So I have been meaning to get around to this for a long time. I have been driving around with the lilliput buttons just hanging by the ribbon cable. Here's the screen in the car (before):
Here's the project:
Now I'm just waiting for the epoxy to dry, then I'll give Bondo a try for the first time
do yourself a favor and pop out the red transparent lens now. Take a flathead to take off the lillput. Did you sand the botton panel before u epoxied it>?
Thanks for the suggestions. This is my first attempt at any kind of bezel work. Here was my general plan of attack. Is this the right idea?
- Trace the button bezel onto the bottom plate and cut it out with a dremel (done)
- Use the scrap piece of plastic that was cut out of the bottom plate to create a "backing" for the button panel (so that it stands up at a 45 degree angle) (done)
- Fill in the largest gaps with scrap plastic (done)
- Tack the button panel in place with some CA glue (done)
- Sand down the surfaces to be epoxied (whoops, forgot, will redo this tomorrow)
- Epoxy all the way around to fill in the gaps
- Sand down the epoxy and all areas to be Bondo'd
- Use Bondo, mostly around the left and right ends, to make a nice "pod" looking shape, round out the edges, etc
- Sand and repeat Bondo application until it looks snazzy.
- prime (necessary?) and paint with some texture paint (what kind to use?)
everything looks sound, but instead of tacking in with CA glue, you need to totally glue it in with CA, sand it down with 80 grit, then epoxy it, sand it down then filler
you will have to price to see the defetcs in the primer, then fill those with spot putty, use SEM texture
Thanks again for the advice! Now that it's halftime, I can post the pictures from attempt #2:
Took all of the epoxy off
Sanded and reapplied the epoxy
Gave it a little less of an angle, and a little more room under the front lip this time
Lessons learned from epoxy:
- Take your time and go slowly, with multiple smaller batches
- Let gravity be your friend, use the dripping to your advantage
I think I did a much better job this time around
First round of sanding the epoxy done. I think I have the general shape that I want. Now I'm just going to fill it in and smooth it out with Bondo.