The "official" cabinet finishing thread

Brian Bolly

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The price of Duratex looks pretty attractive in comparison to PolaneT + the catalyst, but how about coverage and wear? Any photos/comparisons of freshly sprayed boxes vs those that have been on the road for a few months?
 
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I don't have any pics of the Duratex, but I'm actually surprised how well it has held up. I expected it to flake off, but it's handled minor abuse fairly well. The stuff I have it on is all B-Rig gear, so it doesn't really get trucked around a lot, but it is no better or worse than most comparable coatings.
 

Leland Crooks

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It wears very well. I have some cabs that were done several years ago that still look good. Granted I don't haul my gear around as much as you guys probably do. It's also incredibly easy to touch up, just take a chip brush and stipple the spot. Scuffs will usually just clean off with window cleaner.
 

DqQd

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I'm new in this blog so please bear with me. I stripped the carpet off a Fender bass amp combo after taking out all the hardware. To my disappointment, the cab material is fiberboard. Anybody has had experience with applying DuraTex on fiberboard? There are also some carpet material left sticking on the cab. Any suggestions on how to go about this before I spackle and sand? I am concerned about sanding the leftover carpet material for fear of gouging out the cab in spots. A YouTube post mentioned using vinyl spackle. Is this good to use on fiberboard? Thanks!
 

Jim McKeveny

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For years I used Hood Finishing Products Hydrocote Resisthane Plus {hoodfinishing.com). 3 coats, with a tacky medium roller for texture on last 2. Durable, good looking, easy touch-up, cheap(ish). Still recommended as a utility finish.

I switched to Polane 700T, applied with HVLP turbine and a clean, quality gun. Sensitive to temp and humidity when applied, so now my shop is insulated and with improved heat and a/c...but finishes are pro quality Meyer, EAW, Sound Image, etc.
 

Steve Kirby

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I've done the DupliColor stuff. Messy, expensive, and hard to get a good looking finish. Switched to Duratex and the results come out great. Initially I bought the fancy textured roller but I've found that a short nap 6" roller works great. Nice even but not too rough texture. Looks matte but won't take any skin off.

The Duplicolor was actually a bit tougher. I have to put towels on my subs when I stack them to store or the feet of the top one will stick to the bottom one and pull the paint off.
 

Brian Bolly

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Is there a need to prime raw wood before coating in Duratex? I had a wedge built and will be coating it soon..

I've used flat black latex paint as a base coat - has worked pretty well so far. This has been with both new (unpainted) and refinished (sanded down) surfaces. No complaints about the latex as the base coat, but rolling the Duratex vs spraying seemed to net in a more even result and use significantly less product.
 
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Tim Padrick

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+1

On bare aluminum prepped with solvent du jour (I believe it was acetone), it seemed to be about equivalent to standard textured rustoleum from a rattle can. Certainly not abrasion resistant.

In order to get proper adhesion on aluminum, you need a special paint and/or to treat the aluminum with the appropriate chemical (Aluminum Jelly or one if its component acids).
 

sean hennessey

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I finish with duratex currently, sprayed hvlp with pressure pot. Durability I give it a B, ease of application A
 

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