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    Default Quest Restoration Project

    And so it begins.

    Now that I know that the ML Quests that I saved from meeting their fate at the landfill function properly, its time for the full restoration. First step... the strip down and removal of the Nextel finish. I think I'd rather get a root canal... but here goes.

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    Moving to DIY subforum. Looking forward to your progress.. Good luck and thanks for sharing.
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    Phase 1 complete and not as bad of a task as I anticipated. For anyone wanting to take on the task of removing the Nextel finish... Denatured Alcohol is the key. Nextel dilutes when it comes in contact with it. Be prepared for a messy job, but not hard and as much fun as cleaning 50 greasy frying pans. I performed the task outside over top of a disposable plastic painters tarp. A couple saw horses, rubber gloves, eye protection, coveralls, coarse 3M Scotch Bright pads, couple gallons of denatured alcohol and a LOT of paper towels and your ready to go. The trick is; keep it wet and let the alcohol do the work. At first the Scotch Bright pad moves sluggishly over the Nextel and very shortly it will be gliding around in a diluted pool of Nextel. Mop it up with paper towels as you go and your on your way. It took me about 5 hours to do both boxes. The best part is that the alcohol dries fast, does not touch the factory primer and also does not attack the MDF board.

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    Onto the next step
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    Both boxes are now primed, prepped and ready for the spray booth.

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    Grill cover forms repainted and new grill cloth installed.

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    Decided to change the natural oak finish of the trim to a dark red oak.

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    Thanks for the write up of your progress so far,
    I will have to do the same after the new year, Nextel has gone white in places again.

    Good luck with the painting and putting everything back together..

    Cheers
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    Picture of new oak finish next to ESL panel. Nice!

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    Here is a sample of the new finish that the speaker enclosure is getting. Can't wait!!!

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    Beautiful side rails.. sweet.

    What color is that?? charcoal??
    What type of paint are you going to use?? automotive??

    It also looks textured

    Cheers
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    After having to back burner the project for a while, I finally got on top of it again and sprayed the boxes with a product called DuraTex. This paint was formulated for concert touring speakers that need a durable finish for rigorous use. It is a little challenging to work with, but the result is a satin textured finish that is as durable as a truck bed liner. You can achieve a wealth of textures finishes depending on the air pressure and material volume you are using at the spray gun. I was hoping for a fine texture and was very pleased with the results.

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the compliments!

    The color is a black satin textured finish by a product called DuraTex. It is made in Florida USA.

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    Awesome!!!
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    Well folks... this is it! The project is completed as of today! I am very pleased with the turnout. They look just as I envisioned. At this point I am attaching all new Velcro patches and all new closed foam Neoprene strips and re-assembling:
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    Finished!!!
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    Its been raining all weekend, but when the sun is out i will have to take some nicer pics of the finished product.

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    Yes... I have seen that, but thanks for sharing! Glad to know that I'm not the only wackadoo that invests so much time in such a project (lol).

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