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    Tips for finishing touches on box

    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?

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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    primer the port then paint whatever color with about 4-5 coats. but you already finished the box have fun with that. also for carpet go here
    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=260-765




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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    www.yourautotrim.com has box carpet as well as many other fabrics that you can wrap your box with



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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    Quote Originally Posted by d_man1 View Post
    primer the port then paint whatever color with about 4-5 coats. but you already finished the box have fun with that. also for carpet go here
    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=260-765
    Everything on the box is glued, screwed, and sealed except for the top. I purposely didn't epoxy that in place yet so I could remove it. It's just screwed in place so that I could take it back off, paint the port, and then glue it, screw it back down, and let it cure for good.

    As for the carpet, do you know of any major stores that carry it? I was hoping to not have to go online and actually order it. I've checked fabric stores and even car electronic stores and neither had it.



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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    In my area I know that joblot caries it a,d I think that micheals craft store carries it but not sure



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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    Quote Originally Posted by DB-Audio View Post
    In my area I know that joblot caries it a,d I think that micheals craft store carries it but not sure
    Hmmm, theres a Michael's by me, I'll definitely have to check there. Whats the most common adhesive? Contact cement right? Also, I don't have a compressor/spray gun to use. Can I just get the can of it and paint/roll it on, or would that soak into the carpet too much?



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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    use 3m spray adhesive.... at least the super 77



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    if u need a box...I'l taked 3 years of shop class so i know what im doing.

    after i explained to him there's more to a proper box than boards and glue and he should practice before trying to sell boxes to others

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    yes personaly if it was some one elce that just starting making boxes but i'v taken shop for 3 years now...Making a lil box is nothing i don't need to pratice on a box to get it right i learned alot of stuff from 1 box and i can fix that in my next box
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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    Quote Originally Posted by bonesninja View Post
    use 3m spray adhesive.... at least the super 77
    The 3M spray adhesive stuff. Does that come in an aerosol can? Like I said earlier, I don't have access to an air compressor and spray gun. And what's super 77?



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    Re: Tips for finishing touches on box

    Quote Originally Posted by DNick454 View Post
    The 3M spray adhesive stuff. Does that come in an aerosol can? Like I said earlier, I don't have access to an air compressor and spray gun. And what's super 77?
    yes it does

    you can also get carpeting at shucks/other auto stores like that, but the selection *****. The shucks here either has tan or black, but only one of each (so you either get tan or black when you go, depending on their stock)



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