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Projector Screen

Enjoy the excitement of the big screen from the comfort of your own home. With a little paint and ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape, you can transform any room into a home theater – with a high-performance projector screen – that's both impressive and cost-effective.





  • Before you start, project the TV picture onto the wall to determine ideal screen placement
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and completely dry



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Draw Outline

Draw Outline

Choose a wall, then measure and mark the four corners of the area where you want the screen to be placed. Use a level and a pencil to draw your screen outline.

Step 2: Mask Screen

Mask Screen

Tape along the screen outline with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 3: Prime & Paint

Prime & Paint

Apply two coats of white primer to the screen area, letting each coat dry for time suggested by manufacturer instructions. Then apply screen paint, and allow it to dry for time indicated by manufacturer instructions.

Step 4: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Carefully remove tape at a 45° angle. Now you're ready to create your border.

Step 5: Re-Mask Screen

Re-Mask Screen

Mask around the screen, keeping a hint of white on the outside edge of the tape. Hint: for super sharp lines, seal the outside edge of the tape with white paint. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 6: Mask Border

Mask Border

Measure and mark the four outside corners of your border. Then, use a pencil and level to draw the border with straight lines, so you know where to place the tape. Finally, apply tape to the pencil lines. Hint: keep pencil lines on the inside edge of the tape.

Step 7: Paint Border

Paint Border

Apply the first coat of black paint to your border and let it dry for 12 hours. Apply the second coat, and allow that to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 8: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Carefully remove tape at a 45° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints


  • When measuring to determine where to put the screen, a good rule of thumb to follow is to place the projector 10' to 12' from the wall you'll be projecting onto.
  • After you have masked the screen area but before you start painting, project images to the area you just taped, to make sure the screen and projector will align. It's a great way to make last minute adjustments – before you paint.


  • Make sure to choose screen paint. Avoid standard latex paint because it will not reflect light evenly.
  • Avoid matte finish paint because it absorbs so much light that they can reduce image brightness. And avoid semi-gloss and gloss finish latex paints because they can be overly reflective.
  • Use light gray screen paint. Lighter shades of gray enhance the perceived contrast ratio, making blacks richer and darker, whites brighter and sharper, and colors more vibrant.
  • A dark border around your screen will make colors appear vibrant and will prevent light from bleeding around the edges of the image.
  • Throughout the rest of the room, use darker, neutral colors that won't detract from your picture.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.

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