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    Good JBL/Altec Utility Cab. Gray Paint?

    After unsuccesfully trying to give away an ugly but solid Altec A-7 cabinet, I've decided to go ahead and fix it up. I stripped off some cruddy veneer and sanded everything down and am getting ready to paint. Any opinions on particularly good or bad gray spray paints for a utility cabinet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    After unsuccesfully trying to give away an ugly but solid Altec A-7 cabinet, I've decided to go ahead and fix it up. I stripped off some cruddy veneer and sanded everything down and am getting ready to paint. Any opinions on particularly good or bad gray spray paints for a utility cabinet?
    I'd skip the spray paint, and by some good old fashioned oil based primer and paint, if you get can it in your area. I think, it's still available in quarts in most states. Apply it with a foam roller.

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    Ditto.
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    Try Zolatone...It was the original gray used on JBL...textured, not cheap, but worth it. Check online.

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    Medium to dark gray paint finishes appeared on Altec and other theatre gear around the end of WWII. I think it is no coincidence, as the world was awash in military surplus gray paint at the time.

    For many years I have painted horns of various types with flat to semi-gloss water based interior latex paint. It is forgiving, rolls on easy, dries fast and looks good.

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    I've used and have had great success with DuraTex paint. It's available in a whole bunch of colors, and is quite durable.....

    http://www.acrytech.com/store.asp?pid=14119
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