home improvement

I got the screening room painted this last weekend.
A number of people have probably heard the anecdote about me getting very black paint. And maybe heard of the drama surrounding the blackest black vs using the oft-touted Vantablack paint.
Succinctly, Vantablack is a material, not a paint. It is highly toxic, and applied in a clean room at 500 degrees, so anything you put it on has to tolerate that heat. Its cost is irrelevant, because only one person can use it, and he won’t share.

Blackest black
Is a paint that is not toxic, smells like cherries, and while more expensive than ordinary house paint, is at a price point that I can get to. Given that no house paint is anywhere close to this black, being all some vague approximation of dark grey, I opted for Black 2.0, which is the second version of Blackest Black. My first order was damaged in shipping, and the very nice people at Culture Hustle sorted me out, resulting in my having about 2 gallons of paint. It was suggested that for drywall, I start with a coat diluted 30% with water, and then 2 additional coats to get the fullest effect of this very very black paint. My goal for this screening room is to have the walls and more importantly the ceiling to be not visible when the projector in use. So I wanted to take every reasonable step to make this happen.

First, however, I had to get the wiring done. The rear surround speakers had to be connected to the AV receiver up front, and the video out had to go from there to the projector. I could have cut into the ceiling to run said wiring through the crawlspace, but the second floor is over the back 6 feet of this room, and for some reason the floor joists run in the other direction, so I would have had to cut through them. Given the sorry state of the existing crown molding in this room, I opted to do things differently than the traditional behind-wall wiring. I used raceway crown to conceal wires around the perimeter of the room, and then went down through the wall in a conventional manner.

In reasonable darkness the room feels like an infinite space. The walls and ceiling actually tend do disappear because they don’t reflect light. When we first hung up the screen, I sat and stared at it and it seemed to be moving towards me because there was no frame of reference except the screen.

Will report back once the equipment is all connected up and I can watch something in the abyssal home theater.