Screen - Wall Painting


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Hi, I know this question has probably been asked a thousand times, but is there a good quality paint that I could paint a wall with to create a screen.

Currently I project onto a draper screen perched in my bay window [projector on a table] I want to make this a more permenant affair, however to do this I will now have to project across the room, rather than along it, i.e. project onto a "screen" on the chimney breast.

The projector would be wall mounted [possibly ceiling mounted] opposite the breast. Although, in ideal world I would like a "hidden" remote controlled screen dropping from the ceiling, my joists go the wrong way so its not possible. I would rather not have the screen on show and so I had the idea of painting the chimney breast to create the screen. Athough this would limit the available width, cosmetically it would be a nice solution.

I only use my projector for "movies" and "events" and so usually projected in low lighting.

Appreciate any comments




You will need to make sure that your wall is very smooth, and you could try dulux icestorm 6 or 5/6 mix. This will be quite cheap and give you a feel for what it would look like. If your wall is up to it then i would then try the goo if not entirely happy with ice storm.


Found on the USA projectorcentral , a bible for pj.

Projection screens cost money. So every day we get emails asking, "Can't I just use a plain white wall and save the screen expense?" The answer is simple: Absolutely you can! And you can save money by putting regular gas in your Porsche also. It will run, you just won't get the best performance out of it.

Projection screens have optical coatings that enhance their reflective properties. White walls don't. You can certainly use a wall if you want to, and you will get a watchable image. However, compared to the image you'd get with a screen, highlights will not be as brilliant, contrast and color saturation will be reduced, and (depending largely on the texture of the wall) sharpness will be reduced as well. You will end up with an image that is not as good as your projector is capable of delivering.

Furthermore, one very important but often ignored benefit of a screen is not actually the screen, but the frame. A solid black frame around a video image substantially boosts the visual quality of the image itself. So unless you paint a black rectangle on your wall, by foregoing the screen you will lose this vital component in the overall visual experience.

Think about this for a moment...you will probably upgrade projectors every few years, as you will DVD players, audio components, etc. But high quality projection screens will last a lifetime. So we'd suggest you think of it in terms of a lifetime investment. That means study your options, plan for it in your budget, then make the investment once and be done with it. If you are serious about good image quality, you will always be glad you did. (EP)
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