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Old 21st July 2017, 04:34 AM   #21
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I know the answer to #1 (both surfaces — from watching chris in action), am waiting for him to chime in.

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Old 21st July 2017, 05:18 AM   #22
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There are probably several "formulas", but my own is :
-short nap 3" paint roller, look to achieve a very light "eggshell" texture on both surfaces, extra thick around the edges
- two very thin coats of glue to each surface, dry between 10-15 min between(depending on ambient air temp /humidity)
- let dry to the touch before ironing on
- use a cheap dedicated clothes iron ( not your wife's nice steamer) set to highest temp (usually labelled "linen") , don't worry about any minor scorching on edges, around driver cut outs, etc - in fact they can provide a guide for the trimming out of rebated driver cut-outs, and will sand out
- I've never found a veneer roller necessary- the slow continuous pressure of the iron has been enough
- for designs that are tilted back, I like the grain to follow the angle (in the case of the FHs, 5dg), as well as to wrap the grain figuring contiguously around the sides and top in matched pattern on the pair. With the curved side panels of this design, that means with careful alignment you'll be able to yield both enclosures from a single 4x8ft sheet, with some awkward offcuts/waste - IIWII
- I do the fronts (and backs when applicable) first, then the two sides, and the tops (bottoms) last. It's unavoidable that the exposed edges of the paper substrate will show, but I've found that with careful trimming/sanding, that doesn't stand out much.
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Old 22nd July 2017, 12:59 AM   #23
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Thanks for all of the details! After a little practice on a few scraps, I'll give it a go with the speakers.
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