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#427980 - 12/29/17 08:16 PM Painting M3Ti's
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So, I picked up a pair of M3s, in maple, and a Monoprice 25wpc hybrid tube amp as a present for a friend who needs a sound system (although he did not realize it at the time).

He hated the way the M3s looked in maple. He dropped by and saw my M22s in white (custom Axiom finish). He likes the M22s in white and wants his M3s in white as well.

So, I need some advice as to how to paint the maple M3s - white. I was thinking, remove the driver and tweeter, rub the cabinet down with denatured alcohol, and spraying with some mat white paint.

Or, painting them with finish remover, then cleaning them with denatured alcohol, and then spray paint.

Any thoughts?

Correction: They are M3V2s


Edited by 2x6spds (12/29/17 08:44 PM)
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#427981 - 12/29/17 08:23 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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Paint them? Are you kidding?Trade them in for white, dude. While you're at it, if you love your friend, gift him M5HPs.

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#427982 - 12/29/17 08:42 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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I love him, but, uh, uh, I think he will be very happy with the M3s. (OK, craigslist ... I paid $100 for 3 M3Tis.) I want them to look good though.

It's a project
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#427983 - 12/29/17 08:58 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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If the speakers are clear coated you can scuff them with a scotchbrite or 400 grit wet /dry so they look dull all over and then spray them with some white paint. If they are raw wood with oil they will need a sealer applied or the paint wont stick. Be careful spraying around the holes, doesnt take much paint to make it hard to get the speakers back in.
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#427984 - 12/29/17 09:02 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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Sanding, priming, painting,...that's a lot of work when you could be listening to music.

He should just be happy you gave him a system. Isn't he asking for a lot? You need a new friend...LOL!

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#427986 - 12/29/17 09:04 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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Listen to Socketman. He's painted a ton of stuff. He's a painter that one. A carpenter too. You'll phuk them up so bad and then Ian won't even want them.

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#427990 - 12/29/17 10:13 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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Yeah sure! I will be listening to music while I am sanding, priming and painting! They will be beautiful!

I'm going to listen to Socketman! He definitely da man.

Thank you all.


Edited by 2x6spds (12/29/17 10:14 PM)
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#428012 - 12/31/17 07:16 AM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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Are these a vinyl or real wood finish? It will make a big difference in your painting options.
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#428014 - 12/31/17 09:54 AM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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I think that Ian has the most accurate question. Trying to paint anything over a vinyl covering is just a lead-in to disaster.

But I have had success using some of the epoxy paint over plastics so its not to say it cannot be done
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#428033 - 12/31/17 03:09 PM Re: Painting M3Ti's [Re: 2x6spds]
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FWIW , i sprayed dupont urethane spot clear over the vinyl on my VP100 a few years back. A good cleaning with gun wash and the clear adhered just fine. It would have been a good base for a color coat if i chose to go that route. In the end i just had to have real wood, everytime i looked up at the center channel i knew it wasnt real wood and all the others were, god damn OCD ne way.
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