DIY tricks are always exciting, but what’s more exciting is when you do not have to spend too much on getting the work done. Watching a favorite movie on a large screen is the fantasy of every movie lover, it just brings the whole thing to life.
News flash, that kind of screen is not a cheap buy, you may have to spend a lot to get a projector screen that you want. So how about you improvise, I mean, what matters is getting that big view so an alternative way won’t be a bad idea.
Painting a projector screen on the wall is not really a difficult task if you follow the procedures properly and use the right items. There are several reasons why painting your own projector screen may just be a wonderful decision.
To start with, It is costs less, like a whole lot cheaper than buying a projector screen, less cost means that you get to save more money. The only expenses will be procuring the needed items, and most of these items are cheap, some are items you can find in your home, things like tapes, buckets, and trays. Those ones that will most likely require you to visit a store are the projector paint and the roller, which do not really cost much compared to the cost of screen. So why not save the money for a good projector instead?
Also, painting your own screen allows you to choose the size that is most preferable to you. As far as there is enough space for it, you can extend the screen to any size of your choice. This is something you don’t get with other screens. These types of screens have specific sizes so you get to stick to whatever you get, even when you choose to get the larger screens you end up spending more.
However, the only problem here is that these screens are fixed, that is, it cannot be moved into and out of your house. You cannot use the screen for outdoor movies if it is installed inside the house, and likewise if outside. So mobility is a problem here. But looking at the positive side of things, this could actually be an advantage in some way, the screen being fixed means that you don’t have to dismantle and reinstall it over and over again. Once, it’s done, it stays.
So, yes, the process is all fun and exciting, but there are a number of things that can affect the result if they are not considered. To help you, here are some questions to ask before you begin.
Do I have enough space?
If your want a large screen you need to have a wall for it. The size of your wall will determine how large the screen will be. You don’t want to use the entire wall as a screen, so if you have a small room you consider the size that is most suitable for you. The larger the room, the bigger the chance of getting a wide screen.
Will lighting be a problem?
Light interference can disturb your viewing especially when you are using the projector during the day. This usually happens if the screen is too close to the window, and then you’ll have to shut the windows are let down the curtains to give you a better view.
Can I get a clean image?
If the wall is bad it could tell on the screen quality and you definitely do not want that. So to achieve the aim of this process, which is to have a screen similar to the standard types, you need to ensure that the screen is in good condition before you start painting. Check for rough surfaces and work on them
Once all that is set, you can proceed with the painting, but if there’s a need for adjustments, then you should look into it first.
Now let’s get to the main thing
The first thing you want to do is to mark out the size of the screen that you want to paint. To do this, you’ll need to have a fine image in a size that can easily be accommodated on the wall. So you turn on your projector and set it to the screen. Ensure you adjust it in a way that you have the best image quality possible, making sure the sides of the image are straight. Once you’ve done this, follow the lines with tapes, turn off the projector and get your painting materials ready.
You can choose to prime the wall surface before painting or just skip this step since it is not compulsory. Pour the paint inside the bucket, and take some with rollers. Do not take too much or too little paint at once, just a sufficient amount to cover a surface without excessive dripping. Once you have covered all the surfaces, allow the paint to dry and then go over it with the paint the second time.
Gently pull off the tapes before the paint gets dried so the sides of the screen remain clean and straight. And there you have it, your projector screen is ready.
No doubt, painting a projector screen has its limitations, but compared to its benefits, they are things you can deal with. There is hardly a way to tell between a regular projector screen and the painted ones if the painting is properly done. However, this is not to say that these screens do not have their advantages over the painted types.
The screen should not be made with just any type of paint. There are specific kinds of paints for projector screens. You can look up the type of paints used by professional painters to find the one that will best suit your need. The type of paint used can greatly affect the quality of the image on the screen. Also, there is no specific color for projector paints, although the most commonly used colors are white and grey.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.