A dust cap, otherwise known as a “dust dome” plays a very important role in a car speaker, it is a gently curved cap that is fitted over the central hole of most loudspeaker diaphragms in either a concave or convex position. Small particles (which might cause rubs) and other pollution are kept out of the inner mechanics (such as the pole pieces and the voice coil).
Dust coverings can also help the voice coil assembly or the cone maintain structural integrity. Dust caps can be used as part of the acoustic design of the driver in various loudspeaker designs, either radiating or suppressing high-frequency radiation.
However, with a few simple tools, you can construct a speaker cap yourself.
- A notebook paper
- Rubber stamp with any ink
- And cutter [scissors or razor blade]
- Measuring tape
Steps To Follow On How To Make Your Own Speaker Dust Cap
Step 1: Drawing two circles
To begin with, measure your speaker cap and then draw two circles on a paper large enough to accommodate the diaphragm you measured.
Step 2: Make A Slit Between The Circles
Make a split between the two circles you made using the essential tools [pencil and ruler], making sure the slit divides the circles into four parts.
Step 3: Cut the Paper Circle
Now you must cut off the circles you drew in the previous stage, as well as the division line you drew; the division line plays a crucial function in the construction of the dust cap.
Step 4: Put ink on the stamp pad
After pouring the ink into the rubber stamp pad, coat the two paper pieces with it. Ink must not cover more than ¼ [quarter] of the paper, as this may cause problems when inserting them afterward. If necessary, apply ink to ensure that it is uniformly covered and allow it to dry.
Step 5 Remove the old diaphragm
Place your speaker in the correct position and remove the screw or whatever is holding the diaphragm or ring in place; save anything you’ve removed for when you’ll need it again.
Step 6: Inserting The Dust Cap
The inked paper should have dried by now. Pick it up and place it in your speaker. After that, make sure everything is perfect
Step 7: Replace the diaphragm
This is the final stage, where you’ll need to find the screw you kept in step five and use it to replace your speaker diaphragm. Also, you may need to make use of appropriate glue to get your speaker cap in place. Make sure the diaphragm is well fastened for effective speaker operation during testing
Why Make Your Own Dust Cap?
Making your own dust cap has a number of advantages which includes the following
They’re simple to make
One of the many advantages of manufacturing your own speaker dust caps is that you can do so with little effort and the correct equipment with as little time as you are happy to devote.
Choice of Size, material color, and Shape
When you design your own speaker dust cap, you have the freedom to choose the color, material, form, and size that you desire.
This is an excellent option for anyone who wants to decorate his/her home according to his/her personal preferences.
Your audio experience can be customized
Making dust caps allows you to customize your audio experience; at this level of customization, playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music will be a fantastic experience.
Make a dust cap with your own design
The most obvious reason to construct your own speaker dust cap is that it will help you obtain the style you desire. as well as customizing it to match your room’s decorations.
Another fantastic advantage is that you may build a speaker dust cap out of the material you have already. As a result, you will avoid incurring additional costs.
Materials to Make Speaker Dust Cap From
There are three common techniques to make a speaker dust cap.
Foam Rubber Method
This is a method for making your speaker dust cap more lightweight and portable for transportation
To attach it to the speaker, cut off a piece of foam rubber the same size as the dust cap. It is recommended to use a specialized speaker dust cap glue. for perfect result
Piece of Cloth Method
To employ this method, you’ll need a piece of cloth that’s significantly larger than the speaker. Sew the edges together after measuring the speaker and cutting out the shape of the dust cap. It is recommended that you choose a fairly thick fabric to avoid sound leakage or tearing.
Piece of Plastic Method
This is the finest method for anyone who wants a dust cover that is both sturdy and waterproof.
Cut a piece of plastic to the precise size of the speaker dust cap, then use a glue gun to adhere it to the speaker.
How to Fix a Dented Speaker Dust Cap
If your speaker dust cap is made of a paper-like material, you should do the following to replace or fix your dented dust cap.
- Detach the brush of the vacuum cleaner (if it has an aluminum telescope remove it, if it’s full of dust discard the bag in advance, and hopefully you have a powerful enough vacuum cleaner)
- For quick and comfortable access to your speaker, place it on a table with sufficient lighting.
- Start the vacuum cleaner and let the hose gently approach the speaker. Avoid touching the dust cap unless absolutely necessary until the dust cap takes its initial shape.
- Now it’s all about perseverance. Repeat step 3 as needed, go as close to the hump as possible without contacting the dust cap. Repeat for at least 1-2 minutes, and the lump will gradually fade away until it’s practically flawless.
- To assess the process, use your fingers very carefully. It can’t be done perfectly, but if you follow this strategy, you’ll get quite close.
Needles, tapes, pens, sticks, or other similar items are not recommended unless you’re certain you know what you’re doing.
To use a needle to repair a dented cap, follow this simple process:
- Prick the side of the dented speaker cap.
- Bend your pin slightly and gently raise the circumferences of the dented cap with the portion of the pin inside the cap.
- Do this uniformly in a circular manner till your speaker cap is close to its original shape.
This guide will assist you in many ways in making and removing a speaker dust cap on your own.
In conclusion, whichever method you choose to employ, you must ensure that the sound produced by the speaker is of the highest possible quality.