Painting the enclosures was
a long process. The veneered satellite and enamel-coated bass section
were first sanded back and painted with an isolator primer, to provide
the necessary base for the acrylic top coats. After 3 coats of isolator
and sanding with 400 grit, 3 coats of acrylic primer were applied.
Then 4 coats of the cream-coloured automotive base coat (called
"lace") and then 10 coats of acrylic clear coat. The acrylic
coats dry very fast and allow new coats every 5 to 10 minutes.
Once all the painting is complete
and left to harden for 24 hours, polishing of the clearcoat could
begin. First, sanding back with 800 grit, then 1200 grit. Then Kitten
number 2 cutting compound, followed by number 1. The final stage
is Kitten waxing and polishing, just as you would do for a car finish.
The plastic grill sockets were
first primed with a plastic primer, and then followed with the base
and clear coat steps.
Overall a very time-consuming
and expensive experience.