flat panel right in the middle of the wall where I will be projecting onto. I'll only be able to handle projecting onto the wall for a short period of time because those will drive me nuts.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-26-10, 09:42 PM
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Re: Easy DIY screen - help appreciated

Hi Ted,

While it's a bit late, Welcome to the forum!

You are in a good situation in that you can make an very inexpensive screen out of something such as 4x8 1/4" tempered hardboard cut to size where it is purchased (most stores will do this for free). You can simply prime (I would prime both sides if a frame isn't used to prevent warping) and paint it with your mix of choice and then use a French cleat system (bought or handmade) to hang it where desired. Be sure to allow for room for either a real frame or simply applying something like black flock tape around the edge of the screen to make a black border since most feel such improves both the screen appearance when not in use and screen performance during use.

Because of the brightness of your PJ, at your screen size I don't think you need to go with a metallic mix (which are our specialties), but rather a regular neutral gray paint will do just fine. Where the metallic mixes comes into their own is in situations where one wants or needs to combat ambient light and doesn't have the lumens to use a regular gray paint, or they want a really dark mix. A metallic mix will perform like a lighter gray than it is when under projection. Black Widow™ (which is a N7.5 gray) will actually perform like an regular N8 (or slightly lighter) gray paint, but it absorbs ambient light like a N7.5. The Scorpion™ mix is an N8 and the new Elektra™ mix is currently available in N8 and N8.5 shades (with darker shades on the way when I have time to test them).

Depending on how hard it is for you to paint your screen, you could start with a regular N8 paint and see how it works for you and then go darker if the need arises. If you need to "get it right" the first time I would hedge my bet by using Black Widow™.

I have tint formulae for neutral gray paints from N7.5 to N9 in N.5 increments for Behr paints and will be finding them for Valspar paints as well. All you would do is give the formula to the paint-person at Home Depot (Behr) or Lowe's (Valspar) and they can make to paint with that.
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