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Fusion 8's Flocked and Ready

I recently finished up a pair of Quarks and flocked the baffles. I got the idea from @popalock and ran with it. www.flockit.com is where I got the nylon suede-tex kit. Flocking is the same stuff they use to line jewelry boxes. This stuff is more durable and designed to be more rugged. So I bought a set (4) of Fusion8's from another member of the forum a while ago. I decided I wanted to rebuild the boxes with the flatpacks so I messaged Erich and he kindly sold me a set of flatpacks. I goes them up and painted them black and today I flocked the baffles.



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This weekend I'll use the vacuum to suck away the flocking that didn't stick (says to let dry for 15hours) and will hopefully get the binding posts, crossovers and driver's installed. The boxes are lined with 1" sonic barrier.
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Are these the same ones brought to Mikes? They sounded really really good. The flocking is really cool to.


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Are these the same ones brought to Mikes? They sounded really really good. The flocking is really cool to.


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Yes, thanks! These (above) flocked and painted are the new boxes with sonic barrier. These (below) are pics of the old boxes. Old boxes lined with pink fluffy r13. Thanks again for the screen. Hoping to put it together in the next couple weeks and order up the Optoma gt1080 darbee.

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Fusion 8's Flocked and Ready

Very nice Pete those Flocked boxes look nice. I’ll check out the link you posted. Was it easy to do or did you experience any problems during the process where you were like flock it. I still can’t believe the sound out of those fusion 8’s with the magnums they sounded so good at my house.
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Very nice Pete those Flocked boxes look nice. I’ll check out the link you posted. Was it easy to do or did you experience any problems during the process where you were like flock it. I still can’t believe the sound out of those fusion 8’s with the magnums they sounded so good at my house.
Haha, it is pretty flocking easy to do. I liked the sound too. Brians 1099's were also very good sounding as well as the htms. Once I get the screen up and the PJ I'm going to redo my sealed 18's into something like 13cuft 13hz subs and THEN I am considering turning these fusion 8's into three ways with the magnums. Per Jeff Bagby's paper and advice, it would work pretty well.

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One done. I'm really happy with the way it looks. I think there woofer could use a grill cover but these are going to go behind my new (to me) Silver Ticket 120" 16:9 AT screen once I figure out how I'm going to hang it. That's another thread.

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Talk about all the cool new stuff you get introduced through DIY projects! These are cool!


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Looks great buddy! Only draw back to the process is how messy it can be. From what I have seen thus far, this flocking material appears to be top notch in the light absorption department.
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Looks great buddy! Only draw back to the process is how messy it can be. From what I have seen thus far, this flocking material appears to be top notch in the light absorption department.
Thanks! I'm going to find out soon. Hope to have my screen up this weekend.


This reminds me to add some advice for those that are going to try this. I'd advise that you roll on more glue than you think you should and seal the wood or mdf with a coat of primer or paint or whatever you have before beginning. If it's not sealed it'll soak up the glue and you'll have spots where it'll easily rub off. If you don't put enough glue it'll have areas that aren't as plush looking. Overall the material will get marred if you impact it hard enough, but seems to be durable enough but nothing like duratex.

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From what I have seen thus far, this flocking material appears to be top notch in the light absorption department.
And that is exactly why it spawned memories of this stuff someone mentioned on one of the threads a while back. Now, this is more of a comment on making stuff disappear and make the screen pop in the theater intentionally, I'm using this felt tape for the task. However, I could easily understand the advantages for using a flocked coating on L/C/Rs behind an acoustically transparent screen. I will add that I think I like this finish over a piano black any day.
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Rustoleum makes a really nice matte finish black spray paint you can use on the waveguides. If you need a picture of the can, just let me know.

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Rustoleum makes a really nice matte finish black spray paint you can use on the waveguides. If you need a picture of the can, just let me know.
Very nice build!I think I'll stick with Duratex(so easy, and I have quite a bit left)

I'd like to see a picture Erich.That's about the only thing I don't like about my Fusion 8 center.
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This is the best spray paint I've found for the waveguides:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...9127/202246266


The only issue is that it will show marks fairly easy if you rub on it. But I'm going to experiment with some matte clear coat to see if that helps but keeps it from being shiny.

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@Erich H , would it be possible to carefully use something like fine steel wool to get a good matte finish on a gloss waveguide? Unlike flat black paint or matte clear coat you wouldn't have to worry about rub marks by doing it that way. If you have an out-of-spec waveguide to experiment on it would be interesting to know how good a job a mild abrasive could do on turning gloss into matte.
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@Erich H , would it be possible to carefully use something like fine steel wool to get a good matte finish on a gloss waveguide? Unlike flat black paint or matte clear coat you wouldn't have to worry about rub marks by doing it that way. If you have an out-of-spec waveguide to experiment on it would be interesting to know how good a job a mild abrasive could do on turning gloss into matte.
Good idea, I have some 0000 steel wool but am afraid to try it on the wave guide. I kinda like the look as is. If it reflects a bunch once I get my screen up, I would try it.

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This is the best spray paint I've found for the waveguides:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...9127/202246266


The only issue is that it will show marks fairly easy if you rub on it. But I'm going to experiment with some matte clear coat to see if that helps but keeps it from being shiny.
Thanks Erich!

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This is the best spray paint I've found for the waveguides:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...9127/202246266


The only issue is that it will show marks fairly easy if you rub on it. But I'm going to experiment with some matte clear coat to see if that helps but keeps it from being shiny.
Thanks Erich! I shouldn't have to rub it much, just dust it occasionally.
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