Frequently Asked Questions
Is Movie Night a wall paint?
Where is the best place to paint a screen in my home?
Which Movie Night should I use, the white or the gray?
Can Movie Night be used to make a screen for outdoor use?
Does my wall have to be perfectly smooth?
Is a black border necessary?
I have some extra roller covers laying around, these will work right?
Can I paint something else and hang it on my wall like a screen?
1. Is Movie Night a wall paint?
In short yes, Movie Night is an easy to use wall paint that is specifically formulated to give high end results when coupled with a high definition projector.
2. Where is the best place to paint a screen in my home?
The very best place to view a projection screen is in a place where ambient light can be controlled. In other words, the darker you can make the room, the better the picture will look. Today’s projectors have more than enough output to overcome ambient light, but the picture itself is going to get washed out. If you cannot completely control ambient light make sure that your projector has a lot of light output!
3. Which Movie Night should I use, the white or the gray?
Both are great options, but the white is the best option for most home theater enthusiasts. The white gives you the flesh tones you are looking for along with bright and vibrant colors. The gray can help give better black levels when paired with a projector that lacks deep black levels on it’s own.
4. Can Movie Night be used to make a screen for outdoor use?
Yes! This is a very popular use for projectors right now: the neighborhood backyard movie night. There are many items that you can paint with Movie Night to create a cool large screen to entertain everyone in the neighborhood! Movie Night is weather resistant, so if you forget to take down your screen, or a rain shower pops up, you can rest assured that the coating will still look great for the next show!
5. Does my wall have to be perfectly smooth?
The smoother the surface you paint the better. That being said, if you listen to people on forums they will try to convince you that if its not perfectly smooth you will see every imperfection on your wall, which may be true if you are looking at the screen at 175 degree angle. So, should your wall be smooth? Short answer, yes. Your wall should not be textured, nor should there be a giant drywall seam visibly through the middle of your screen either. But are you going to notice a small nail pop that happens to appear when your screen is finished? It all depends upon where it is. Whether or not it’s distracting enough to require attention is up to the viewer. Should you fix nail pops, cracks and holes before you paint your screen? Absolutely. Should you worry about hiring a contractor to give you a level 5 drywall finish? Sure, if that’s what you want to do! But it’s more than likely not necessary unless you want perfection.
6. Is a black border necessary?
A black border is not 100% necessary, but it really can help give a finished look, while also helping absorb any extra light that may bleed off from the projector which can impact the quality of the picture. Light is the enemy in a theater environment, any time we can help reduce extra light we are helping the image quality.
7. I have some extra roller covers laying around, these will work right?
They might. We recommend a micro plush roller cover in the least amount of nap as possible. These micro plush roller covers provide a very smooth finish on the wall, while also providing a shed free painting experience.
8. Can I paint something else and hang it on my wall like a screen?
Sure, as a matter of fact we recommend a hardboard panel that you can find at most home centers. These hardboard panels come in 4’x8′ sheets that are about 1/8” thick. They are also very smooth which helps with the preparation process of your screen. There are many other options out there, the key is to use the appropriate primer first before painting to ensure proper adhesion and performance of Movie Night.