As of now I'm at the last few days of deciding among some DIY speaker kits. I will either start with just 2, or 3, and maybe 5. I will either go with 5 overnight sensations, 5 nexus mt/mtm, 2 or 3 fusion4 quad with maybe fusion6 surround or something else..., and maybe just go with 2 fusion8.... Still lots of things to consider, but I have enough information to make what I feel the best choice.
In terms of the finishing look. This will be VERY important, as aesthetics are on my top 5 list. With my living situation right now, the color is not that important. However, I would rather a satin black, or a piano black finish (the shiny black) as it would go with any room. I also like the cherry red, that another quad4quad builder did... Looks amazing... Anything that will last forever, look amazing and cost effective. I want the best money can buy.
Thank you for all the help!
If the cabinets are made of MDF, you must prime and seal it. i find that Zinnser BIN shellac based primer is the best. You use a foam roller and sand between coats. If you want white satin subs, it will be perfect. Do not use spray primers or any water based as the MDF will just absorb the paint and it will look like a wet sponge.
Jon S -> I think I may go with satin black... Hahahaha
Could you tell me the exact product to use to do so? I know nothing about painting, please explain the brand to use as a prime, and the brand for the seal... Or however it works.
Off the top of my head you need primer, topcoat, clearcoat, (good products, are at least 150 USD for these, if you use cheap paint you get a bad finish), sandpaper, bondo, sanding block, rags, compressor, hvlp, respirator, drop cloths, paint thinner, stir sticks, polishing compound, rubbing compound.
Sure you can just use spray paint and skip half of these products, but you're not going to get a professional looking finish.
In regards of brand of paint, most stuff people use probably isn't available in your country so you would have to go to a paint store and ask them what to do.
I know zinsser bin primer sealer ( shellac based) and then benjamin moore impervo satin black is fairly decent, fairly cheap and gives a pretty decent finish for the price, look into those if you want to spend like 100-150 US to finish. It's not easy to roll/brush paint on nicely though. I used spray cans before, I don't recommend them they end up being expensive ( I needed 8 alone for my Fusion 8 MTM) and the finisih looks nice for 6 months then starts to degrade fast.
Duratex can be purchased as a spray version. And you can also buy in white or custom colors.
I like that it's water based so cleanup is easy. Once it dries, it's quite durable.
Duratex is used by many speaker manufacturers. You can have a pretty professional looking finish if you're careful.
A proper piano gloss he's talking about might cost much labor and $120 in paint. Your better off sanding and using body filler, priming with rattle cans and then having an auto shop just paint it for you.
Rattle cans are cheapest and easiest, you'll have to decide how far you want to go.
Did you see my Nexus MTM thread where MTG did a rattle can job ? Or JWag. Results are "good". You'd want to embrace this as a hobby and challenge to seek better. Seeking better means you transcend the simple desire for a nice finish on your speakers and enter a territory of hobby and personal challenge. I have some autobody experience and I'm still holding off on the auto paint and gun spray myself because of cost and time and labor. It's tricky, expensive, and time consuming.
It is astounding how easy it is to get a professional looking finish with a simple 4" foam roller. I mean this stuff was MADE for newbs.
Its water based.
It doesn't get a lot of love in the DIY crowds because its not very glamourous. If you want a finish that really shows off the speaker then its not the choice.
It would probably cover the knots but why not putty and sand or better yet spend a couple more dollars for something appearance grade?
That plywood has lots of voids and the knot issues you mention, IMO your better off getting Birch or MDF(Dusty). If you dont youll regret it later.
Our materials here are very limited and expensive, I will have to see what they have.... And hope for the best...
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