Painted Projector Screen – Can I use projector screen paint on wood?
If you’ve been looking to build your own projector screen, you’ve probably seen that one cheap projector screen alternative is to create a painted projector screen using projector screen paint. Now you can apply the paint to different types of surfaces, most often you will be looking to apply it to a plaster or wood surface. In this article, I’ll look at what to look for if you’re using a wood surface for a fixed projector screen, specifically whether the surface needs a prime coat, the type of prime coat to use, and the type of paint to use for the screen.
Does the surface need a prime coat?
If the wood you plan to use as a projection screen has already been painted with latex paint, then you should not use a base coat. Latex paint should do well as a base for your screen. Hopefully it’s a high quality acrylic based latex paint if it’s not likely to stain in the future. Other types of paint on a wooden surface will likely require you to apply a latex base coat before painting on your projection screen. Also make sure there are no bumps on the surface, the slightest imperceptible bump can completely ruin your photo. For the best projection screen, you’ll want to make sure the surface not only looks smooth, but also feels smooth.
What type of base coat should be used?
The type of base coat that is best used on a wood surface is one that is not water based. Avoid water-based basecoats at all costs if the screen material is wood. The reason for this is that spots can appear, which is not what you want. A suitable primer should be available at your local hardware store, and if you are purchasing a special projection screen paint, be sure to check that the primer is not water-based. If you choose to use a projection screen paint kit, a base coat must be provided.
What kind of paint should I use?
When it comes to the right paint, there are many different types of paint that work well for projection screens. Behr has some paints that home theater enthusiasts swear by, but their durability can be questionable. Behr Silver Screen is most commonly used for this purpose and is an inexpensive alternative for a home theater projector screen. Screen Goo and Mississippi Mudd are two of the most recommended types of projection screen paint. Whichever type you choose, you should be prepared to repaint the screen in the future, as this is one of the disadvantages of a painted projector screen.
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