Alright, I just finished building my box for my subs, but it's currently just raw MDF. I couldn't help putting it in and hearing it
Anyways, I've got a few questions about putting the finishing touches on the box to make it worthy to look at as well as hear it.
First question is, when painting the port or raw MDF in general, how many coats of primer and actual paint do I need? I've heard MDF just soaks up the paint like a sponge and the wood texture shows through. I want the port to look nice and smooth.
Second question... where the hell can I get enclosure carpeting. You know, the typical blackish/gray felt textured sorta stuff. I can't find it anywhere, yet 90% of boxes are covered with it.
Another question I have is for the wiring to the subs. I've got a set of of terminal cups laying around, but honestly, I can barely fit my speaker wire from the amp into the terminal sockets. On top of that, the little itty bitty terminals on the inside of the box only allow for some really thin wire. I was told by a few people to simply drill a hole in the back of the box and run the thick gauge wire directly into the box and into the subs. Makes sense to me I guess. It's easier, its a bigger wire, and less connections. Then they said to just fill the gaps around the wire with silicone. Any suggestions for this? It sounds like a good idea imo. No air leaks like most terminal cups with the benefit of a fatter wire.
Last question and I'll stop rambling.
In it's current state, all the corners in the port are are 90 degree sharp angles. I was thinking about getting my buddies 3/4" roundover bit and routing the corners and making them nice and smooth and hopefully reduce a bit of air turbulence and give a nice smooth exit for the port face on the box. The problem is... even though I countersunk the screws, they still would be clipped by the router bit if I were to try and round over the corners. I'm assuming a router bit spinning fast and coming into contact with a screw head would not be good, any suggestions here?
Thanks for putting up with my long wall of text