Beolab 10 paint melting

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    DanteM
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      Hi, needing some advice here.

      My Beolab 10 acoustic lens started to melt. It looks like the paint plasticizer migrated to the surface and spoiled it.

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      I managed to clean the sticky paint, but now I have a plain smooth black aluminum finishing, which doesn’t look nice when compared with the old black matte surface.

      My question: does anyone know which kind of paint should I use on aluminum parts to get that rubberdized look and feel again?

      Regular black paint for metal + a matte varnish? Or is there a black paint that already gives the final finishing without varnish?

      Thanks, Dante.

       

       

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      DanteM
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        After the cleaning…

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        Tignum
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          Hello DanteM,

          I have good experience with powdercoating. I brought a very sticky BeoLab 7-4 to a local shop, they sandblasted the empty cabinet (I made sure to put screws to avoid the threads get damaged or covered) and coated it with a light textured black coating. They normally make you choose from samples so you can choose how smooth or rough you want the texture. It does not feel rubbery but is much more pleasant to the touch than before and very tough.

          I had some Beo4’s done as well and the coating holds really well. I can send a photograph tomorrow when there is daylight again if you want.

          Regards, Johan

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          DanteM
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            That’s a great idea! I didn’t think of that before!

            I’ve easy access to a guy who paints with powder. Will check on that.

            Thanks for the tip!

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            Tignum
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              Hi, I tried to capture the texture of the powdercoating on my 7-4. I can tell it was a massive improvement from the scratched and sticky ‘before’ situation. But it also costed more than the speaker :-).20230114_114528

              Good luck, let us know the result!

              Regards,

              Johan

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              Glitch
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                DanteM: A couple of other things to consider are texture paint in a spray can or Plasti-dip spray. I don’t know if these would be available where you are at, but they easy to find in the US (except for maybe California).

                These would not be as nice as the powder coating, but would be easier to remove if you didn’t like the results.

                Glitch

                 

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