James saw a pair of speakers in our gallery that I had built for myself and wanted the same finish.
This is a relatively complex process. First the oak veneered speakers were shot with silver gray dye, which was sanded off leaving gray in the grain. Then the veneer was white-washed. After enough coats of sealer were shot to fill the grain, the front baffle is taped off and shot with a gray metallic paint. After that step, the entire speaker is shot with several coats of automotive clear. Finally, the surface is sanded and polished to remove dust particles and the physical line that separates the gray automotive paint from the rest of the cabinet.
When I first saw the finished cabinets, I was a bit jealous...I wanted to keep them for myself.
The only problem with the final result is that photos cannot capture the full impact of the finish. And with a gloss finish, the speakers reflect everything. So it is hard to get a good photo.
Here is a photo...
In this picture, you can perhaps see a little of the metallic finish on the front baffle...
James loaded up these beauties and headed home to Kentucky today. It just happened to be his birthday as well. What a present!
Happy listening James!