Originally Posted by hometheaterdoc
Black anodizing with appropriate finish is not the same (to me) as my spray painting skills and putting actual paint on the plugs.
I can appreciate that. Each has a different level of expectation.
Am I concerned about ever running enough power through them that heat would be an issue with a painted plug since the plug is part of the "heatsinking" for the motor? No...
That's good as if the motor gets hot enough to cause an issue with the paint, you have much bigger problems to worry about than the phase plug.
Am I concerned that the hand force needed to tighten down a plug after painting it would mean flaking of the paint? Sure
You shouldn't be. A properly prepped surface won't scratch any easier (within reason) than other finishes. If you have paint falling off from hand tightening your phase plug you must have covered it in vaseline before painting it.
Am I concerned that my paint job won't look anywhere near as nice as an anodized plug properly finished at the factory? Sure
Again, you shouldn't be. If you can build a decent looking box, you sure as heck can apply a professional looking painted finish.
If I ever decided to sell the woofers down the road, would factory black anodized plugs have better resale value than my own painting exploits? Sure
If you decide to sell them down the road, I won't offer you less for the painted plugs.
Different people will make different choices for themselves. My preference is to get it "right" from the factory rather than take on that DIY aspect of things myself. Not saying my way is the only way or the only true "right" way to get the desired results at all, though....
Can't argue with those sentiments.