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Thanks so much for your input guys, it is much appreciated!
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I went from Black Widow to an Elite Cinegray screen. I think the Black Widow was better overall. But there was a lot more time and effort into it (the Black Widow) and that trade off makes it not worth it.
So is the general consensus that Black Widow is the best if you are going with a painted on screen?
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Re: Painted Wall versus Actual Screen

btw, I sat a little closer last night and at an angle and the texture of the wall was very apparent.
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If you are willing to give the surface a quick sanding to round off any particularly sharp peaks/bumps and then skim the area with light-weight pre-mixed drywall compound (available around $15 for a 5gallon bucket that can cover a ridiculous amound of area), the smoothing process can be surprisingly easy and fast..but dusty.
Then you have a smooth surface ready for either a flat-neutral white/grey paint or a specialty mix if you'll need to fight some light or light-colored surface reflections.

Some things involve a risk of messing up and being disappointed, but I'd say smoothing a textured wall and painting some flat neutral paint over it does not qualify as one of those things. It is almost impossible to not get a solid improvement from compound and an appropriate flat paint. ..for a combined ~$30.

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btw, I sat a little closer last night and at an angle and the texture of the wall was very apparent.
Get a screen

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I will be buying the BenQ 2050 soon and I am trying to decide between a painted wall and a fixed screen. Going to do 100" for now.

I was looking at the wall it will be projecting on last night and I can see imperfections, specifically the line where the two pieces of drywall meet. Would the above mentioned drywall compound help with this?

Part of me wants to just spend the $200 and save myself the time and labor but I would also love to save $$$ and paint one for less than $50.

My brother has a 140" painted screen and it looks fantastic.
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I will be buying the BenQ 2050 soon and I am trying to decide between a painted wall and a fixed screen. Going to do 100" for now.

I was looking at the wall it will be projecting on last night and I can see imperfections, specifically the line where the two pieces of drywall meet. Would the above mentioned drywall compound help with this?

Part of me wants to just spend the $200 and save myself the time and labor but I would also love to save $$$ and paint one for less than $50.

My brother has a 140" painted screen and it looks fantastic.
A 100" screen with that bright 2050 could easily benefit from a simple OTS grey. You're likely able to see those imperfections on the wall right now because the paint is somewhat glossy..the flat paint will hide imperfections MUCH better and any sanding/filling you can do before painting will also help get rid of those little bumps and holes.

The original CineGrey can be bought as just the material itself called the Designer Cut Series which you would then attach (staple even) to a frame of your own choosing or building. Buying the material this way is about $70 from what I've seen.
A somewhat similar option would be Carls Flexi-Grey material which would be a similar or lower price at the size you're aiming for.

If you decide to paint instead, that will be the least expensive option of all and the neutral grey color "Veil" or "OONN 53/000" will start that projector's dimmest preset around 16ftL. You'll want a flat or matte finish, and ask for an enamel flat/matte if you need it to be as durable as possible...otherwise a plain interior flat latex works great for around $10-$15/gallon and you can just keep the leftovers (which will be plenty) in case you need to paint over damage or stubborn dirt/staining.
I've just been using cheap ColorPlace brand paint, but "Veil" is a common color especially among the brands; CIL, Delux, Glidden.

The really unique thing you'll get from painting like this is how much light absorbtion you'll have happening from every angle. You'd have a hard or impossible time finding a 0.55gain matte-grey screen from any manufacturer, but with paint it's just, "I'd like a gallon of [insert brand] interior flat tinted 'Veil', please"...and that's it.

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I built my theatre room around my screen. I bought a 10' by 54" piece of drywall and glued it and screwed the perimeter as to leave no texture or imperfections. I then bought a super pigmented white screen paint I ordered through a Paint supplier in town in which you mix paint with water in a part to part ratio. After screen was done I then proceeded to install columns etc etc. I've been more than satisfied with my setup but have no direct comparison to screen to offer input on quality difference.
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Re: Painted Wall versus Actual Screen

Im going 135" cinemascope 2.37:1. But for now in the rental Im shooting onto the off white wall. In this video you can see I have light coming into the room via windows and doorways etc. Still not bad

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