Screen Goo is a specially formatted, highly reflective acrylic paint, designed specifically for the video projection industry. Screen Goo acrylic paint allows one to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen.
Screen Goo’s performance reflects many years of research and development, and the precision production techniques of Tri-Art Manufacturing. It has the capacity to outperform most of the existing screen products in use today. Screen Goo is made from the highest grade acrylic available and contains no filler materials. Whether used in a professional, or home situation its simple application, versatility, quality and variable gain characteristics are remarkable.
Goo Systems offers ten Screen Goo coating products. Front projection users can now choose from a wide variety of different coating combinations for ultimate performance with any projector in any setting. Goo Systems has engineered a rear projection screen coating designed to provide exceptional results in both home and business applications. Any rigid transparent surface can now be cost effectively transformed into a high quality dual-sided projection screen. Potential uses include home theatre installations, retail point-of-purchase displays, conference rooms, and large venue displays such as concert halls, arenas, and houses of worship. Applications are limited only by your imagination.
Why use Screen Goo instead of typical wall paint?
Wall paint is designed and engineered principally to cover an underlying surface and to provide colour in a room. These are relatively straightforward objectives and they are accomplished by paint manufacturers through the use of an inexpensive dispersion medium (typically, water-based acrylic or an oil-based medium) to which a pigment or pigments are added to provide colour. Usually, relatively small amounts of pigment are used and then supplemented with extenders whose main purpose is to reduce the amount of expensive pigment required to produce the desired colour. This can be done because the quantity of light reflected by wall paint is relatively unimportant.
By contrast, Screen Goo has been specifically engineered to accurately reflect and disperse the complex coloured light patterns produced by video projectors. To that end, Screen Goo starts by employing a premium acrylic dispersion with very low light absorption characteristics and excellent durability. To minimize light loss and to ensure colour fidelity, Screen Goo uses much greater concentrations of pigment than those found in house paint. These pigments are carefully chosen to accurately reflect the full spectrum of colour produced by video projectors as opposed to house paints where the goal is to reflect that portion of the light which produces the single desired colour. In addition, Goo Systems employs proprietary dispersion and pigment treatment techniques to maximize the reflective properties of the pigments employed. These techniques require custom built machinery and are very time and labour intensive.
One of the key properties of high quality projected video is contrast. Contrast is defined as the difference between the brightest and darkest portions of an image. The latest generations of digital projectors have very little difficulty in producing high levels of brightness. However, the darker areas of an image, specifically black areas, are a different matter entirely. Black is defined as the absence of light. Any light in a room, even light produced by the projector and reflected from the room’s wall and ceilings, will compromise the accurate reproduction of black. By using a neutral grey reflective surface, or screen, the levels of incidental or unwanted light can be significantly reduced without affecting colour accuracy and overly compromising image brightness. Less unwanted reflected light means better black levels, which in turn means enhanced contrast. Unless the viewing room is completely light controlled, including dark, non-reflective walls and ceiling, a grey screen will always provide better black levels and higher contrast than a white screen.
Lastly, unlike wall paint which involves the application of a single product, a Screen Goo application consists of two different products. Screen Goo basecoats provide an ideal reflective surface to which a diffusive, colour correct topcoat is added. It is the combination of the reflective basecoat and the diffusive topcoat which gives a Screen Goo screen its remarkable qualities of high reflectivity, colour accuracy, wide viewing angles and excellent contrast. The icing on the cake is the very special sense of image depth, or feeling of looking into the picture that only a Screen Goo screen provides.
Pairs of matching Reflective Coat and Finish Coat are available in sizes of 2 x 500mL, 2 x 1L, 2 x 2.0L, 2 x 3.78L and in contractor size 2 x 16L.
Reference White is our brightest colour and comparable to ‘traditional’ white screens. It is ideally suited for long projection distances, optimum light return, for the best possible brilliance in well-darkened home theatres with no or very little ambient light, and no or very little unwanted reflections bouncing off walls and ceiling. It is also suitable for very large areas. The paint has a very high reflectivity value. The pure white appearance is extremely suitable for architectural projection surfaces in close proximity to conventional walls. The luminance (gain factor) is about 1.5 to 1.8 compared to normal wall paint.
High Contrast is a neutral light grey surface screen. A certain amount of ambient light is absorbed, and black level is visibly improved. Colours appear more saturated and the dimensionality in the screen increases significantly. Another advantage is reduced sensitivity to unwanted reflections off walls and ceiling. This colour has a luminance (gain factor) of about 1.0. to 1.2 compared to regular wall paint. It is suited for most digital projectors with average light output and ensures a true cinematic experience.
Max Contrast results in a neutral grey projection surface, characterized by superior black level and excellent colour accuracy. This is the darkest tone of Goo Systems and, therefore, is best suited for projectors with a stronger light output, for a more cinematic experience in home cinema, and for devices that suffer from less than perfect contrast ratio, for example projectors that were designed for presentation in conference rooms. Black level is closer to ‘real’ black, which means that the relevant scenes will look more realistic and therefore more exciting. The image is perceived as very natural. The special optical particles ensure that the luminance (gain) achieved by this coating are just below 1.0 compared to regular wall paint. Colour fidelity across the visible spectrum remains completely intact. As is typical in all Screen Goo products, dimensionality of the image increases dramatically.
Ultra Max is engineered by Goo Systems for the new/next generation high lumen output projectors. Screen Goo Ultra Max features incredible black levels: images emerge from an inky black background with outstanding colour accuracy and uniformity. Ultra Max also makes blending multi-projector images on flat or curved surfaces a much simpler proposition than conventional screens and does so with minimal light spill. Ultra Max has a Gain of 0.5
+20 Products. All paints are now available as a +20 product which adds about 30% more reflectivity over the standard range.
Ultra Max +20 a high gain metallic grey finish that can be used in bright rooms and still has a very uniform image and very high contrast. Also suitable also for curved applications and hemispheres.
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Coverage figures are only a guide. Actual coverage will vary depending on the type of application and equipment/skill of operator.
We offer an installation service where we will Spray paint the screen for you. Please contact us for details.
We can also supply edging tape, border paint and other accessories to make your installation run smoothly.