How to Paint Speaker Grilles
Congratulations on your new Axiom speakers! If you're wondering how to paint speaker grilles, this is the place to find out!
Painting speaker grilles allows you to virtually hide speakers in plain sight. Our in-wall, on-wall or in-wall/on-wall hybrid speakers all blend seamlessly into your decor when you paint them to match walls, cabinets or other elements in the room.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Separate the grille, logo and frame. (click to enlarge images)
Step 2: Prime and paint the frame first; set aside to dry. You can use a brush for the frame.
Next, prime and paint the grille, using a paint sprayer to avoid paint build up in the grille holes.
If you prefer to use a paint roller, ensure it is a foam roller and get as much of the paint off the roller as possible before applying it to the grille and frame. Three thin coats produce a much nicer finish than one thick coat.
Step 3: Allow to dry at least three hours, and preferably overnight.
Step 4: When dry, carefully insert the frame into the mesh grille, taking care not to scratch.
Step 5: Affix your Axiom logo, attach the grille to the speakers, and put on your favorite tunes. You're done!
Not handy? Or prefer a softer look? In addition to our paintable speaker grilles, we offer six grille cloth colors through our Custom Shop. You can choose from white, black, charcoal, tan, gold, or burnt sienna cloth to match your home.
About the Author
Alan Lofft was, for 13 years, Editor in Chief of Sound & Vision, Canada's largest and most respected audio/video magazine. He edited Sound & Vision (Canada) until 1996, when he moved from Toronto to New York to become Senior Editor at Audio magazine.
Lofft has been writing about hi-fi and video professionally for over 20 years, ever since his first syndicated newspaper column, "Sound Advice", began appearing weekly in The Toronto Star, Canada's largest-circulation daily newspaper. In the late 1970s, he became a contributing editor, columnist, and equipment reviewer at AudioScene Canada, the leading national consumer electronics magazine at the time.
He also wrote on consumer electronics for Maclean's magazine and made occasional appearances on TV on "Canada AM," the national CTV morning show, and on June Callwood's national afternoon TV talk show.
In 1983, he was appointed editor of Sound Canada magazine, which he relaunched in 1985 as Sound & Vision, incorporating video content and reviews as well as hi-fi and audio features. He also became a contributing editor to Stereo Review in New York, and an audio columnist for Music Express, a Canadian rock magazine.
An audio and electronics enthusiast from childhood, Alan began building vacuum-tube hi-fi gear for his father, who was an audiophile in the 1950s. Lofft's passion for audio continued through college, during which time he hosted and produced "On Campus", a radio show taped on location (on a portable Ampex 650 open-reel recorder) at Wilfrid Laurier University and broadcast locally in Kitchener, Ontario.