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Title: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on November 14, 2016, 11:29:30 AM
One of the very best things I've done in my theater to improve the picture, is to make certain potions of my room dark / black. I couldn't make every surface black without pissing off my wife, but leaving parts of it dark grey while using a combination of black paint, protostar, black velvet drapes and black carpeting, have helped improve the picture quite a bit!

Before pictures and after pictures -


Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on November 14, 2016, 12:31:08 PM
Protostar material can be found here - http://www.protostar.biz/hitack.htm
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Post by: ellisr63 on November 14, 2016, 03:27:27 PM
Looks great... I can't wait to see it in person!
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Post by: Death Dream on November 14, 2016, 03:40:14 PM
That looks good! I like that red on those curtains. Almost did that exact thing on my last theater.
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Post by: AVSCraig on November 14, 2016, 08:39:52 PM
That looks good! I like that red on those curtains. Almost did that exact thing on my last theater.

It adds a nice theater like look, and helps dampen the room sound wise too !
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: Greg9518LC on November 22, 2016, 06:23:12 AM
I will post pics of my theater but I added this and was a nice
improvement and not all expensive and looks nice.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lanart-Comfort-Shag-Black-8-ft-x-10-ft-Area-Rug-CSHAG810BK/206965060

I am now chasing the last reflections and it is my flat black ceiling. Trying to decide in
Black Commando cloth or Black velvet panels. Any suggestions is appreciated and cost
is always a consideration.
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: bmoney on November 22, 2016, 07:24:20 AM
no doubt!  once you have experienced the darkenss of a front end you will never go back
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Post by: ShadeRF on November 22, 2016, 07:50:49 AM
I will post pics of my theater but I added this and was a nice
improvement and not all expensive and looks nice.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lanart-Comfort-Shag-Black-8-ft-x-10-ft-Area-Rug-CSHAG810BK/206965060

I am now chasing the last reflections and it is my flat black ceiling. Trying to decide in
Black Commando cloth or Black velvet panels. Any suggestions is appreciated and cost
is always a consideration.

My room is painted entirely black and my ceiling is a problem area for me too. Getting quite a bit of reflection off the ceiling currently. I'd love to hear others (cost effective!) suggestions for dealing with it.
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on November 22, 2016, 08:55:42 AM
I will post pics of my theater but I added this and was a nice
improvement and not all expensive and looks nice.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lanart-Comfort-Shag-Black-8-ft-x-10-ft-Area-Rug-CSHAG810BK/206965060

I am now chasing the last reflections and it is my flat black ceiling. Trying to decide in
Black Commando cloth or Black velvet panels. Any suggestions is appreciated and cost
is always a consideration.

Not a bad price on that rug. I had a piece of black Shaw carpet I picked out bound on the edges like a gaint throw rug. 15' 6" x 11' . Cost more like $ 500.00, but it did the trick. A lot cheap than re- carpeting the entire room ( it was and existing room 0, especially if you factor in the possible divorce !  :o
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Post by: ShadeRF on November 22, 2016, 02:36:44 PM
Not a bad price on that rug. I had a piece of black Shaw carpet I picked out bound on the edges like a gaint throw rug. 15' 6" x 11' . Cost more like $ 500.00, but it did the trick. A lot cheap than re- carpeting the entire room ( it was and existing room 0, especially if you factor in the possible divorce !  :o

I still want to replace my light carpet in my theater with a darker carpet but in the mean time I found a pretty large black rug for $50 @ At Home (formerly Garden Ridge). They have a ton of cheap rugs and may be a good place to look
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Post by: Greg9518LC on November 22, 2016, 02:52:49 PM
commando cloth is checked off the list looks like triple black for the ceiling.
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Post by: ellisr63 on November 22, 2016, 06:04:11 PM
commando cloth is checked off the list looks like triple black for the ceiling.
Another option is to get the velvet they use in telescopes... It is a stick on velvet. It is literally a black hole. When we did it the only problem i had was getting it to stick to the pegboard we attached it to before attaching it to the ceiling.
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on February 15, 2017, 08:44:37 AM
I've got more cans of Roscoe Velour Black Super Saturated paint now. I should have time to paint a couple of strategic walls with it prior to March 5th !
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on May 03, 2019, 08:29:18 AM
More shots of the theater post Rosco Black Velour. It's been one of the best things I've done to improve my theater - making it dark in there !
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Post by: TRainH2O on May 03, 2019, 08:35:19 AM
What works well for black drapery for your walls?

Years ago, I bought and hung black drapes in my theater. They were pretty thin material and I have never really liked them but it was the only local option. 
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Post by: tripplej on May 03, 2019, 08:40:21 AM
Very nice. Glad to hear you were able to get your room dark enough for the WAF. :)
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Post by: AVSCraig on May 03, 2019, 09:59:52 AM
What works well for black drapery for your walls?

Years ago, I bought and hung black drapes in my theater. They were pretty thin material and I have never really liked them but it was the only local option.
Don't buy the local option then. My red velvet drapes came from https://www.halfpricedrapes.com/

T (https://www.halfpricedrapes.com/)he super flat black paint came from https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=381780&gclid=CLSRnZCKwNECFROUfgodEjsEyg&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&c3api=1876%2C92051678402%2C&Q=&A=details (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=381780&gclid=CLSRnZCKwNECFROUfgodEjsEyg&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&c3api=1876%2C92051678402%2C&Q=&A=details)
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on May 03, 2019, 10:04:05 AM
Very nice. Glad to hear you were able to get your room dark enough for the WAF. :)
I painted the walls black, re-painted the gray ceiling and side walls a darker Sherwin Williams " Garrett Gray ", and got some friends to help carry and install the giant piece of black carpeting, when my wife was out of town, over 3 or 4 different times. There was no WAF. Only asking forgiveness by cooking her favorite steak and watching The Notebook with her. Again. ::)
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Post by: tripplej on May 03, 2019, 10:39:53 AM
I like the way you think. lol. :)

I wish I could do that.. oh man..
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Post by: randman on February 20, 2020, 04:50:42 PM
Protostar material can be found here - http://www.protostar.biz/hitack.htm

What do you use the Protostar for? 
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on February 21, 2020, 09:17:58 AM
What do you use the Protostar for?
I use it on my electric screen case, center channel speaker and other places, to black out items in my theater. It works very well. I put it on shiny objects. The self adhesive is handy too. 
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Post by: AVSMike on February 21, 2020, 12:33:43 PM
Craig, does this mean your wife is going out of town again or have you now gotten her in board with blacked out room. :) 
Title: Re: Come To The Dark Side !
Post by: AVSCraig on February 21, 2020, 02:42:19 PM
Craig, does this mean your wife is going out of town again or have you now gotten her in board with blacked out room. :)
Can't push my luck - there are 4 subwoofers in the theater she doesn't even know about !
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