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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liberon-SDE...ony+wood+stain

    i use this for black ash type speakers. its very good
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    this is how the ebony looks
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Sand the surface along the grain. Don't use coarse paper 'cos it'll leave marks. Just take your time with finer stuff. Take care sanding at edges, it's easy to go through the veneer there. Then try a coat of water based black suede shoe dye. Allow it to dry then if the finish looks even, bung some satin varnish on. I've done this and it works. Takes a little care and patience.
    Ok cheers will give it a go

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post




    this is how the ebony looks
    Looks good. Are they Tannoys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crackles View Post
    Looks good. Are they Tannoys?

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    They are focal jmlabs Came up a treat. It's good stuff and Ive done a few pairs. Use rubber gloves as it stains fingers tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    They are focal jmlabs Came up a treat. It's good stuff and Ive done a few pairs. Use rubber gloves as it stains fingers tho
    Ok thanks. Will do.

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    Hi John,

    My hobby is building speakers and I have recently made a pair for myself with an ebonised ash finish. To get the effect that I wanted I used two coats of Liberon ebony spirit dye that Grant recommended followed by two coats of Osmo Wax Oil 3169. The first coat of oil was applied with a fine Scotchbrite pad which automatically denibs the surface. The following day the surface was lightly flatted out with a fine Scotchbrite pad and then the final coat was applied (very thinly) with a microfibre cloth. The end result was exactly as I wanted. The wood is very dark but the grain can clearly be seen. The oil has a satin finish which I like. The photograph is not great but good enough to show what I mean.



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Alchemist View Post
    Hi John,

    My hobby is building speakers and I have recently made a pair for myself with an ebonised ash finish. To get the effect that I wanted I used two coats of Liberon ebony spirit dye that Grant recommended followed by two coats of Osmo Wax Oil 3169. The first coat of oil was applied with a fine Scotchbrite pad which automatically denibs the surface. The following day the surface was lightly flatted out with a fine Scotchbrite pad and then the final coat was applied (very thinly) with a microfibre cloth. The end result was exactly as I wanted. The wood is very dark but the grain can clearly be seen. The oil has a satin finish which I like. The photograph is not great but good enough to show what I mean.


    Hi Richard. That does look fantastic and you have obviously taken a lot of care over it. Looking at them makes me want to get mine professionally refinished rather than do it myself.

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    Hi John,

    What state are your speakers in? A photograph would be useful. If you use the right materials and if the cabinets are not in too bad a condition you would probably be able to do a decent job for not a lot of money.

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    As an aside, i eant to replace the grill cloth on the speakers, JBL L50.

    Thoughts on tne lighter shade of blue in this image?
    I have trouble seeing the other two due to color blindness.

    Is the lighter blue blue enough? Horrible? Ok?

    Thanks
    Fabric colors
    https://flic.kr/p/249vPwa[
    Grill type (blue in this pic no an option)
    https://flic.kr/p/22M5rjx

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