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    Default Adding a semigloss seal to speaker cabinet?

    Just wondering if it's a good idea to add a semigloss seal to a pair of my RT7's. I don't want to sand everything down and start from scratch but just add a touch of shine to the preexisting wood grain finish. It's sad but I've tried anything like this so any advice would be appreciated.

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    I am guessing you have the black?
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    Yes, they are black. And there's a typo in my original post. Meant to say that I've NEVER tried anything like this.
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    There was a thread not to long ago where a member rubbed out his cherry RTi's and they came out like mirrors. Do a search, they talked about how they accomplished this. Or give F1nut a pm he is a great woodworker and maybe he has some ideas
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    I guess you could look into Cory Super High Gloss Piano and Furniture Polish.

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    If you don't know what you're doing, don't even try it and no, furniture polish is not the answer either.
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    I guess pledge will do just fine...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    If you don't know what you're doing, don't even try it and no, furniture polish is not the answer either.
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    Not sure what type of finish Polk put on those, but if it's anything like Melamine, I doubt any coating will stick to it.
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    The only gloss finish that looks decent is sanding down the entire speaker and spraying multiple coats of paint, clear, hand buff, etc.

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    the rtia's have a flat clear applied to them to seal them. Thats how I was able to polish mine out. Since on these speakers the clear they use is very similar to automotive clear, you can use automotive compounds and equipment to get a high gloss finish. http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...Cherry-RTiA5-s
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    Thanks for the help and suggestions. I may go ahead with zingo's suggestion of sanding down the cabinet and starting from scratch. I have a friend at work who's going to help. He has experience with this kind of stuff. Will probably give it a go next weekend. I'll be sure to take pics. Hopefully it turns out well.
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    Do NOT sand down the existing finish and start again. To increase the sheen all you need to do is polish the current finish with the proper polishing compounds. Specd_out had the proper materials and knowledge, you don't. The compounds are not cheap, the pads are not cheap and neither is a good buffing/polishing machine. It would be much cheaper to take your speakers to a refinishing shop and have them do the polishing.
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    Hmmm, thought it would be a fun project and give me something new to try. If it really is more daunting that I'm anticipating, I guess I won't bother.
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    like f1 said dont sand it down. The veener is so very thin. too much in one area and you will have to reveneer the entire speaker.

    You can get a semi gloss shine by hand, using various polishes and compounds. Unless you are extremely familiar with high speed buffers or orbital polishers I would just do it by hand.

    If you want PM me, I will give you some help. You can practice on the bottom of the speaker too see if you like the look before you start doing everything else
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    I've recently used Formby's Tung oil finish. I used the low gloss and it came out very glossy IMO. It actually came out more glossy than I wanted and I had a hard time taking the shine back out! They also have high gloss which would even offer higher gloss yet. It goes on with a lint free cloth and is a very hard finish when dry. Make sure your wood is smooth, sand with like 400 grit sandpaper if you want or need to, and apply. I was impressed with the gloss and hardness of the finish. I've been a woodworker for 30 years. Not a pro but experienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTguru1982 View Post
    Hmmm, thought it would be a fun project and give me something new to try. If it really is more daunting that I'm anticipating, I guess I won't bother.
    Nobody reads anymore. There is a HuGE difference between the rt7s and the newer rtis, the rt7s had the vinyl laminate. Whole different animal. I had a subwoofer a few months back with the same finish. It had some nice scratches and discoloration. I lightly sanded it, painted in with plastic spray paint (something like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/Krylon-Bla...15-oz/24101152), and used a clear spray sealer. Looked a LOT better. Not perfect, because that would require removing the laminate. But it looked a lot better. If your rt7s have scratches or discoloration you could try this. But it won't be a real glossy finish, so if they look fine I would probably leave them alone.

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