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  1. If you saw earlier in this thread I asked that question. The consensus is that it wouldn't work well.
  2. The lacquer finish is very thin, and in my opinion does not protect the wood as well as a properly maintained oil finish does. I would have to work hard to scratch my Cornwall 2's. Keep in mind I have about 6 coats of oil on those speakers. Scratches on Lacquer tend to be very noticeable and pass right through the finish and can easily reach the raw wood.
  3. I I beg to differ.... My Cornwall 3's with a factory Lacquer finish and Heresy 4's with lacquer finish are far more susceptible to scratches than my Cornwall 2's that have a thick tung oil finish. In addition to this, I can add more layers of tung oil for additional protection to my Cornwall 2's. Cant do that with the lacquer finish.
  4. I understand that is the point of Lacquer, however Lacquer finishes are far more susceptible to scratches. Just trying to find a way to protect my finish.
  5. So based off what people are suggesting here, is it actually possible to use Watco tung oil on a lacquered walnut/cherry finish? I love my lacquered Cornwall 3's, but If there is a way I can protect them from scratches by applying a few coats of oil that would be awesome.
  6. The Tag shows CII-FB. Im assuming this means "Finished Black" or "Finished Birch"?
  7. Im surprised that this modification would not warrant a change in the crossover. the K-61 is a much larger horn than the stock CWII horn. Just curious, how is this possible?
  8. I have this pair of CW2's and my pair of CW3's. I will give you my listening impressions, but keep in mind these are stock CW2's with original caps and relatively new CW3's (2018). The 3's sound sharper for sure, and do put more of an edge on music than the 2's do. The 2's seem more dynamic to me and rich especially in the mid to high range. I can hear things in the 2's that I don't hear in 3's I can hear things in the 3's that I don't hear in the 2's. It might be a better test once I upgrade the caps in the 2's, overall I enjoy the sound of both pairs. These were the first grilles I have ever restored, so it was a learning process for me. I think the cane fabric from Crites helped, as it is not stretchable at all. I laid the fabric out on the floor, sprayed the whole front of the grille frame with 3M 77 spray adhesive and laid it on the fabric. It dried in a few minutes, then I worked on folding the sides in. There is a technique to it, I found that using too much glue made the drying time very long, and not using enough and it wouldn't adhere, so it was definitely trial and error but it came out great on both grilles so no complaints! Overall I would say this was about a 20 hour project - but with a lot of waiting time in between (chemical stripping dry time, each coat of tung oil takes 24hr to dry, etc)
  9. Hello all! I wanted to update this post with the finished product! These were originally black CWII's! After stripping all the paint and lightly sanding I applied 5 coats of Watco Tung Oil to the birch veneer. I then built risers for them and replaced the original black grills with Cane grill cloth from Crites and also applied a new Klipsch Cornwall Script logo. Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome, and the wife loves them almost more than the CWIII's next to them! I will try to post a couple of pics but can only post one at a time.
  10. I did not use steel wool. Sounds like I have birch veneer here! The grain on this veneer is not deep at all, so it wasn't difficult to sand it down past the paint. i used a fine sandpaper. I believe 320 grit, then moved to a 400 grit before applying tung oil. You can see in this picture (bottom side of the cabinet up) that i was experimenting with using tung oil as the finish on the bottom. I found that the veneer was reasonably thick on this speaker so sanding it down (gently and gradually) was not an issue and did not lead to any wearing of the veneer around the edges or anywhere else. Again, I was very gentle and used super fine sandpaper to do this. The side of the cabinet in this pic was stripped using citristrip but not yet sanded.
  11. From my understanding, they painted over many different types of veneers, especially on older speakers. Typically they would paint over any veneer that they determined had some sort of imperfection and then sell them as black speakers.
  12. First post here! I recently picked up a pair of black lacquer Cornwall II's from 1987. I wasn't thrilled with the factory black and decided to strip the black using Citri strip and then sand down the remaining paint to refinish the veneer underneath the paint using Tung Oil. My question is.... What kind of veneer is this? It currently has one coat of Tung oil on it so far. I will include a few different pics of the process from start to finish. Let me know what you think! I have multiple pics, will need to upload one at a time.
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