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Thread: Grille re-covering tips please :)

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    Default Grille re-covering tips please :)

    I have recently acquired a pair of floor standers with new fangled modern plastic-frame grilles.
    Trouble is the cloth covering is black and I would really like it to be a tasteful brown to match my ultra dowdy interior and 19th century taste.

    I have plenty of experience of upholstery practices and re-covering wooden frames but not really up to speed with a substrate that doesn't cope well with staples

    Has anyone any really useful tips of how to achieve a smart and professional looking result ... or shall I just busk it? (as usual)

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    As long as the grille cloth is not stretched too tight, just using contact adhesive should be OK. Use it only to the rear of the grille frame though is it may show through the material from the front. I've done this a few times.

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    Yeah, I've done it a couple of times too and it's all a question of patience, really.

    I actually used superglue on one occasion - the cheapo 1 stuff - and it worked brilliantly !

    Like Geoff said, don't stretch it too hard.
    Start on one side, leave it to dry while you do the other grille on one side, go back to the first and pull it into place - maybe use tape to keep it there if need be - and slowly work your way around, swapping between the two grilles as you go.

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    Thanks chaps

    Any idea if Copydex would be OK?
    Have used it many times before with natural textiles on wood frames but never with synthetics on plastic.

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    carpet tile spray adhesive is best ive found. gets sticky quick but gives you time to adjust too. a big can is only 5/6 quid too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    carpet tile spray adhesive is best ive found. gets sticky quick but gives you time to adjust too. a big can is only 5/6 quid too.
    Thanks for the tip Grant ... will keep my eye out for some.

    Once I've tracked down some likely candidates for material I'll probably do some experimenting, first with Copydex and then getting exotic.

    Was also thinking of some narrow-double sided tape as a possibility, there are some very good ones on the market and they can be quite flexible.

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    Just spray the back of the frame then when it goes tacky start to stretch it evenly round sides keeping it even tension. Then cut the corners. That's the bit you need to practice
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    Sounds manageable Grant and will definitely try that

    Will still do a test with Copydex first ... mainly because it's fairly easy to remove if I decide that brown does make the speakers look a bit too turdy and want to revert back to black.
    Not sure how amenable carpet adhesive would be to that - only experience I have is trying to shift residual crap from floors that have had carpet stuck down (not an experience I would care to repeat
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    Depends on what type of plastic it is, as to whether the Evo Stick melts the plastic as its solvent based, so do a test first.

    An alternative is to use shellac, which is easier on the plastic (meths based), again dependent on type of plastic.
    We used to stretch big wood screens in fabric printing class at Art Collage this way and get them really tight. You coat the frame a few times and as the last coat is getting tacky apply the cloth and burnish it into the shellac/stretch as you go with a smooth tool like a wooden spoon. Start in the middle and work outward.

    Its an alternative worth considering, but Evo Stick will work if you are careful and check it is safe to use. Thixofix is easier to apply than Evo Stick as it is a Thixotropic material and can even be applied with a roller.

    Whichever method you choose, hope you get the result your after.

    Edit: Copydex won't stick to plastic very well and may peel under tension, so again test before doing the job.
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