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    Speaker Basket Refinishing?

    I need to restore the outside face and edges of my LE14H-1's. Is there a known paint that matches the original? From what I can tell its like a satin black type paint. I would like to get something that won't fill in the brushed aluminum texture that shows through the paint slightly..i.e..keep them looking as original as possible.

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    A large manufacturer like JBL doesn’t use DIY store products, they use industrial coatings so getting the “exact” product is unlikely. That said, there are numerous products available that you can get that can closely approximate them.

    From your description, I am confused at your request. Can you post a photo and point to the specific areas you are referring to?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    A large manufacturer like JBL doesn’t use DIY store products, they use industrial coatings so getting the “exact” product is unlikely. That said, there are numerous products available that you can get that can closely approximate them.

    From your description, I am confused at your request. Can you post a photo and point to the specific areas you are referring to?


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    Yeah I understand I wont get exactly the same thing JBL used...just wondering if anyone has found a very good substitute. This is where I'm talking about..basically the area you see when the woofer is mounted.
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    OK, I got it. You won’t find this paint at Home Depot etc. but Grainger has it and it is exactly what you want.

    https://m.grainger.com/mobile/produc...aint-in-54TG81

    I would suggest you practice getting a good even coat on a scrap of metal or smooth plastic. You need to coat the entire surface in one application so that there are no lap marks, and you don’t want to apply the paint too heavily. With practice you can get a factory finish with this paint. If you screw it up the first time, you can wash the paint off with acetone.


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    That sounds right..I knew it wasn't flat and definitely not gloss..so satin was all I could think of. Semi-flat makes sense. Yes I always practice on something to get used to the way the spray pattern lays.

    Thank you for your help Mr. Widget...I appreciate it.

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    Try to get this exact paint.

    It will give you perfect results when applied correctly and it is pretty forgiving. Other formulations are not this good. They will load up the surface, dry too slowly, have an uneven sheen... most aerosol spray paints are disappointing, this one is excellent.

    It is the same formula that Krylon used to sell at your corner hardware store but it is no longer sold directly to consumers due to environmental concerns. It is now only sold as an industrial product. I guess the idea is that they don't want every craft project in America blowing acrylic lacquer into the atmosphere. Luckily it is still available if you know where to look.

    Good luck!


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    I found it on Amazon too..has the same Part Number K01613A07 as the Grainger's link you gave me.
    https://www.amazon.com/Krylon-Spray-...ustrial&sr=1-1

    I have a little Lazy Susan I use for working on these so I'm hoping that will help get an even coverage on them. I'll let you know the results...and thanks again.

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    Take a lot of care masking the moving bits- you don't want solvents anywhere near the cone or surround or spider or former. Even after the paint dries, give it a few more hours to outgas before removing protection from the moving assembly.

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    worth considering I think

    the drivers with black painted frames, painted metal receiver and amp tops too, I just give a couple of good coats of Johnson's paste wax and buff them out when things get that motley look to them
    as long as there's no major or multiple gouges this has worked well for me
    aka the five foot rule
    I use India ink on minor scuffs and blems, before waxing as it can be blended to invisibility with a finger and is permanent once dry, small flaws
    I'll only paint them if they're really thrashed
    best of luck whatever you do

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