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Old 30th March 2011, 01:14 PM   #781
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Hi Joel, can you paint aluminium? I thought aluminium is anodised.
In the past I have had aluminium powder coated a nice satin black.

But aluminium boats can be painted, so the answer must be yes.

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Old 30th March 2011, 09:55 PM   #782
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I had the screw holes put in today. There just holes but the guy does great work.
We talked about the coatings and he showed me some AL pieces anodized different colours and it seems that Black is the hardest to have look nice.

I'm going to price the Powder Coating and I believe its the way to go. Its applied Electrostatically and Heat dried so should be permanent.

Steve set final price for min quantities of Ten at $40 for each piece.
So that's $50 each when adding 200 in for first pair.
Add a bit of gas money unless the quanity goes up a lot and the 50 will take care of that..

I'll post pictures when I have them painted.


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Old 30th March 2011, 10:07 PM   #783
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...anodized different colours and it seems that Black is the hardest to have look nice.

I'm going to price the Powder Coating and I believe its the way to go. Its applied Electrostatically and Heat dried so should be permanent.
Sounds like the way to go. Satin black or semi-gloss? Not full gloss, right?

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Old 31st March 2011, 02:06 AM   #784
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Satin black or semi-gloss? Not full gloss, right?
I'll look into Satin Black or semi as a standard then.

I was thinking of colour for mine, sort of highlight for the front but dont want to get sick of it and doing a batch all one colour is likely better priced.

I have a new contact today through a good friend and will visit soon.

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Just got my wave guides built and installed a couple of days ago. The transformation is incredible. An audiofile friend made the comment that the difference in sound between the mark 3 and the mark 5 is five thousand dollars. I have them in the same room as some hybrid electrostats and they have a better sound stage. For the most part the image is the same but the electrostats have a more pure midrange. The change in the bass is as big of a plus as the wave guide. I really like being able to change between the 2.0 and the 2.2uf caps. It changes the character of the speakers and keeps the music interesting. Thanks Joe.
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Old 2nd April 2011, 08:58 PM   #786
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Hi Joel,

The waveguides look like they are coming along well, good work. Thanks for your efforts.
Un-finished or painted, either way I am fine with, I am going with the flow on this one. I am wondering how the color matching will be with the wood filler piece, if the waveguides are color finished.

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Old 3rd April 2011, 01:02 AM   #787
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Hi Ben and all others interestd in the machined waveguide

Dropped off the pieces today to Brightside and talked with the owner for awhile. Mike is a Design Engineer and enjoys enhancing car parts as a side business.
His shop is full of beautifully powder coated parts in many colors an textures. He also has many contacts for machining and fabrication that I can use in the future so it was a productive visit..

Waveguides will be a Satin(maybe little flater than satin) black. It's an OEM Harley Davidson color. Edges have to be slightly rounded so silver edge wont show after drying. I believe they have a zinc primer as well.

This is important: They can soak in salt water for 10 years without changing the finish

$40 for this pair and 12-15 per pair in a batch of 10 or more..

A note on the filler: I wont be able to paint the filler. I am planning to set up a small wood finishing area but I'll be lucky if it's done by next xmas..
I'm interested in coloring clear coats with dye and Jeff at Wood Essence is the person I will lean on..

Should get the Waveguides back later this week an will post pictures..

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and 12-15 per pair in a batch of 10 or more..

Thanks, Joel
thats a bargain

cant help thinking it would be nice machining away a bit more material so that waveguide goes all the way to aluminium edge
but maybe its the picture, and I cant't see it properly
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The Black Paint I picked for the waveguide has a little texture in it, not heavy texture. Now wondering if smoother is better. There was an ultra smooth finish choice as well.

It's still possible to change if neccessary?

maybe Joe can answer this?

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Now wondering if smoother is better. There was an ultra smooth finish choice as well.
I cannot see that it would make much of a difference, as it is the shape of the waveguide that is important, the texture of the paint shouldn't affect that unless it was severely undulating or look like waves on a surface. I mean, random texture is barely noticeable to the touch of the finger, it doesn't go up or down. No problem.

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