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    Hello All,

    I just bought two rolls of Speaker Gasketing Tape from Parts Express.

    Right now my 1.2's PR's are not screwed in, Is it good practice to remove the original really thin foam and apply some new foam before screwing the drivers/PR back in?

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...44&rak=260-540

    TIA,

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    If the gasket is in good shape I don't see the need, but they are your speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by engtaz View Post
    If the gasket is in good shape I don't see the need, but they are your speakers.
    I was buying the new grille material and some spray on adhesive and I saw it there and it was so cheap that I figured I should just two rolls and see what people say about it.

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    I think its a good idea to re-gasket them. The original foam gaskets were much more puffy when new, hence the better sealing properties. Over time they become flat, so the sealing properties diminish.

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    As long as you don't over do it I'm sure it will work as intended even though it may not be needed. I almost bought the same stuff, but I can get something very similar at Home Depot if I ever need it.

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    I took off all the old stuff and put the new gasket around it. I really like that gasket cause you can really tighten it down and get a good seal. I used speaker seal (it's like a putty) on my passives. Great seal!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    I was buying the new grille material and some spray on adhesive ...
    I once tried to use spray on adhesive to redo some grills. Big mistake. Not only was it a pain in the ass and a huge mess (very sticky fingers) it just couldn't hold it very tight. A staple gun worked far far better when I decided to redo them since the glue started to let go even more. YMMV and it's probably really dependant on what kind of glue you used.

    I used similar gasket tape for my sub and it seems to work pretty well aside from effing up my hurricane nuts. The tape latched onto the threads of the bolts and got inside the nuts making everything another sticky mess. With your application I'm sure the tape would work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael_w View Post
    I once tried to use spray on adhesive to redo some grills. Big mistake. Not only was it a pain in the ass and a huge mess (very sticky fingers) it just couldn't hold it very tight. A staple gun worked far far better when I decided to redo them since the glue started to let go even more. YMMV and it's probably really dependant on what kind of glue you used.

    I used similar gasket tape for my sub and it seems to work pretty well aside from effing up my hurricane nuts. The tape latched onto the threads of the bolts and got inside the nuts making everything another sticky mess. With your application I'm sure the tape would work fine.
    Hey Michael,

    I have already tried just staples and that's when I decided to forget about using grille material for the sides and make completely new sides in all black lacquer.

    I bought the adhesive in the attempt to use staples & Adhesive. I may totally forget about it and just buy new grilles from Polk and admit defeat.

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    Spray adhesive works great for holding the cloth in place while you stretch and fit it to the frame, but it seems to dry out and doesn't hold the cloth. I've had success with running a bead of Elmers (or a wood glue) around the back of the frame at the edge of the cloth, and working it into the cloth with a smooth narrow scraper.
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    I may totally forget about it and just buy new grilles from Polk and admit defeat.
    They don't have any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    They don't have any.

    :( oh well, I guess I have to make some new ones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    Hello All,

    I just bought two rolls of Speaker Gasketing Tape from Parts Express.

    Right now my 1.2's PR's are not screwed in, Is it good practice to remove the original really thin foam and apply some new foam before screwing the drivers/PR back in?

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...44&rak=260-540

    TIA,

    Las
    LAs, what about mortite? It worked well on my PR.
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    I typically use Mortite m'self (FWIW).
    The PE speaker gasket stuff is very nice; I've used it when it came as a freebie with drivers I'd bought from them.
    all the best,
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    Don't you people read dates?

    Well, about speaker gasket, I found that the parts express stuff is annoying. The adhesive soaks through both sides and makes it difficult to remove the drivers after a while.
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    I didn't, no...

    I've never removed a driver that I used it with (it's been years, so I guess I am in sync with the thread).

    Rope caulk certainly leaves its oily residue, too.

    hasta la vista
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    Dang, bit by a necropost again:o
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    Amp: Wright WPA 50-50 EAT KT88s
    Analog: Marantz TT-15S1 MBS Glider SL| Wright WPP100C Amperex BB 6er5 and 7316 & WPM-100 SUT
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    ooh, a neologism.
    all the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Don't you people read dates?

    Hey, Sal (the OP) is the one who picked it up like it was just yesterday. Blame him!
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