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Good article. My experience of painted screens since my first in 1998 is that the color is not critical; eyes quickly adjust to slightly different paint hues, and there’s far more variation in the film stock and color timing of the movie. Even ‘off-white’ is ok. (Hey, there’s a huge difference in daylight through the day, and we seem to manage.)

What is important is that there be no glossy marks (food stains, sellotape, crayola, etc). These can be easily removed with a scouring pad and detergent. Perfect smoothness is also not necessary because the light from the projector is near vertical to the screen, and anyhow imperfections are invisible from 15‘ away.

The greatest viewing improvement for me came from attaching black hessian fabric to the whole ceiling (with stapels and wooden battens). The room is total blackout, with floor-to-ceiling navy blue curtains all round, a dark carpet, and dark furnishings. No light reflected back to the screen. With all that, I never even notice or think about the screen, and the PT-AE1000 is more than bright enough. I have designed adjustable borders for different aspect ratios, but the lack of borders is barely noticable in the dark and not distracting, and I haven’t bothered making them.
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