Veneering my Monitor 10's

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  • geoff727geoff727 Posts: 546
    edited February 2008
    Boywonder wrote: »
    Since the finish still shows the wood pores, it was a bit of a pain to get the compound out of the pores; this was done by using a toothbrush and paint thinner.

    Same thing for me. But even that didn't do it, so I had to cheat a little bit. A generous application of furniture polish colored the sanding residue so it looked natural.
    Polk SDA SRS 2
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  • RefeferRefefer Posts: 1,285
    edited February 2008
    Sir, I've gotta tell you that is one hell of a good looking veneering job. If, when I finally do my 5B's, get it looking 1/10th as good as those do I will be thrilled!

    What's your woodworking experience? I truly am impressed with how they're shaping up!
    Lovin that music year after year.

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  • BoywonderBoywonder Posts: 223
    edited February 2008
    geoff727 wrote: »
    Now that's what a pair of 10's ought to look like! I'm really impressed by how the finished backs really add so more elegance to these speakers. What adhesive did you use to re-attach the serial number stickers?
    Geoff


    3M spray 77 adhesive. 3M artists "spray-ment" (green/white spray can) may also work well. Don't use 3M artists "spray-mount" (red/white spray can) as that is for temporary work.
  • BoywonderBoywonder Posts: 223
    edited February 2008
    Refefer wrote: »
    Sir, I've gotta tell you that is one hell of a good looking veneering job. If, when I finally do my 5B's, get it looking 1/10th as good as those do I will be thrilled!

    What's your woodworking experience? I truly am impressed with how they're shaping up!

    Well, years ago I started out as a complete hack, and learned by my mistakes. I still make woodworking mistakes, just less now than in the past, and, most importantly, I still have all of my fingers.

    Here are the lessons learned from this project:

    Use Type II (indoor/outdoor/waterproof) PVA glue for the veneer, and the veneer doesn't curl nearly as much.

    Don't skimp on covering the surfaces with glue (consider 2 coats), as bubbles will result if the glue coverage is too thin.

    If you use stain under lacquer, the lacquer will lift the stain and make spot repairs difficult during finishing. You can always wipe everything off and start over.

    Automotive rubbing compound (and worse polishing compound) is a pain in the **** to get out of the pores of the veneer.
  • geoff727geoff727 Posts: 546
    edited March 2008
    Boywonder,
    I was just looking at how you removed the old veneer. Do you have any recommendations on removing old veneer that is extremely stubborn? On my Monitor 5's, I can barely pry any of it off, even with heat. I might have to just prep it and re-finish over the top of it.
    Geoff
    Polk SDA SRS 2
    Polk RTA 15tl
    Polk Monitor 7C
    Polk Lsi9

    Infinity RS-II (modded)
    Infinity RS-IIIa (modded)
    Infinity RS 2.5 x 2

    Magnepan 1.6QR (modded)

    System: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vevol&1290711373
  • BoywonderBoywonder Posts: 223
    edited March 2008
    Geoff-Heat gun and putty knife....Enough heat, and it will come off. It may be a little gooey when totally overheated, but it should come off. I kept the heat gun a little ahead of the putty knife/scraper.

    Have you tried the scaper without any heat?

    I may have gotten lucky with vinyl removal, since one speaker's vinyl practically fell off, just came off in big sheets, no heat required. I am assuming that was from UV exposure possibly. The other speaker required heat.

    If you veneer over the vinyl, any edges from the vinyl will telegraph through the veneer....So get it all off or leave it all on. If you do a flat/matte finish on the veneer, you may not notice it, but if you want gloss, then you need a flat substrate to stick the veneer to.

    If you are going to use PVA (yellow wood glue) use type II/exterior and lay down a good coat on both surfaces.

    Lasareath-you are on your own here! There's no better way to figure something out/learn something new than jumping in with both feet.
  • FaceFace Posts: 14,714
    edited March 2008
    Lasareath wrote: »
    Awesome Job!!!

    Can I mail you my 7's to have re-done?

    Sal
    Sal, those cabinets are like new! :(
    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche
  • bigyankbigyank Posts: 224
    edited March 2008
    geoff727 wrote: »
    Boywonder,
    I was just looking at how you removed the old veneer. Do you have any recommendations on removing old veneer that is extremely stubborn? On my Monitor 5's, I can barely pry any of it off, even with heat. I might have to just prep it and re-finish over the top of it.
    Geoff

    I used a paint stripping heat gun (Wagner) on my Model 10's without incident.

    Yank
    Polk Monitor 7
    Polk Atrium 55
  • JesseSJesseS Posts: 14
    edited September 2020
    Awesome work Boywonder! This is so cool. Great thread! Is anyone still reading???

    Luckily, my restored Monitor 10s are in their lovely, original, real wood veneer.

    But the 5s I just picked up are hideous in vinyl laminate with scuffs and lifting at the edges. I have faith in my being able to remove the vinyl, and I might prefer the bare MDF to the way it looks now. But I can't see how I would manage to deal with the front bevel if I recover in wood veneer. I don't have shop equipment or the skills to cut the bevel and remake mitered strips.

    So, I'm thinking of painting the bevels black, then veneering the sides, top, and bottom panels. Probably spiffy?
  • The main character ain't a been here in over 13 years, ya know.
  • krazypolk wrote: »
    The main character ain't a been here in over 13 years, ya know.

    He's still around ;) ....just re-read this thread....speakers still look great.. haha
  • JesseS wrote: »

    So, I'm thinking of painting the bevels black, then veneering the sides, top, and bottom panels. Probably spiffy?

    Yes I think that would be a good way to go if you don't have access to a tablesaw....just sand the edge of the veneer to match the bevel of the front beveled edge.
  • Boywonder wrote: »
    krazypolk wrote: »
    The main character ain't a been here in over 13 years, ya know.

    He's still around ;) ....just re-read this thread....speakers still look great.. haha

    How is it possible to go 8+ years without a peep and the moment I call you out for not being here anymore...voila! You're back. :o

    Ps. I read your FS thread on those really nice 1C's. Did they ever sell?
  • krazypolk wrote: »
    Boywonder wrote: »
    krazypolk wrote: »
    TPs. I read your FS thread on those really nice 1C's. Did they ever sell?

    Yup.....funny enough they sold locally on CL...but the buyer also saw them listed here.
  • ...not sure how I screwed up the text above...

    Yup.....funny enough they sold locally on CL...but the buyer also saw them listed here.

  • Boywonder wrote: »
    ...not sure how I screwed up the text above...

    Yup.....funny enough they sold locally on CL...but the buyer also saw them listed here.

    They proved to be a bump...y sale. :D
    Those'll be good for another 20 years.
  • krazypolk wrote: »

    They proved to be a bump...y sale. :D
    Those'll be good for another 20 years.

    It's highly likely that my monitor 10's will also be good for another 20 years..I really like them.....although they are somewhat old-school looking....they have been daily drivers for the past 13 years...stereo on most of the day when I'm home.
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