Theater Screen Painting Instructions




  • This product may be sprayed or rolled on. Spraying is preferred, but should only be attempted by an experienced painter with quality spray equipment. Rolling is not a problem if the screen is not over about 10 feet wide.  Wider screens should be sprayed for best results.  The surface needs to be fairly smooth with no plaster texturing. If it is textured you will need to trowel with sheet rock mud and sand smooth.  A white primer coat will be needed if the wall is already painted a dark color.

  • For most home theater applications the screen paint will be rolled on. You will need a good quality 1/4" nap roller. The projector screen should be rolled in horizontal strokes going all the way across.  Each stroke should be overlapped by about 50%. Keep going over it with less paint on roller and with lighter strokes until no overlap lines are visible. It is best if you can wait before you add the dark border until the screen painting is completed, so the border can cover the end of the roller strokes. If this is not possible or if no border is being used, then finish the edges with a small 2" or 3" edge roller. 

  • The flat "Ultra White" or "Gray" base coat should be applied in 2 coats. Let dry at least 6 hours before applying the top reflective coat.  It is best to let the second base coat dry overnight. 

  • The top reflective coat should be applied in the same manner as above except it must be hand shaken with the can upside down for at least 2 minutes and then stirred and used immediately.  The reflective particles will settle to the bottom if not used right away. The top coat may be rolled on with either vertical or horizontal strokes.  After the paint is on the screen it is very important to finish painting with horizontal strokes overlapping each stroke by about 50%.  All roller strokes must go in the same direction (left to right or right to left) to give an even reflective sheen. 

    The top coat goes on white, but dries almost clear. It takes about 3 days to completely cure to achieve maximum clarity and brightness. Apply 2 coats of top coat to achieve maximum brightness. 

    Enjoy your new screen. 

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