The SEOS™ waveguide designed right here on the AVS forum is nearing completion. There's an option to get it in matte finish or gloss "mirror" finish, but I'm having a hard time deciding. It seems like many people thought matte was the way to go.
The samples I have right now are gloss. When they were first delivered they did have a slight haze to the finish and not quite as shiny as the 18-Sound XT-120 that many are familiar with. Today I sprayed a little cleaner on the SEOS-12 and it turned out pretty darn good.
Forum member BWaslo has seen these in person. His thought was that any type of bump or scuff before the end user gets them will show up and that maybe the matte is the best way to go. Basically keeping people from getting one with a slight scuff mark and asking for another one before they try to polish it. After working with them today, I think scuffs could be buffed out either way, but he does make a valid point.
A smooth matte finish requires paint. BUT, it's a very thin and very good coat. So good that BWaslo and I could not tell if some of the companies other products even had the paint or not. We scratched and scrapped them, still couldn't tell. Any today I found out that a lot of waveguides and horns get the special paint if you want a very smooth surface but a matte finish. Cost does not really change because they charged extra to make the mirror finish on the mold, so it's basically covered or included.
I don't have a matte finish SEOS, so I used a horn that does, and took photos of both on different speaker surfaces. It's the best I could do.I'd like to know if you think these should be gloss, matte, or maybe get 50% of each type.
On mirror black cabinet:
On birch or maple:
Slight angle to see reflections (camera happened to focus on matte horn):