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Advice on Painting the Paintable Speakers
#421369 12/09/16 08:48 PM
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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).

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jmone #421400 12/11/16 03:08 PM
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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.


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Ian #421411 12/11/16 07:33 PM
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Thanks!


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jmone #421419 12/11/16 10:53 PM
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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.


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jmone #421420 12/11/16 11:30 PM
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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?

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Nathan


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jmone #421436 12/12/16 07:19 PM
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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.


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jmone #421439 12/12/16 08:20 PM
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Thanks - Read through. Lots of good info and I hope mine will work out the same!


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