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post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-13, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Another DIY paint help

I am in the process of building my HT in my basement. I have all the drywall done and got one coat of zinsser white primer on. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out which colors or brands of paint to use for my screen. Every time I find a formula of paint on this website then I end up finding another. Well, instead of going nuts spending hours on this site I'm just gonna ask what to use.

My room is 20ft long, 13ft wide, ceiling is roughly 7.5ft tall. Projector will be ceiling mounted at around 18ft. Projector is a brand new Viewsonic Pro8200, 2000 lumens, 4000:1 contrast ratio. Room has one 30x8 window that can be completly blacked out. We have decide on med to dark grey for the walls, but havn't decided on the color for the ceiling. Also havn't decided on carpet but it will probably be a darker color. Seats are black theater seats. Room is gonna be used for movies, tv, and sports.

I have two stores in my town and they both sell valspar but only in medallion and integrity. I have a store 20 miles away that sells benjamin moore and I have a home depot and menards 60 miles away.


Should I put another coat of primer on the screen wall?

What sheen of paint should I use for the screen and the walls?

I'm thinking of just driving the 60 miles and getting the behr silverscreen but I can't decide. Any help would be appreciated.
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There's sticky thread that says "don't use behr paints!".
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I am in the process of building my HT in my basement. I have all the drywall done and got one coat of zinsser white primer on. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out which colors or brands of paint to use for my screen. Every time I find a formula of paint on this website then I end up finding another. Well, instead of going nuts spending hours on this site I'm just gonna ask what to use.

My room is 20ft long, 13ft wide, ceiling is roughly 7.5ft tall. Projector will be ceiling mounted at around 18ft. Projector is a brand new Viewsonic Pro8200, 2000 lumens, 4000:1 contrast ratio. Room has one 30x8 window that can be completly blacked out. We have decide on med to dark grey for the walls, but havn't decided on the color for the ceiling. Also havn't decided on carpet but it will probably be a darker color. Seats are black theater seats. Room is gonna be used for movies, tv, and sports.

I have two stores in my town and they both sell valspar but only in medallion and integrity. I have a store 20 miles away that sells benjamin moore and I have a home depot and menards 60 miles away.


Should I put another coat of primer on the screen wall?

What sheen of paint should I use for the screen and the walls?

I'm thinking of just driving the 60 miles and getting the behr silverscreen but I can't decide. Any help would be appreciated.
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What size screen are you wanting to make? This will impact what color to paint the screen.

If you only have one coat of primer on the screen area then I would suggest painting on another. The primer will prevent the drywall from absorbing the finish paint.

The less ambient light you have and the darker your room surfaces the lighter screen you can use.

The paint for the walls should be flat or matte finish. The screen paint would be flat finish if using Valspar Medallion, but if you use the Integrity you might be able to use the eggshell finish if you need more gain and can accept a smaller viewing cone.

We have yet to test the Valspar Medallion and Integrity paints available from independent paint stores, I'll try to get some samples this weekend or next week.

We still can't in good conscience recommend Behr paints. Too many people have had problems with them.
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Well I might just bite the bullet and get some test samples. I don't need anything fancy I just want a decent color so that I don't have to mess with it for a while.

The room will have the option of being completly dark once I get blinds/window treatments. (My wife will figure that out since its above my pay scale)

As far as screen size, I have it at roughly 10ft wide if I remember right (I mounted the projector when I was down to studs and only had drywall up on the screen wall so I knew how far back to mount the projector. After I figured that out I took it down and has been in storage until I get done with the dirty work) The zoom is about right in the middle of the range so I have some room to adjust. After doing some reading, it looks like I need to make my screen smaller

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Well I just got done doing some measuring, with the projector on the floor at the distance I'm gonna hang it, the screen was at 92" with the lens all the way in. With it all the way out the screen was almost as wide as the room. I think I'm gonna shoot for around 96-100 inches wide so that would make the screen 110-115 inches diag. I tried moving the projector 16" forward and back and the picture quality never really changed with the cheapo dvd player that I am using for now at 480p
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Not that I am an expert by any means, but I would think that if you want to be able to tell a difference in picture quality you should use a 1080p source since it is a 1080p projector. Not that I expect you to see much of a difference, it might help you make the decision.
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