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Old 05-24-2011, 07:37 AM
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Wrapping an enclosure in vinyl -- tutorial? Tips?

I might be building this enclosure - sealed for 2 10" Type Rs.

I'd like to wrap it in vinyl; but don't want it to look like crap. Trying to plan my strategy; but can't find any really good tutorials online.

Does anyone have a link to instructions? or got any tips?

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Old 05-24-2011, 02:39 PM
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do you have a sewing machine? and the proper solvent based glues?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:47 PM
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Vinyl is an unforgiving covering. You will need to make it as smooth and even as if you were painting it.

Only attempt this if you are already very experienced with wrapping in carpet. Only use contact cement out of a can (non-aerosol) and use insert caps on the sides to hide the ends.
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carpet the biotch!! much more durable, looks great especially if you can get some oem carpet, and a lot easier! If you're dead set on vinyl...see above, and take your time to do it right...vinyl looks like crap if it's rushed!
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make sure if you use a sharpie to sand the ink off or it will come through over time.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:44 AM
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Further to DUKK's comment;
carpet the main part of the box, then wrap the insert pieces with vinyl.
Looks decent when done properly, wears well and not difficult for anyone who's
moderately competent.
You can also do interesting things like flush-mounting the woofer, rounding over the
woofer opening, or adding a cool & functional Neutrik speak-con terminal.
I've been using a local (Hong Kong) brand of contact cement for sticking on vinyl & carpet,
using a HVLP gun and a bit of thinner. Goes a lot further than 3M spray can adhesive,
more uniform coverage than brush-on adhesive, and when you get the mixture and distance
right, it dries really quickly.
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