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Souljassmooth I used to have JM focal utopia speakers with a black piano gloss finish. It was a challenge to not damage the surface. The best thing I found was Zaino Z-2 show car polish. It does not leave not a film, powder and has no abrasives or silicones. The other consideration is what to apply it with and subesequently wipe it off with. As you indicated the microfiber cloth (depending on the type) can leave swirl marks. I found that the cloths used to clean eyeglasses work really well. They are an ultra soft microfiber cloth used on plastic eyeglasses. I have never noticed any scratches using these specific cloths. (I also wear glasses). Another option would be to use a 100% soft cotton cloth. I must not have any polyester in the material since this will causes scratches.
The microfiber cloth I used is a kind used for cleaning ipad screens. Seemed like it shouldve worked fine. I also did a google search and the answers were not specific enough. Are speakers with automotive paint the same as a high gloss lacquer, as far as care goes? I thought it would be completely different. What do people with speakers like Sonus Faber Amati do? My speakers have a finish very similar to them.
Peter, that is part of my original question. Are other people with high gloss lacquer finish speakers doing anything, or just leavin it alone? If its normal, I'm not too worried about it, but if its an easy fix, then why not make them perfect. These lacquered finishes are becoming more popular. I actually prefer natural finishes with a semi gloss finish. Much easier to maintain. Any sonus faber users out there that care to respond? I use to own guarneri homages but never checked with the flashlight. Dynaudio is even using these finishes in their new confidence speakers
Make sure you remove all dust and dirt off your speakers first, before you use any kind of wax. I built a custom car for this guy, he spent more time cleaning it than driving it. Any little bit of dust on his ( 120 K ) toy drove him crazy. Ended up selling it, took a ( 60 K ) loss on it.
Life is way too short for trying to find swirl marks in anything.
I use only eyeglass or camera lens cleaning cloths, I did use baby diapers at one time. Use differant cloths for cleaning and polishing. I use 2 clothes for cleaning and 1 for polishing. I use the cleaner for flat screen TV's not windex. I totally wet the area down then take the first cloth and wipe only in one direction to get most of the cleaner off. I then take the second cloth and wipe only in the opposite direction. Never scrub the surface. If still dirty repeat. Only wipe down your speakers with a liquid on them even just water as dust has 8 cutting edges I heard. I then spray on an item called Plexus used for plexiglass and polish them as lightly as possible. You must polish immediately after cleaning each spreaker. Plexus will also fill small swirl scratches and protect them from happening.
I also ask people that come over to my house to please not touch the speakers as finger prints are worse than dust to get off.
Hevac1 - I took this off Dynaudio's web site
The Confidence Signature models are offered in either dark-brown Mocca or dark-red Bordeaux finishes. Each begins with a Birds Eye Maple natural wood veneer, which is stained Mocca or Bordeaux and then finished with a clear Gloss Piano Lacquer. The Mocca and Bordeaux finishes first ennobled Dynaudios 30-year anniversary model, the Sapphire, and are now exclusive to the Confidence Signature models.Per Wikipedia does it matter if it is solvent or water based? We have a an auto body shop in our auto group and they have switched to the water base recently. They only complain about color matching with certain colors otherwise they still recommending waxing it after curing.
The true Lacquer finish I am talking about has to do with solid color finishes. I consider a true solid color Lacquer finish as one that has the color pigment throughout. Lots can go wrong and is very expensive. Not one that the base is painted the required color then clear coated.
As in my previous reply Lacquers are not all the same.
Well I must have a good lacquer because I got my speakers in 11-11 and have put 4 coats of wax on them with no problems as far as looks or swirls. Yes out of the 5 pairs of signatures that came to the USA in the first shipment I got 1 pair 4 days after they arrived at the distributor.
That being said If I don't have a quality Lacquer what should I expect?
How would you know if you have a quality lacquer? I use to own second generation Dynaudio special 25's, and I had the same problem with them. They look perfect, but when you shine direct light on them, you can see the small scratches and minor imperfections. I never checked my pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri's I had a few years ago.
Taking care of a clear coat finish starts with one thing first - clean surface and clean cloths. Most dust is nothing more than tiny little bits of ground up rocks, so of course if they're rubbed into your finish, they're going to leave swirl marks. A clean microfiber will not leave swirls, but mircofibers are very good at picking up 'stuff' and holding them in the fibers. Keep your microfibers in a sealed bag, don't wash them with any other clothing, and only use them for a job once before they go back into the wash pile.
I personally like the blue Zymol for most waxing. It does have a mild cleaning agent that is swirl free, so it will remove that haze that can happen just from aersolized agents in the air settling on the paint ... and it's very easy on and off.
But what you use is really not as important as how you apply and remove it. Clean surface and clean rags!
There is no way to know the kind of finish you have untill you have to repair them. The thickness of the finish is very very thin no matter how it is done so do not worry about it and don't bang them. As for the swirls, everyone gets them over time there is no way to avoid them. They show more on solid colors than on wood grain but they are still there. I have had both solid and woood finish and both get the dreaded swirls sooner or later. As I stated earlier never dust them off without a liquid to minimize scratches.