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djvi0lent
06-06-2008, 06:11 PM
Hey guys, I need opinions on making a box look good without carpeting it. Please list things you've used, or seen used whether it be paint/stain, or whatever. I figure I could search and find my answer but I don't have the time atm. Anyways, please help me out and list pictures if possible.



-djv

dpom
06-07-2008, 12:05 AM
i guess it would all be based on personal opinion.

PV Audio
06-07-2008, 12:07 AM
Are you looking for directions on how to paint, or what finish to use? No one can help you with the latter as it's obviously a personal choice.

revrider1
06-07-2008, 12:07 AM
I always paint mine, just put some Kilz on it first or u will use lots o paint on it...

01 S 10
06-07-2008, 12:08 AM
shag:clap:

fasfocus00
06-07-2008, 12:10 AM
get it sprayed by a bed liner shop. than get some auto paint to match the vehicle and paint the box. the texture of the bed liner spray looks good. if you don't want to fork out the 50 bux for a bed liner shop to spray it, Home Depot and Lowe's carry a hammered spray paint that'll have a similar appearance.

cshaw
06-07-2008, 12:24 AM
to poster who said shag carpet, is there a site specificly to get it? been looking for a long *** time. would appreciate a link if ya have it?

using birch if you want to go with the stained route is nice. just remember to counter sink everything and dont use anything under 120 grit sandpaper. i used minwax as stain and poly urethane clear coat. easily obtained from lowes or home depot. both together under 10 bucks! i was happy after 2 coats of stain, then like 3-4 coats of clear giving each coat ample time to dry. check out my pics for reference if you'd like.

revrider1
06-07-2008, 12:25 AM
I did a few boxes in Birch, beautiful wood and looks great stained...

sqhertz
06-07-2008, 12:30 AM
i love the look of hammered paints.

revrider1
06-07-2008, 12:32 AM
Spakle paints are nice also...

Krylon make a paint, nice one.... I cant recall

fbi90909
06-07-2008, 12:33 AM
i painted my current box with bbq flat black spray paint.
shits raw.

sqhertz
06-07-2008, 12:34 AM
i painted my current box with bbq flat black spray paint.
shits raw.

shits good up to 800* f.

revrider1
06-07-2008, 12:34 AM
Lol, but will the subs last to 800 degrees?

miker
06-07-2008, 01:07 AM
I like high gloss paints..

djvi0lent
06-07-2008, 07:21 AM
Are you looking for directions on how to paint, or what finish to use? No one can help you with the latter as it's obviously a personal choice.



I know how to paint, I just want ideas on what works good with mdf.

To everyone else, thanks for the ideas, keep'em coming. Pics would be great also!

mlstrass
06-07-2008, 09:53 AM
Fleckstone paint and stained birch on this one:

http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/5494/1001972mb0.jpg

Lay down a MANY coats of primer on the edges as it will soak up the paint. I also bondo the seams and sand them smooth. Hammertone and Fleckstone are more forgiving since they're textured.

Silver base/transparent purple/clear coat for the port:

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5933/1002006dx3.jpg

bk all day
06-07-2008, 06:18 PM
nice job on that birch anybody else got more painted boxes I'm liking this

aussiek2000
06-07-2008, 06:23 PM
i just used flat black on my box

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r39/aussiek2000/car%20stereo/DSCF0622.jpg

cshaw
06-07-2008, 06:37 PM
heres some pics of what i was talking about.

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=7481128&albumID=878379&imageID=36250294

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=7481128&albumID=878379&imageID=36250283

mlstrass
06-07-2008, 06:47 PM
Here's a few more stained ones. Blue one only lasted a few weeks as I went to 2 subs...

http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8550/1001439vs2.jpg

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/8486/1001381ri8.jpg

Trell
06-07-2008, 06:51 PM
Hey cshaw, it says that your profile is marked as private...

cshaw
06-07-2008, 07:13 PM
my laptop is getting fixed right now, better pics on that. i forgot about the privateness, **** spam, its fixed.

that blue stain is wild, looks great.

Trell
06-07-2008, 07:18 PM
That birch is hella ****...think I just figured option 1 for my Mag box! lol

86yota
06-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Fleckstone paint and stained birch on this one:

http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/5494/1001972mb0.jpg

Lay down a MANY coats of primer on the edges as it will soak up the paint. I also bondo the seams and sand them smooth. Hammertone and Fleckstone are more forgiving since they're textured.

Silver base/transparent purple/clear coat for the port:

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5933/1002006dx3.jpg

Could you please put up some type of tutorial on how you got the port to look this good? Was that MDF you painted or birch? I would love to do my ports like that on my new box Im building, and need to know ASAP how you did it!!!

dbaudio
06-11-2008, 05:00 PM
You could use a product called DuraTex or Tolex. It's the textured paint found on Pro Sound speaker cabinets. DuraTex is a bit more rough than Tolex, so it depends on what you're looking for.

Does anybody have pics of cabinets covered in bed liner? I'm in the process of doing a friend's install and I really don't want to spend too much time carpeting it properly. I was thinking of using the Bed Liner kit Duplicolor has at Walmart. Opinions?

Buck
06-11-2008, 05:10 PM
just use some color spray paint. make sure it doesnt run. its cheap to do that

wong05tsx
06-11-2008, 08:29 PM
Has anyone used vinyl? I'm not sure if it sticks to wood..

Building a new box soon for 2 10" icons, thinking about vinyl/paint the front, and carpet the rest

PV Audio
06-12-2008, 01:50 AM
The way to a seamless finish is to overlap with filler on all joints. Sand it down smooth with 150 then 220 grit. If you can feel ANYTHING, and I mean even if you think you can feel it, it'll show. Seal with thin coats of resin. Sand that down with 220, then 320. Primer using either auto primer, or a quick dry primer like Rust-oleum professional primer. Do not sand the primer (if it's that bumpy, you ****ed something up), rather wetsand it with either 800 or 1000 grit. 800 if you plan on putting down another coat of primer, 1000 if you want to get into the top coat immediately. Spray your top coat, about 6 coats per side. At this point, it should look pretty ****in good, almost like a car. To get it better, wetsand the top coat with something like 1500 or 2000 grit. Then, it'll actually look like a mirror when you top it again because there's no orange peel left. Polish it up with a good polish (menzerna fine cut with a white pad works well for the detailing crew, turtle wax polishing compound works for everyone else). Top it with a good carnauba if for home audio, or a synthetic sealant for car audio.