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DIY movie screen paint

Performance is WHY DIY!

Let's take a look at the hard details of DIY Movie Screen Paint Performance

What could possibly be new about a projection screen? Great question!

Several things actually.

Movie screens used to be a commodity – simple tripod or wall mount screens on window shade rollers with a case and either matt white or glass beaded fabric. That was fine for slide projectors and old film projectors. But projection screen technology needs to advance along with the technology of the projection source. Today it is digital projectors and high definition that requires a different screen surface. Some manufactures try to do it with vinyl film and strings or bulky frames with snap buttons to hold them tight. But time can make them sticky and sag. Gravity rules! With DIY Theatre® movie screen paint we stay as flat as the wall or material you choose. Our surface will not get sticky, sag or wrinkle with waves like a flag. That is only part of the performance improvements you will experience with DIY movie screen paint. DIY Theatre® has developed a new screen technology that includes a non-interference optical pigment. This is exclusively used in our White Platinum® and Silver Eagle® movie screen paint. Traditional pearlescent screens use an interference pigment which is a larger flake and is fairly translucent. This is the reason that screen performance is lost due to color shift. Old style movie screens are painted with black on the back so you cannot see all the light that is lost as it passes through the screen surface rather than reflect back to you –the viewer. See the illustration of the optically active layer below.

Traditional Pearl movie screen pigments

Traditional Pearl Pigments

Notice how the light ray is split when it strikes the old style pearl pigment flake. Some of it is reflected back as it should be and some of the light travels through the pigment and lost in the back of the screen while another part of it is reflected back at a different angle. As multiple pigment flakes are layered this negative effect is compounded. Some of the light ray is totally lost and the rest is split in fractional directions which is the primary cause of color shift. This type of pearl pigment is not a defect - in fact that is how they are designed. Their use is for automotive coatings and packaging materials and it gives the appearance of depth due to multiple layers and color shift looks good on a car. But not on a movie screen.

White Platinum movie screen pigments

White Platinum® Screen Pigments

The latest generation of screen pigments formulated for DIY Theatre® White Platinum® movie screen paint reflects very differently. They are opaque particles rather than translucent flakes. When the light ray strikes the optical surface then it is directed back in a single reflection and provides much greater color intensity.

Pearlescent pigments used in many of the common projection screens were developed in the 1960’s long before digital projection sources or light sources with UV light were developed. These old pigments work well for cars but not very efficient for a projection screen. The optical pigments in our formulations are only recently developed and greatly change the active performance of the projection screen surface. The fine grain size (5 - 30 ΅m) of our optical pigments and narrow particle size distribution allow our projection screens to perform with greatly reduced or totally eliminated color shift and a greater amount of the projected light to be reflected back to the viewers. This is a huge technological improvement that no doubt other manufacturers will love to copy after our patent expiration.

The next most important feature that is exclusive to our patented screen coating is that it has been formulated to reflect a broader range of the light spectrum. In the past the light source for projectors was always an incandescent bulb – just a regular light bulb. Today the most common light source is the halogen or metal halide bulb and it emits a greater UV scale element. A White Platinum screen will literally come alive when you expose it to the UV spectrum light source. Our formulation contains a mildewcide so the screen will remain mildew resistant. Since you install this coating directly on your wall or other substrate you have no need for wires, strings, window shade rollers or other cumbersome accessories. Your screen will always stay flat. And unlike glass beaded screens with glues to hold the beads on, fiberglass laminated screens or vinyl screens that have a strong solvent odor you will find our DIY movie screen paint to have a very pleasing smell. We have developed a pleasant smelling fragrance that we call Dreamsicle. But it is not just to smell good – it has a purpose. As long as you can detect the smell of Dreamsicle the polymer coating is still curing. You can use your screen the same day you install it and it will be dry to the touch within hours. But it will be 30 – 60 days until your screen is fully cured and each day it will look and perform better.

Clean up will be simple when you install your screen as everything is water based. Very environmentally friendly and safe. One final note about our formulation that is exclusive to DIY Theatre® projector screens. We have included microspheres. These are much smaller than glass beads and are not active in the image reflection. They are included to provide for the correct texture of your screen surface and durability for ease of cleaning.

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But the performance of the screen — its beautiful image — is only a part of the unique advantages of a DIY Theatre® Screen.
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