DIY Home Theater Screen Paint

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Home theater screens are expensive additions that can drastically drive up the expense of making the most basic of home theaters. Yet a good screen is a necessary part of the viewing experience, which requires the best picture possible. A DIY solution saves money, while giving you a high-quality painted on screen, well tested by the DIY home theater community. The Black Widow screen paint formula only requires a few cans of paint to create and a few minutes to apply.

Things You'll Need

  • White primer paint
  • Low nap (¼ inch) paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • 1 qt. Pittsburgh Paints Bermuda Beige flat enamel paint
  • 8 oz. aluminum base paint
  • Pail
  • Electric drill with paint mixing attachment
  • Buy a quart of Pittsburgh Paints Bermuda Beige tinted flat enamel paint from a home improvement store. Ask the counter person in the paint section to mix the color for you. Purchase a small 8 oz. bottle of aluminum base paint from an auto parts store.

  • Prime the screen surface with a high quality white primer paint. Build up a single coat of the primer through the application of two or three thin layers using a low nap paint roller. Allow the primer to dry overnight before applying the screen paint.

  • Pour the two paints, the beige and the aluminum, into an empty pail. Mix the paints thoroughly using an electric drill with a paint mixing attachment. Combined, the two paints create 40 oz. of a neutral grey colored paint that removes color contamination from the light reflected from your screen and presents an accurate representation of the projected image.

  • Apply the screen paint over the primer with the low nap roller. Use multiple thin layers to build up a single coat of the screen paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight before use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Aluminum Fine is a water-based paint consisting mostly of aluminum which doesn't interfere with the colors projected onto your DIY screen.
  • The 40 oz. mixture of Black Widow paint is sufficient to coat a 100-inch screen.

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