DIY Projection Screen Paint

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DIY Projection Screen Paint
Keep colours vivid with a DIY projection screen paint. (Movie dancers image by Vojsek from

Specially formulated projection screen paint contains a silver metallic base, which allows it to reflect the projected image with optimal contrast and brightness. If you were to paint a projection screen with regular paint, the image would appear dull. However, projection screen paint is costly. Create comparable effect using silver metallic spray paint on top of regular paint.

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Things you need

  • Water-based primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Light grey, satin, water-based paint
  • Silver metallic spray paint
  • Black, matt, water-based paint

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  1. 1

    Paint the screen area with water-based primer.

  2. 2

    Paint over the primer with a light grey, satin, water-based paint. Gray will provide better contrast than white. A satin finish will provide the correct balance of light absorption and light reflection. A matt finish would absorb too much light and a gloss finish would reflect too much light.

  3. 3

    Spray paint the screen with a light misting of silver metallic spray paint. Allow the spray paint to dry.

  4. 4

    Spray paint the screen one more time with a light misting of silver metallic spray paint to even out the coverage. The screen should not be totally covered in the spray paint---just speckled enough to provide subtle enhanced luminance when an image is projected. Too much will cause the image to be overly reflected.

  5. 5

    Paint a 4 inch border around the screen with matt black paint to create a crisp border around projected images.

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