Sonosub paint options

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robin Smith, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. Robin Smith

    Robin Smith Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 27, 2000
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    I am almost at the "putting it altogether" phase of my first DIY sonosub. I am wondering what paint options people have used.

    I have MDF endcaps with 1/4" roundover on the exposed parts. I am interested in a black finish.

    Does MDF paint well with a brush, or do I really need to go spray? I live in a new construction nieghborhood and don't really want to be spraying in my driveway with all the dust thats around. Spraying in my garage with the door closed is also not a good idea.

    I like the look of the piano-like finishes but not the effort.

    Do I want to go flat, eggshell or highgloss paint? Should I do a final coat of lacquer-like stuff to protect the paint?

    I am interested in what various people have done and how satisfied they have been with the results. This stage could have a big impact on the already sketchy SAF so its important!


    Robin Smith
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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  3. Jeff Rosz

    Jeff Rosz Second Unit

    Sep 24, 2000
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    flat, egg, or gloss? only you can decide that.
    sketchy SAF? chance to score points CANT go wrong here if you let her decide [​IMG] score more points by matching the decor of the room.
    practice different looks on some scrap.
  4. Rob Lloyd

    Rob Lloyd Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 22, 2001
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    You can paint MDF easily if primed. It soaks up paint like a sponge. Get a can of spray primer and the paint of your choice. Easy to do and it won't make a mess like you think unless you go psycho w/ the can. Just use a large drop cloth and spray when there is no wind.

    You can get a very good lookning high-gloss piano like finish w/ glossy Rustoleum.

    You can do much more than that and get even better results but you'll spend a lot of time sanding and painting and buffing. Try it on some scrap as suggested. Spray paint is cheap so if you don't like it you're only out $5.

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