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Thread: factory finish iphone mount fabbed into dash - 97 4runner

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    factory finish iphone mount fabbed into dash - 97 4runner

    Well, this is my first attempt at using epoxy, epoxy putt and glazing putty EVER, so I guess the title is misleading as I was attempting at a factory finish

    I'm very happy with the fit as well as functionality and the looks at night .. but unfortunately I'm still learning to work with the glazing putty and will definitely sand it down and have another go at it in the near future for a better final painted finish!

    any tips on getting a better finish is greatly appreciated!

    BTW, thank you Nexson (Brian) for your awesome work, pointers and inspiration, you are the FAB man!!! hopefully I will be as half as good as you when I grow up

    Stock 97 4runner dash



    My Stock Dash, when I first picked up my dirty 97 4runner with 500,000 KM on her!


    - Cut out left vent and cup holder (really dumb pull out dahs cup holder that had coffee spilling all over the place, and I installed 99 4runner center console cup holder )
    - epoxied in plastic filler and iphone dock


    - epoxied in plastic filler (piece of cup holder I cut out) above dock where vent was


    - used epoxy putty to fill in gaps as well a large build up above dock
    - taped iphone and jammed it in dock against putt and let dry to form iPhone shaped mold
    - pried out iPhone and peeled off tape


    - Sanded epoxy putty with 220 grit sand paper (dry)


    - first coat of bondo glazing putty (sanded with 400 grit sand paper dry)
    - did this 3 times
    - also filled a few larger holes and straightened out the line under the dock with some more expoxy putty


    - Primed with filler primer ( 3 coats and then some more bondo epoxy putty and 400 grit sanding before 4th coat)


    - close up after 3rd coat of filler primer


    - 4 coats of trim black spray paint
    - poor quality iphone pick that I'll retake tomorrow and post!
    - car charger in back will run directly to uninterrupted battery power
    - audio in from Pioneer deck ran in back to the dock

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    That looks like its removable.

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    awesome job for just starting with epoxy
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    Quote Originally Posted by m35x_touareg View Post
    That looks like its removable.
    The iPhone is definitely removable if that's what you mean! I basically just mounted and extended an iPhone doc.

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    Looks lopsided. Is it straight up and down?
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    Congratulations! excellent job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    Looks lopsided. Is it straight up and down?
    yes it's a little crooked to the left , that I will probably leave as it doesn't bother me too much, but the finish bothers me so I will definitely be sanding and filling and repaint soon!

    man I didn't think the lopsidedness was that noticeable

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    Quote Originally Posted by racorbit View Post
    man I didn't think the lopsidedness was that noticeable
    members of this forum are some of the most picky people in the world, one centimeter to the left will be noticable
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
    members of this forum are some of the most picky people in the world, one centimeter to the left will be noticable
    We prefer to be called perfectionists....

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    Its because you can see a gap on the right side...so it looks like its leaning a lot to the left...no need to go crazy, just bulk up the right side a little bit and it should look great.

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