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can a painted wall really be as effective as a £1500 projector screen

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There are a number of (relatively) expensive paints available that claim to provide the perfect surface for a projector.  An initial cost outlay that is significantly cheaper, however, than purchasing a quality projector screen. What experience or views do people have around this alternative?

 

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RE: can a painted wall really be as effective

Can't comment on the difference between the two. 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.

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Hi jcshutts

Just my pennith a long time ago, well afew years ago I played with this idea, the lounge was being decorated anyway so allowed me to try this out, I bought some quality emulsion I used matt, then went over with it with silk, funnily enough matt gave the best result, dont ask why I have no idea..maybe reflection,like BB said I did mask the edges with black tape, I allowed 2in around the edge this allows you to set/fix the image. The projector I had then was a runco just 720 componant then, great projector, the results were very good indeed, however the down side is I could not keep a wall white all the time exposed, so this would mean a space that had to be kept clear, well almost but remember if you wanted to use it I had to clear everything, but I was only trying this out. So you would need to keep that in mind, however although the results were very good,like yourself a decent screen, motorised, tab tensioned or what ever was out of my reach, although there were some reasonable bargains second hand, in the end I bougt a brand new manual roll down screen, I paid £160 delivered as I recall and the results were brilliant, they were better than a painted wall easily. So the things to think about are, how much will a good quality paint be, do you have the space to keep pretty clear when you want to use it. Screens have come along way now so getting a good screen will not be out of reach, plus when you have finished you can just roll it up out of the way, so any pictures and the like on the wall will be seen again, the fitting of manual screens are easy peezy either ceiling or wall,usally with 2-screws thats it, and remember with a screen be it manual motorised you are not limited to where it can go, within reason but a painted wall would need to be pretty much free of anything and be the size you would really like.

I have gone on abit here but this is not just a case of brush paint, :look honey I have decorated the lounge: what do you think??? have a look around the web flee-bay other forums and I am pretty sure you will be Ok. cool 

Also the gain of a screen is important, so what ever projector you have or will be getting make this is not overlooked, the gain is the shade of the screen and determins the brightness of the image, plus some other things but its been a long time so do a little research. Shock

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pioneer7 wrote:
Just my pennith a long time ago, well afew years ago I played with this idea, the lounge was being decorated anyway so allowed me to try this out, I bought some quality emulsion I used matt, then went over with it with silk, funnily enough matt gave the best result, ... in the end I bougt a brand new manual roll down screen, I paid £160 delivered as I recall and the results were brilliant, they were better than a painted wall easily.

So you never actually tried proper projector screen paint like the OP is asking about then? Not very useful then really.

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Nice reply

No I suppose it was a rubbish answer.. bit like your input rolling on the floor laughing the fact is paying out money on a paint will not be better than a screen, plus there are other factors to concider, and a view was asked for, so I gave one, you sound like you are from another forum. Cool

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pioneer7 wrote:
the fact is paying out money on a paint will not be better than a screen,

That's my point, you can't possibly support that comment as you never actually tried proper screen paint, it's VERY different from normal matt emulsion, so your offering IS no more useful than mine.

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plus there are other factors to concider, and a view was asked for, so I gave one

Yes, a view based on no useful experience, so what was the point?

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jcshutts

here is a link that you might find helpfull for more info

http://www.goosystems.co.uk/products.php

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LED Sorry lhc

as you have given a constructive answer, do you have any worth while input silenced

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LED Sorry lhc

Is that supposed to be an attempt at humour? I've got a 4 year old grandson that can do better than that.

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as you have given a constructive answer, do you have any worth while input silenced

I see you've managed to find google good job , so now you know what projector screen paint is, do you want to explain how your experience has any relevance to the conversation?

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No I am not worthy Cool But your answers are a little like your signiture....

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No I am not worthy Cool But your answers are a little like your signiture....

You should have stopped at "No", that's the most accurate comment you've made in this thread.

My point was that your experience tells the OP nothing about his question. What was your point?

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Sounds like the collider refurb is taking its toll? So many threads become wider than the op intended maybe but surely our various experiences are uswful to many others than the op. Screenpaint? Just a whitewash imo. Smile

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Screenpaint? Just a whitewash imo. Smile

Well that was funnier than the other guy's effort but that's exactly what I mean, screenpaint is no more "just white paint" than a projector screen is "just a white sheet", so if someone hasn't tried it then they can't really offer an opinion of it can they? That's what I was pointing out.

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pioneer7 wrote:
LED Sorry lhc

Is that supposed to be an attempt at humour? I've got a 4 year old grandson that can do better than that.

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as you have given a constructive answer, do you have any worth while input silenced

I see you've managed to find google good job , so now you know what projector screen paint is, do you want to explain how your experience has any relevance to the conversation?

 

Grandson or nephew?

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The OP asks for 'experience or views'. I have no experience but such a lovely view.

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Grandson or nephew?

Step-grandson to be entirely accurate, which is useful as it means if he grows up to be a gobEDITED I can disown him guilt free!