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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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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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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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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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So, went with Valspar eggshell in Universal Gray. Totally amazing, and might still be a tad bit too bright!

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May do another coat, didnt want to be perfectionist if I just had to roll over again with something darker. The cardboard boxes underneath the speakers are to keep the cone feet from denting the floor. Have to put a top on the Ikea cabinets eventually, something in flat black to keep the reflections down.

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Awesome! What colour mode do you use? Usually Auto for or Cinema for me, but I'm still tinkering with the new projector. Dynamic is wicked bright for animated movies like The Incredibles and A Bugs Life.
 
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