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#322626 - 09/15/10 02:18 PM Refinishing speakers a new colour
kordeo Offline
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Just throwing this out there, I haven't done any research.

Is it a possibility that speakers could be restained? I'm looking at buying a pair of immaculate m80's, boston cherry. However, my fiance says black would look better in our house and I agree. Of course, I'll wait to see them in our house to do anything too stupid
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#322629 - 09/15/10 02:35 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: kordeo]
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Well, it wouldn't be refinishing, but you could paint them. On the vinyl wrap speakers, the vinyl is a core component of the speaker itself; take the vinyl off, and you'll be left with about 6 pieces of MDF lying on your floor.
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#322634 - 09/15/10 02:55 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: Ken.C]
Adrian Offline
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Well, there's a little bit of glue in the corners too whistle . The mdf comes with the vinyl already attached, at least where the reg vinyl is concerned.
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#322635 - 09/15/10 03:00 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: Adrian]
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Well, fine, yeah...
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#322680 - 09/15/10 04:02 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: Ken.C]
RickF Offline
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Look at Adrian, acting big shot and like he knows it all ... like he's *personally* seen the factory firsthand or something.

I'll be.
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#322684 - 09/15/10 04:17 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: RickF]
Adrian Offline
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I just didn't think we could stick with Ken's explanation.
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#322686 - 09/15/10 04:20 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: Adrian]
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laugh
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#322688 - 09/15/10 04:24 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: Adrian]
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MichaelD did a retrofit to his sub with some nice wood veneer and I know if you use a heat gun you can peel the vinyl off the MDF and then it can be sanded and painted without the vinyl wood grain showing through for a real smooth finish. And then of course you can get some plastic paint and just paint right over the vinyl.
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#322695 - 09/15/10 05:32 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: jakewash]
GregLee Offline
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Plastic paint? What's that? I have light maple vinyl speakers whose color I really don't care for. I'm thinking of painting them (not refinishing) -- just, like, masking off the cones and other parts that aren't vinyl, and spraying them. I have a spray can of flat black "Touch 'n tone" paint (can says toluene, acetone, and xylene) that I used on some make-shift speaker stands; it worked great on a sort of rubberized surface. But maybe semi-gloss black would look better?

I know little about paint. Any hints or suggestions would be welcome.

I don't like my tan grills, either. But since I tried RIT black dye on some other grilles that soon turned brown and ugly, I'm not optimistic about blackening my grills. Probably I'll just leave the grills off.
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#322704 - 09/15/10 06:02 PM Re: Refinishing speakers a new colour [Re: GregLee]
Adrian Offline
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If your going to try this, Greg, I'd flip the speaker upside down, tape the sides off on the speaker to prevent overspray, and just paint the bottom to see how it looks before committing to the complete job. You may be able to find some alternate speaker fabric from a fabric supplier, or order some through Parts Express, Madisound, Meniscus Audio ect.
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