Best speaker gasket material?

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This has probably been answered before, but I couldn't find an answer by searching. I am rebuilding speakers I built in 1979 as the woofers needed to be refoamed and I replaced the caps on the xover. It is a sealed 3 way design and in remounting the woofers, I am wondering what has transpired since I built them in sealing the woofers to the cabinet. I used "wet" silicon caulking when first attaching, but the woofers were hard to remove as they stuck to the MDF and pulled some of the wood away from the cabinets when removed. I thought this would be the best seal especially where the bolts passed through. Is there a better way to get a good seal currently?
Thank you.
 
That was what I was advised by Falcon Acoustics where I originally purchased the speakers and xover materials. I'm not sure where to get such a gasket product here in the USA. Can anyone from the US give me assistance on finding foam neoprene suitable for speaker gaskets.
Thanks.
 
That was what I was advised by Falcon Acoustics where I originally purchased the speakers and xover materials. I'm not sure where to get such a gasket product here in the USA. Can anyone from the US give me assistance on finding foam neoprene suitable for speaker gaskets.
Thanks.
Buy a sheet of what's often known as EVA Rubber.
Spongy but firm open cell neoprene foam, the kind used for kid's toys, slippers, bicycle/fishing rod handles/mousepads/1000 other uses.
Available everywhere, including Art shops, "all rubber products" shops and such.
Glue it with contact cement.
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Moretite "window caulking rope" or similar other branded stuff... get fresh stock, make sure it is a bit warm, and roll it a bit thinner than the 3/16" or so it comes in, push to flatten on the box or back of the speaker rim... it squishes and seals, never hardens fully. Comes in grey and brown typically.

Works excellently... lasts forever. Good on windows too... :D
 
"window caulking rope"
Rope caulk is good and as bear says warm it up. You might also want to wipe the flange with oil before mounting. It'll act as a release agent.
Do not do as I once did and use bitumen tape.
Same goes for butyl glazing tape.
:D Sorry for laughing.
 
I have used 1/4" foam insulation strips with good results. They flatten out and fill in any irregularities in the baffle. Also I have used TACKY Craft Glue available in the craft departments of Wal Mart. It dries almost clear and is easy to peel off from the metal speaker frame if you have to remove them. I made a serious error in using liquid nails once
to mount a 12 " woofer. 20 Years later when I went to remove it had to use a hammer a chisel to get it out, this action destroyed the cabinet.
 
I have used 1/4" foam insulation strips with good results. They flatten out and fill in any irregularities in the baffle. Also I have used TACKY Craft Glue available in the craft departments of Wal Mart. It dries almost clear and is easy to peel off from the metal speaker frame if you have to remove them. I made a serious error in using liquid nails once
to mount a 12 " woofer. 20 Years later when I went to remove it had to use a hammer a chisel to get it out, this action destroyed the cabinet.

Sorry to hear about your mistake with liquid nails. They call it 'nails' for a good reason;) That stuff is very tough, I used to glue quarters to sidewalks with it as a gag. :) Those coins are still there today.
 
That caulking would have been fine if yo would have let it cure for 12 hours or so before installing the drivers.


Wow, Thanks for all the great suggestions. I didn't want to go to silicon caulking again as it was very difficult to get the speakers out. As soon as I receive the new caps for the xover, I'll get this system back in service.
 
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