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Hi guys,

I have to paint some speaker grills...you know...the ones that cover in-wall and ceiling mounted speakers.



In the past, when the customer has requested that they be painted to blend with the walls, I have used a dry brush to paint them. Well, one of the boys rolled over one and the holes are all clogged up. It looks like crap.

Any have a nifty technique?
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try "dry rolling" them

the reason this is better than brushing or even "dry brushing" is the fact that the roller will pick up paint from the holes when it passes over-a brush won't
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Hi guys,

I have to paint some speaker grills...you know...the ones that cover in-wall and ceiling mounted speakers.



In the past, when the customer has requested that they be painted to blend with the walls, I have used a dry brush to paint them. Well, one of the boys rolled over one and the holes are all clogged up. It looks like crap.

Any have a nifty technique?
The perforated grill part can usually be removed by inserting something small and sharp such as a nail into the holes around the edge and prying it out. Then it can be sprayed.
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I usually spray them, they look so much nicer, and more professional. Either use a touch-up gun. or get those little glass jar sprayers. Sometimes I take everthing that has to be sprayed home with me and do it there.
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You know, I was thinking about the galss jar deals...but I find that they spit a lot.

Maybe I'll give 'em another try.

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Doesn't anyone but me have an airbrush?

They sell 'em for as little as six bucks!

t/u gun also perfect for things like that.
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Hey Tmrrptr,

That touch up gun idea seems like a good one. I don't have one, but was wondering if I did purchase one, what else I might use it for?
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....I did purchase one, what else I might use it for?
Paint ghost flames on your cut-bucket...?
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....Painting walls on those T&M jobs....?

Actually, it's one of those tools that you will either find a hundred uses for with other things, or rarely use it but be glad you have it when you do need it. I have one, don't use it very often, but man when I do have a use for it it sure is sweet, and does a nice job at detailed painting, like the speaker grills you are doing, or air vent grills, patio furniture, small parts. etc.
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Doesn't anyone but me have an airbrush?
...and to think I sold mine on ebay years ago because I'm not an artist...but it sure would be good for things like this!
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Hi Roller,

Firemike is spot on... If you could get someone to pay T&M for a wall,
you might have a year's steady work!

But Slickshift has got the idea... if you can paint flames on your bucket,
and get "noticed," we probably won't see you with a production pump and ladders any more!

I got them for fun. but they do have practical uses for detail work and small repairs like dings on cabinets, doors, or even bathtubs.
Anything you might use a rattle can for, house numbers, mail slot, fixtures?
You can use quality product in them.

Not saying go out and buy a $150 Iwata... it just won't work with our products and would probably ruin it. Buy an import cheapo with a 1.5mm or 1.8mm tip and you can blast thinned latex, poly, lacquer, epoxy...

I've used t/u guns on chair rail we had pre-painted, to spot the nailing.
Let's see... murals, stenciling, faux, fading, wrought iron.
If you find you have talent, upgrade from a single action to a dual action and we may see your work in magazines nationwide!


Downside is you need an air supply.
But I haven't spent real money on an air compressor in years... since I quit framing and my emglo got pinholes in the tank, (I think it might blow), all I've bought are cheapos. Far less than $100. They are dandy for an airbrush, small projects with a cup gun, a finish nailer, or even my texture hopper doing rooms. They last 2-3yrs w daily use.


This got too long...
I enjoy painting homes.
This is a fun tool w practical use.
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I have to paint some grills for work. I purchased a Iwata Eclipse Kit and a compressor to paint some grills.

What is the best paint mixture and what was used to delude the paint so the Airbrush doesn't get destroyed and the grills have a professional look?
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try "dry rolling" them

the reason this is better than brushing or even "dry brushing" is the fact that the roller will pick up paint from the holes when it passes over-a brush won't
I am going with Rich on this, probably because I really don't do much spraying and I think I have just the mini roller that would work. Foam Pro makes a number of different foam rollers.

http://www.foampromfg.com/products/

I don't know how large your speaker grills are, but I would imagine that either the 2" or 4" rollers would work. Use the white foam as it is denser than the yellow foam. Also, I would thin your paint down a bit, then use gentle pressure so that no paint gets squeezed through the grills.

I am sure that spraying them would come out great if done properly, but I would try the Foam Pro rollers first and see if that doesn't work the easiest.

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i spray them with a can, some are easier than others to dry brush or roll
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