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Painting PVC w/out using Spray Paint?

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#1 of 6 BrianGC


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Posted April 12 2003 - 05:11 PM

Anyone have good results painting PVC with a brush or roller? I'm going to be building some speaker stands in the near future and would prefer not to use spray paint.

If anyone has tried it, what type of paint worked out the best?


#2 of 6 Jonathan M

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Posted April 13 2003 - 09:11 AM

A roller should work OK. I would firstly scuff the surface of the PVC with say 150grit sandpaper - just a quick once over to give the paint a slightly larger surface area to stick to, plus to remove any glossy finish on the PVC. If you do use a roller, then vertical sweeps would be best, working your way around.

I'm going to be building stands soon also - probably 5 total, and will likely be using a roller for the painting - haven't decided 100% though yet.

The main problem with using a roller alone is any joins (Such as the base to pipe connection) which gets tricky to get a nice finish. I do like the "textured" look one gets from rollered on acrylic semi-gloss.
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#3 of 6 Allen Ross

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Posted April 13 2003 - 02:09 PM

even though you said you weren't interested in spray paint, i have had sucess with it, i first sanded a bit, and then primered and then put at least two coats of satin black.

I only had one minor run, and that was my fault.

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#4 of 6 BrianGC


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Posted April 13 2003 - 03:50 PM

Thanks for the replies. I don't want to use spraypaint more because of the cloud it produces than fear of the results. Doing it outside isn't a good option because the wind seems to always be blowing.

I'm going to make some variation of the TNT Stubby and will more than likely paint the PVC pipe(s) before assembling the stands. I haven't decided what material the base/top will be out of. I've got a partial sheet of MDF and also have some panels cut from a sheet of cabinet grade Birch plywood. I also saw somw shelving somewhere that was made from narrow stips glude together to form a wide shelf. It would sort of have a butcherblock look to it.


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Posted April 13 2003 - 04:54 PM

Likely it'll need more than two coats of paint just to get everything. When you use the roller to paint the first coat, you're just getting paint on it. First coat, every time you roll over the paint you put down, you usually take a bit of it back with the roller. So plan on at least a second coat, just to get full coverage.
The cable modem line coming into my HT room is covered with a piece of concealing plastic, and when I painted it with the roller, it took at least two coats to get full coverage.

#6 of 6 Troy R

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Posted April 14 2003 - 12:13 AM

I used a brush and was satisfied with the results. If you get close you can see streak marks but for the most part they look great! I used 2 coats of primer and 3 of paint, just to make sure everything to covered!

here are my stands: