Hi all. I did a make-over on my Zingalis horn speakers.I have had them for about 8 years, and was never hot on the all black gloss finish. Too depressing. So... not for the faint hearted, I got my tools out and went to work. This is ongoing, over the last month, but getting close now.
So, I have been messing with my Zingalis, and started the make over as regards appearance. Before the, the Compression Driver is updated upgraded by using a bigger B&C unit, and crossover as upgraded with much better caps, resistors and hard wired with silver.
I wanted to get rid of the depressing gloss black, which shows all the dust LOL. The speakers are well made, quite heavy, and the chassis has very little resonances. They do need a stand though, and suspension feet to disconnect with the floor. They have a down firing bass port in the bottom.
Shaktie's Zingali he used to own, how mine looked.
Above is 120 girt, after this I went onto 340 grit before varnishing with spray cans. I followed the grain direction for the last sanding.
Chassis flatted back with 120 grit.
So there are 2 groves in the horn, and I couldn't clean up the paint here, so I used wood colour epoxy car filler and sanded it back. I kept part of the grove though to keep the look intact.
I used water based paint stripper. The original paint is acrylic I think, with a white filler / primer underneath.
The lettering is CNC cut, so when I sanded the face down we have the white primer left, looks great.
So few more coats poly spray varnish on the wood, and 2 more coats gloss white on the chassis. And will be done. The first coat of poly raised the grain slightly, so I will lightly flat that off with 400 grit, and then 4-5 coats gloss poly spray on top.
What do you think? This kind of project, you have to throw away any chance of resale, which I have.