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    What kind of finish have you done that was cheap that you liked? Here is mine. Bed liner stuff.
    On the cheap diy. That is my motto - www.hifiposse.com

  • #2
    What brand of bedliner was this? It looks very good.

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    • #3
      Just cheap, or cheap and easy? For most I would assume the answer is Duratex, it's about the simplest thing to apply, similar to bed liner but doesn't stink. Tolex and other vinyl wraps can also be pretty easy to install, but might make a bit more work of the cabinet construction so it can be installed and the seams and folds hidden. In guitar amps you have a grill and metal corners to hide the seams.

      Maybe the easiest yet - I just bought some 3M Di-Noc faux wood vinyl. It is just peel and stick so super easy, but not cheap, but the nicest faux wood I've ever encountered.
      Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers, you get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers. Next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways it's still rock and roll to me!

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      • #4
        Ah good question. I am doing clear on my baltic birch bookshelf speakers but I may do a black baffle. I had wondered if a baffle like this, with a rough surface, offers any advantages when it comes to baffle diffraction. I am sure this has been answered ad nauseam so I did not pose the question. Your finish looks great.

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        • #5
          I made a couple boxes. Here is the same driver in I think birch. Was about $32 for 2' x4' piece. So I would not call it cheap. But it was the cheapest veneer. It was easy but took extra work
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kered View Post
            What brand of bedliner was this? It looks very good.

            I don't remember the brand. Next time I'm in the shop. Which will be later today as I just go some more drivers in. It is called splatter spray. It's actually a pretty find mist, but if you put it in the fridge and get a it a little cool you can get that effect. I've have been playing with temps and the stuff.

            1. sprayed with can of primer filler gray. $5 spray can (still have plenty left)
            2. spray with black satin found at ace hardware band $3 spray can (still have plenty left)
            3. because the splatter spray was expensive I just spray a bit on for the splatter efffectl.
            On the cheap diy. That is my motto - www.hifiposse.com

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            • #7
              cork. The dark colored course grain looks great. just have to make sure it doesn't dry out. Curious if cork flooring would work.
              cedar drawer liner. Has nice colors and patterns and it's cheap.

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              • #8
                A set of BAMTMs I built a few years back. I used flat black paint applied with a roller. Finished with a satin poly spray can.






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                • #9
                  I would vote for Duratex too, although I used the rattlecan "Stone" textured finish on some Quarks which turned out surprisingly well... about to do the same with a set of C-Notes.

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                  Ed Henderson

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hobbyhands View Post
                    What kind of finish have you done that was cheap that you liked? Here is mine. Bed liner stuff.
                    I've used the bed liner for car audio projects in the past, I found it to really collect dirt and dust with the texture. Then again I never did clear coat it. Very durable though.

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                    • #11
                      Hobbyhands, are those the new dayton pc83 speakers. Just ordered a couple for a bluetooth build.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jake View Post
                        Hobbyhands, are those the new dayton pc83 speakers. Just ordered a couple for a bluetooth build.

                        Yes. I they are great.
                        On the cheap diy. That is my motto - www.hifiposse.com

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                        • #13
                          Rustoleum rattle can black chalkboard paint, topped with 2-3 coats of VHT (headlight-lens) Tint rattle can spray paint.

                          As long as the prep-work is good, this was super-easy to do. Yields a very-black color with minimal sheen. I will be doing it again!
                          Wolf
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                            Rustoleum rattle can black chalkboard paint, topped with 2-3 coats of VHT (headlight-lens) Tint rattle can spray paint.

                            As long as the prep-work is good, this was super-easy to do. Yields a very-black color with minimal sheen. I will be doing it again!
                            Wolf
                            Dang I may try this for my baffle. So it looks flattish like the chalkboard but protected by the film?

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                            • #15
                              It actually does not look 'flat' like that of the chalkboard paint. It has a light sheen or shine, but it is not that reflective at all.
                              The baffle is more of a Duratex, but those came this way. I just stuffed drivers in the existing holes.

                              Since the base coat is flat and unreflective, and the top-coat is translucent and tinted black, it just looks black-hole black.

                              It's the closest I've been able to get to the older finish I did with the Krylon Crystal-Color Slate Black atop the Chalkboard paint. Both of these are great black finishes, but the VHT tint does a better job. It seems to be steadfast in adhesion, and has not flaked off.

                              Later,
                              Wolf
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                              "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
                              "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
                              "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

                              *InDIYana event website*

                              Photobucket pages:
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