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cloak559 
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 5:35 PM / IP Logged  
Other than fabric (i.e. Carpet, Suede, Vinyl)...What are some ways to finish off a box. Ive heard of using spray on bedliner, but dont know the cost or looks of this...Basically what Im asking is what would be a decent looking cost effective way to cover my new box?...Its going to be a pretty big enclosure and I dont want to go through the hassles of vinyl, yet I hate the look of carpet...
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 6:07 PM / IP Logged  

Try Rustoleum textured black spray paint.  It's $6 and some change per can and you'll need at least 4 coats, but it makes an easy, good-looking finish.  I painted my home speakers with it.  And on MDF, especially edges, you'll need to first apply a few coats of primer.  Sanding between finishes is not required with this paint.

If you used PVC for ports and they're still white on the inside, try this:  place the nozzle of your shop vac near one end of the port tube and spray flat black paint 12" from the other end.  The spray will flow through the tube and paint it black without drips.

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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 6:18 PM / IP Logged  
Oooohhh...I like that suggestion for the port. That would be good if you want the fluted ports to be a different color other than black.
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cloak559 
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 6:22 PM / IP Logged  
Yeah thats a pretty ingenious idea. I'd use it if I wasn't doing a slot port. I do really like the idea of textured paint though. Should be fairly simple to do and wont cost much at all...Thanks for the help Stevdart...
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Pioneer DEH-5900UB
(2)RE Audio SX 10"s
(1)US Amps MD3D
3ft^3 @ 37Hz
Blowing up in a car accident doesnt worry me, as long as I'm putting out some major dB's when I die...
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 7:49 PM / IP Logged  
Glad to help.  I'm sure you'll like using it, and it can be found in any hardware store.  Remember to prime the edges of the MDF over and over, because if you don't seal them they'll show up through the paint.
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 8:56 PM / IP Logged  
A lot of times guys forget about painting the slot port before assembling and glueing the box.  Then they're stuck with having to do something about that bare wood showing through a 2" slot.  You can paint the inside of a slot port the same way when the box is already assembled.  Put the vac hose through the speaker cutout.  But also mask off the front face baffle because it will get all the wet messy paint.
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jettagli03 
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 9:33 PM / IP Logged  
You emphasized priming the edges of the MDF...
"over and over, because if you don't seal them they'll show up through the paint."
I may sound stupid but I do want to understand what exactly you mean by this.. if you could somehow expand/describe what you mean by thisEnclosure Covering -- posted image.
cloak559 
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 10:02 PM / IP Logged  
I believe hes talking about your lines, where two pieces meet. If theres a line when you prime it, there will be a line when you cover it...Thats what I got from it, but I could be wrong...
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Pioneer DEH-5900UB
(2)RE Audio SX 10"s
(1)US Amps MD3D
3ft^3 @ 37Hz
Blowing up in a car accident doesnt worry me, as long as I'm putting out some major dB's when I die...
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 10:15 PM / IP Logged  

Okay, this is from experience.  The MDF has two types of surfaces:  the ultra-smooth flat side and the edge.  The edge of a 3/4" sheet of MDF is the 3/4" part of it.  It is porous, and soaks up paint.  If this edge is not sealed to the degree that the flat surfaces are sealed, the difference will show when paint is applied.  Instead of a blemish-free result, you would see the unfinished edges of the MDF through the paint.

Enclosure Covering -- posted image.

Look at the left side.  You can see the edge of the MDF because I didn't get it sealed well enough.  It's tough to see with a cheap camera and a few kilobytes, but you should still be able to discern a line running down along the left side.  That shows how the paint "took" differently on the edge compared to the finished side.  Some of that is also glue that was sanded down.  The point, though, is that any irregular surface (MDF edge or glue residue) has to be treated with a sealer, or primed more, than the majority of the enclosure.

Build the box so that it performs well in the worst case scenario and, in return, it will reward you at all times.
cloak559 
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Posted: September 29, 2006 at 10:23 PM / IP Logged  
Okay thats what I thought you meant at first, but then I thought you would have said "End" and not "Edge"...but I got yah now...good stuff...
Hey Stev, would rounding the corners on a 1" Thick MDF box have any negative effects? Specifically when it comes to overall strength of the box...
'89 Mercedes-Benz 300E
Pioneer DEH-5900UB
(2)RE Audio SX 10"s
(1)US Amps MD3D
3ft^3 @ 37Hz
Blowing up in a car accident doesnt worry me, as long as I'm putting out some major dB's when I die...
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