NOT GOOD!!! My project is turning in to THE HULK!!!
So crazy how it looks amazing after sanding, then turns SUPER GREEN (left speaker) the moment it gets a clear coat. (or gets wet, I tried two different clear coat brands, same issue.)
Will "pickled oak wash" do the trick or is there another trick so I don't have to wait for another order to come in!?
1. Installed self stick sound deadening material to aluminum as suggested by Michael. (I used Noico)
2. The iron trick Michael suggested actually worked for the minor dents, thanks for the tip!
3. I used 4 total aluminum rods salvaged from an outdoor LED project to brace the center of the aluminum.
4. As Michael suggested, I used PL3 to secure the aluminum to the wood. OMG this was a REAL PITA, I used 60 grit on the aluminum and wood but it was near impossible to keep the aluminum from slipping all over the place. I felt half special, releasing four clamps, re-clamping, using a wood block and a hammer to get it back where I wanted etc. I am surprised the glue didn't set.. holy cow. Next time I need a plan to keep the aluminum from moving.
5. I screwed extra fasteners into wood to plug the extra holes and squirted extra PL3 anywhere I felt there might be semblance of a leak.
I am fairly sure I would have failed by now without support from this forum and particularly you Michael Hurd, so thank you all that you do and for donating your time to help us new guys in the audio realm my friend. Your knowledge in this field seems to know no bounds! In that spirit, I have recently started taking photos for local fundraiser charity events so I can "give back" too. I am on my eighth event so it looks like I am actually following through as an unconditional volunteer for once in my life. Feels good. Cheers all.
PS I can't forget Smcmillan2 for all the laminate and woodworking trucks of the trade as well. Thank you too!