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Ian_J

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Hello,

Should I replacing my 100" DIY screen with a smaller 92" Da-Lite Hight Contrast Gray or better?

Currently I'm projecting a 100" image onto a DIY screen. I purchased the Matt White (very bright) screen material from Ebay and stretched it over 1x4's. It has served me well but the poor black levels are beginning to bother me. The projector is a Sanyo Z2 calibrated with Avia.

I can already see a big difference in black levels when I decrease the size of the image from the Z2. Will I see an even greater change in black levels and contrast if I change to a High Contrast Gray or should I spend my money on a better projector(say the Sony HS20)?

Any input is greatly appreciated.
 

DaveGTP

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I was wondering...

how do you paint blackout cloth? Do you use a brush, roller, what? Will spraypaint work? I asked on avsforum but didn't get a great answer.
 

Neil Joseph

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You can use a roller and if you are using something like Floetrol (available at Home Depot), you can apply with less possibility of streaking.

I agree with changing the colour of the screen to a light gray or to a silver which is what I opted to do.
 

DaveGTP

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Thanks for the tip, Neil.

As soon as I can put the projector back up (need wallmount from avsforum X1 mount guy) I will give it a shot.

Note: Do not use Magic Eraser cleaning sponge (for cleaning painted walls of smudges) on Blackout cloth. It "erases" the cloth and exposes the black inbetween layers in the BO Cloth.
 

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