Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Brillion, Wisconsin USA
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Quick update on this...
Well, did some work on my speakers with a bit of Acetone (fingernail polish remover / paint stripper) and found the old NEXTEL coating comes off almost too easily. And makes one heck of a mess in the process. I thought the speakers might be in an aluminum housing based on how they looked where the NEXTEL coating had been removed before (in very small area at first), but it turns out that is just a thick layer of light grey primer over dense wood fiberboard. (MDF)
Being that these are wood (ish) speakers, I'm just going with the strip, lightly sand, then prime & repaint route. I'd hoped that I might be able to disassemble everything in order to remove the screens before painting, but it looks like everything is glued solid. So I'll have to do some careful masking. Hope to get this done over the holiday break. I'll update with a couple of pictures of the results.
The good news is that the speakers still sound great. The amp itself really seems to be missing some BASIC features. (Like no auto programming of radio station presets, etc.) But the tonal quality (at least to my 50+ year old ears) is impressive for the price I paid. SO happy to be watching NetFlix, etc. and using something 100X better than the TV speakers.