By Andrew Liszewski
I’m not a fan of using video projectors as big screen TVs and one of the biggest issues I have is the screens themselves which can be a pain to mount and maintain and usually just end up looking like crap. But if you happen to have a big empty wall in your living room a company called Vogel’s sells a do-it-yourself paint-on projection screen kit.
Cleverly named ‘Mighty Brighty’ the kit basically comes with a set of paints that makes creating the perfect projection screen pretty simple. Just measure out your required dimensions on the wall (16:9 or 4:3) and then paint on a light gray base coat followed by a highly reflective top coat and you’re done. In theory you don’t even have to wait for it to dry before you start using it. The top coat can even be customized to your room’s lighting conditions by adding more or less of an included gray tint before painting it on and in the end you’re left with a screen that’s guaranteed to always be flat and smooth (unless your home has severe foundation issues.)
Vogel’s currently sells 3 different projection screen kits. The cheapest version just includes the base and top coats without the additional gray tinting paint and sells for about $190. The next version up adds the gray tinting paint plus a magnetic paint and magnetic borders that can be easily added and removed to frame your screen and sells for about $380. Finally the ‘premium’ version comes with everything the previous versions do but includes enough paint to cover your entire wall so that the screen completely blends in when not in use and is available for about $580.