You are not logged in. [Log In]


Forums » General Discussion » Advice from Axiom Owners » Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#421369 - 12/09/16 03:48 PM Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers
jmone Offline
devotee

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 309
Loc: Sydney Australia
I've received my Paintable Speakers but just want to check if there is any recomendations on how to do this with the:
- White Primed MDF based M80s
- Raw Plastic M3 In Wall

Also can you paint the Grill Cloths? I've seen some posts around saying to use with a watered down mix that is either dabbed on by sponge or airbrushed on (with a can of air to unblock any bits if needed).

Thanks
nathan
_________________________
HT:M80,VP150,QS8,EP500 Outside:4xM3 Office:AudioBytes, Rumpus: M60,VP150,M22 Portable:2 x Airs

Top
#421400 - 12/11/16 10:08 AM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: jmone]
Ian Offline
President
connoisseur

Registered: 03/13/01
Posts: 1178
Hi Nathan,

Debbie and Jamie did figure out how to paint the grille cloth without changing its acoustical transparency (we checked in the chamber). I will ask them to send you the detail on how they did it.
_________________________
Ian Colquhoun
President & Chief Engineer

Top
#421411 - 12/11/16 02:33 PM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: Ian]
jmone Offline
devotee

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 309
Loc: Sydney Australia
Thanks!
_________________________
HT:M80,VP150,QS8,EP500 Outside:4xM3 Office:AudioBytes, Rumpus: M60,VP150,M22 Portable:2 x Airs

Top
#421419 - 12/11/16 05:53 PM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: jmone]
nickbuol Offline
axiomite

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5329
Loc: Marion, IA
I painted 4 of the paintable on-wall M3s just this past spring. If you look at my theater build thread and go towards the end, I start talking about it, and show several pictures as I went through the process.

Nick's v4 Build Thread

Go to post #417781 which was on 03/16/2016 for my first talk about it.

Looking back, it worked out great, however I was trying to match my ceiling's flat paint, which is prone to scratching for the first several days.

If I wasn't trying to match my ceiling color, I would have gone with a satin enamel paint maybe. Something with a hardener in it, a little more sheen to the look, etc. It would be a lot more durable.

I used a HVLP sprayer, which was easy to use and gave a great even coat. I went for an ever so slight texture, but a little Floetrol in the paint would yield a smooth finish.

I can't speak to the ability to paint the cloth grills though, as I left mine black...

Before:



After (and mounted):



I wish that I had more close ups of the finished product, but these were snagged from my post.

Here is a close up of one of the backs showing the super fine texture that I wanting.
_________________________
http://ht.buol.us
2-M60s, VP180, 8-M3s, SVS 20-39PCi, DIY Sub, 8-Shakers, JVC RS45, Anthem MRX-1120

Top
#421420 - 12/11/16 06:30 PM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: jmone]
jmone Offline
devotee

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 309
Loc: Sydney Australia
Looks great and thanks for responding. Couple of Q:
1) Did you paint straight on the "paintable white" surface
2) Did you remove the drivers, etc prior to painting (or mask them?

Thanks
Nathan
_________________________
HT:M80,VP150,QS8,EP500 Outside:4xM3 Office:AudioBytes, Rumpus: M60,VP150,M22 Portable:2 x Airs

Top
#421436 - 12/12/16 02:19 PM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: jmone]
nickbuol Offline
axiomite

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5329
Loc: Marion, IA
If you click on the link that I had in my response(I called th e link "Nick's v4 Build Thread"), then just move forward through the topic and just look for the pictures. The link will take you right to where I ordered by paintable speakers, so you don't have to search hard.

But yes, I just did a super light sanding of the white primer, and then painted right onto it. I did remove the drivers and everything. I even have pictures in the topic showing some of this.
_________________________
http://ht.buol.us
2-M60s, VP180, 8-M3s, SVS 20-39PCi, DIY Sub, 8-Shakers, JVC RS45, Anthem MRX-1120

Top
#421439 - 12/12/16 03:20 PM Re: Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers [Re: jmone]
jmone Offline
devotee

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 309
Loc: Sydney Australia
Thanks - Read through. Lots of good info and I hope mine will work out the same!
_________________________
HT:M80,VP150,QS8,EP500 Outside:4xM3 Office:AudioBytes, Rumpus: M60,VP150,M22 Portable:2 x Airs

Top

Moderator:  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 
Forum Stats

15,261 Registered Members
16 Forums
24,055 Topics
424,827 Posts

Most users ever online:
883 @ 03/04/17 05:06 PM

Top Posters
Ken.C 18044
pmbuko 16437
SirQuack 13576
CV 11681
MarkSJohnson 11444
2 registered (Gr8_White_North, MatManhasgone)
38 Guests and
3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newsletter Signup