Care for Gloss black ?

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  1. canada16

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    Hey I just picked up some GX300- GXC-350 And GXFX from frank harvey hifi, great service BTW.

    How do I look after the set, as dont want any of those swirl marks ect.. on them.

    Thanks.
     
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    Very nice speakers.

    I'd look at some car cleaning products to keep them tip top myself.

    A nice super soft microfibre and a quick detailer would do the trick as at the end of the day its paint you're looking after!
     
  4. canada16

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    Thanks and thanks.

    Did not think you would be able to use car cleaning stuff on them?

    Been looking at how to clean piano's and they all recomend a good micro fiber cloth. But worried about acid from hands and cleaning them off, maybe like a very good spray polish or something.

    Who knows, I am new to gloss, as I am coming from walnut, just fancied a change.
     
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    You can use car substances, but bear in mind the product isn't intended to be used with speakers and for that purpose.

    As you said, either a quality spray or fine polish will clean them well, even better yet the manufactures cleaning kit.
     
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    Why would it not be intended for that?

    From watching video's on how they make speakers like the B&W 800 series they basically use polishing compounds and machine polishers that'd you'd use on car paint work.

    Something like this...

    Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray - Clean Your Car

    and a microfibre cloth would keep them in tip top condition and avoid marring the finish too much.

    They don't contain any acid's at all and I use quite a few car cleaning products around the house and have evened waxed my speaker stands!
     
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    It can be used for speakers, but in specific terms the product isn't designed to clean speakers. Thus, Monitor Audio make a substance that's intended to be used with speakers.

    Edit: For example: You can use high performance fuel in a petrol car, but it won't yield the best results in terms of fuel economy and can even cause problems. In the same way, you don't put diesel in a petrol car to vice versa.
     
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    I've had my piano black XTZ speakers for over a year now and haven't had to use anything other than a microfibre cloth every couple of weeks.

    Though they never get touched by small marmite covered fingers etc. :)
     
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    :laugh: I'm sure they do, and I'm sure they charge a pretty penny for it to! :facepalm:
     
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    The cost of a product doesn't make a difference against the suitability of a product. MA's cleaning substance is more pricey than a normal cleaning substance, but it won't be a lot more.
     
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    i believe that the monitor audio cleaning products r made by autoglym witch r the same as their car cleaning products but may be cheaper as not carrying MA branding :)
     
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    Of course it does when the product I linked to will do the job just fine!

    This is copied from the Monitor Audio website...

    "How do I get a shine back on my piano coloured speakers?
    When we send the speakers out to you we finish them off with 'Mer' car polish or 'T-Cut'. So if you want to get that out of the box shine use one of the two car polishes we use. Once you have polished them give them a quick light rub over with an anti-static duster to remove any dust that has accumulated on them after polishing."

    http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/support/faqs/

    So if MA use Mer or T-cut which is designed for use on car paint work then a bottle of detailing spray designed to be used on car paint work will be absolutely fine!
     
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    Ah thanks Acram_boy seems they use it, so surely they have tested it over and over.
     
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    There are some speaker makers that offer custom finishes that are indeed auto paint. Match the color of your Ferrari or Harley etc. So at the very least in those instances it makes sense to me that auto products would work. AFA "piano black" speakers I would think that polishes and cleaners made specifically for pianos would work very well. I've never compared pricing of it to auto polishes though.
     
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    Useful info here from the Piano Technicians Guild for cleaning and polishing pianos - some useful warnings

    Basic Finish Care
     
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    Thanks again, maybe I will buy a mini polisher, seems like a good idea, will do it every few months or so, and use a micro fibre cloth every week to get rid of the dust.
     

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