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  1. KarlRobinson

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    After finally clearing my home cinema room can anyone tell me the best colour to paint it?

    Matt Black is what I'm thinking, it will used with a CRT long term.
     
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    Matt black has to be the best colour for minimizing reflections, but it's not exactly pretty.

    Wouldnt dark green, blue or red be a better idea with perhaps a blacked off section around the screen if necessary?

    PK
     
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    IMHO there is not nearly enough black used in Home cinema.

    When the LED's on the front of your DVD player are illuminating the screen its NEARLY dark enough:)
     
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    If you are willing to go with black then i would stick to black if black level is imortant to you. I personaly whent for a matt back ceiling and wood work ( columns ect) then the rest in a dark green .

    The more light absorbant your room the better the pic will look .The only real problem i have run into is that i don't seem to be able to take a resonable pic of the cinema , it's just too dark :( :D :D
     
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    BLACKER IS BETTER...

    An important thing to think about is that when the room is made so dark you need to have lots of lights when you want to see anything. If there are plenty of windows then you may be OK. I've found though that really, really dark rooms require more lighting than you would usually put in a room....

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    This is dark trust me i went for matt back ceiling black carpet and dark blue bed throws for the walls. Oh and even covered the LED's with black insulation tape.

    Even sprayed my door handle and the lights black. No not the bulbs.

    Never too much black i say. Even the Air con got sprayed.

    Rgds

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    Just thought gonna make some acoustic socks for the KEF 3.2 to stop some of the reflection back onto the screen.

    It just never stops.................

    Nathan

    P.S. This is a converted single garage
     
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    I would agree that black is best....... but;

    Don't just paint the wall matt black around the screen - even matt paint is reflective! if possible use fabric, and ideally a flock type covering like velvet - this will really cut down the reflections to the viewer.

    You also need to have black for areas likely to reflect the screen into the viewing area, so having black walls, flooring and ceiling at least half way from the screen to the seating is good.

    Behind this point (i.e. in the seating area) then as long as the colours are muted and dark then there is no problem.

    You might also want to consider not having parallel walls (this is independent of any acoustic issues!) have a look in most cinemas and the walls have panels that are tilted into the room at the edge nearest the screen - this also reduces the possible reflections into the audience.

    Hope this helps!

    p.s. The company theatre uses blackout curtains (heavy cotton fabric) on the entire wall with the screen on it, black carpets and ceiling but very dark blue fabric covered walls.
     
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    No, it's a home cinema that somebody incorrectly put a car in. If only every one realise what that building is really for.:)
     
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    Anyone know of acompany that specialises in fabricing (is that a word?) walls.

    I am keen to get mine done in the near future but am having trouble finding someone who might do it.
     
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    I just stapled the bed throws onto raw plasterboad.

    As for the screen wall, I ran the carpet up this wall then cut out where the screen would be.

    May even do this halfway down the walls as well, as very good at not refecting light. As mentioned, matt black does reflect some light.

    The difference from a light reflecting room is amazing.

    Rgds

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    Hi, in my room I used blackout material as used by a tv/film lighting company which costs a small fortune. I used to work for one and have mates that still do ?
    I would highly recommend it, its good for 2 reasons lack of light reflection & sound deadening you hardly get any echo in an empty room, the bonus for me was I didnt have to decorate either.
    I was told a 20' x 20' would cost about £400, I used 2 - 20' x 20' & 2 - 20' x 10' ! covered walls & ceiling.
    I have also painted skirting and sockets/switches in matt black not quite finished though.
    Can I get more blackout material - maybe.
    The carpet looks a lot brighter in the pic than it actually does.

    Dave
     

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    You go to all that trouble and expense then go and leave your skirting a luvverly natural pine colour :rolleyes: :D
     
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    no, if you read it properly you would know its not finished - but it is now.

    Dave
     
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    Hi, here are some more pics of the effect with blackout material, its well worth having if you can find it at a decent price, its qiute a thick
    material and heavy.
    I was tempted to paint the pj but I think its a bit over the top.
    Only a few more bits to sort out now ventilation mainly, im going to use two snail/squirel fans 1 blowing cool air in & 1 sucking hot air out with speed & temp control shouldnt need air con hopefully.

    Dave :)
     

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    Dave :)
     

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    Dave,
    Its worth painting the PJ and its not that difficult. If I remember correctly its four pieces in total and comes away from the chassis with ease. I used 10-12 thin coats of Hammerite (smooth finish) black spray paint. I think I got through quite a few cans.
    A big white lump (even in a darkened room) stands out like a sore thumb. Sam Runco charges 10k dollars for this :rolleyes:
     

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    Eric:

    Just as a Cine8 isn't an 808 neither is a Runco992ultra. I agree that the extra expense for the Runco badge may not be worthwhile but they do more than add a black case.....

    Gordon

    P.S. Understand your point....just don't want folk getting confused
     
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    Gordon,
    My Sam Runco comment was more tongue in cheek than serious :rolleyes:
    But you're right of course, Runco does do a little more than just paint them.

    Regards
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    Thanks for the pic Uncle Eric looks very nice indeed I think I will go ahead with painting the case when I get a chance.

    Cheers,

    Dave

    (Size does matter ?);)
     
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    I've played with all three. And can report that the black paint is very good. It's mostly down to the setup.

    Erics Black 808 would chalenge most of the Runco and Cine 8 projectors installed by so called proffesionals
     
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    Thanks Roland, :blush: you're too kind.
    Regards
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    HI EVERYBODY.
    I use my lounge so here is what I done I have bought black pull down blinds on my side walls and one each side of my screen I have black beams in my room in which my screen is built into so when the film is over screen goes up blinds go up room is back to cream keeps the missus happy not bad will do until I build my room someday.:D :D :D MUD
     
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