Okay, yes I have read over other posts, and I've gotten quite a bit of information out of them, but I was hoping to be able to get more project specific details/help if I run into any issues..
Now onto the project, the vehicle is a 02 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS. I plan to fiberglass my center console and build in a switch panel as well as having LED/neon lights that are recessed and cant quite tell that they are there and possibly something I will outline below if anyone knows how to do it.. I also have future plans on fiberglassing my dash and moving my climate control panel up and moving my stereo down and putting it in at an angle to be more functionable/readable.
Now the part that confuses me is how I will create it. I don't want to use the current center console as the mold because well I don't like it. And thats the reason why I am doing this completely custom and from scratch. How would I do the actual fiberglassing/molding/everything?
Also does anyone know how to create this kind of look? I'd love to be able to know how to create this sort of look, not too sure where I'd use it yet, but just generally knowing how would help me out quite a bit.
Thank you in advance for replies and help
Are you planning to do it yourself? it takes a while to learn how to do it and then comes the creativity part of it. I've built over a half dozen consoles, and for me what has worked is patience, and not being cheap about it. My newest creation, 80% cost me over $500 to make. I wanted to make something not OEM-looking, but not like some of those huge fiberglass monsters out there with speakers sticking out everywhere.
The most basic consoles can be built out of a wood mold.
My next model is going to have an aluminum skelleton and a carbon-fiber skin.
The low budget model ! 2005 F-150
- -Custom fiberglass console, CB,Interfaced OBDII
- -In-dash multimedia w/ bluetooth
- -Piconet PAN & Wifi Edge internet
- -Advantech relay board, Pololu microcontrollers w/servos
- -Embedded Axim palmtop w/backup GPS
Thank you for the links, I think I finally figured out and placed several links together to kind of be a how to for myself.. Maybe whenever I try that out I can writeup a how to possibly..
But yes I will be doin the project myself as I want to have it how I look and its not a hard job its relatively smooth and just a center console.. but whenever I get onto the dash then I will be moving things around hopefully..
Also another question, I was wondering if anyone knew how to build in a "radio cover" like what some of the newer cars have.. that you can just pull down and close over your radio I know the navigator and some scions have it. I was hoping I could build that into the car as well, but I've looked for ways to do it, maybe the best way would be go out to a junkyard and take apart one from a scion or navigator.. But if anyone has some insight into this, that'd be awesome.
Even if you fab a new piece, its the same deal. After fiberglassing, filling, sanding, sanding, and sanding... painting with high gloss/color sanding/and clear coating will get you that finish.
thanks djvillar for bumping this, i have been thinking about how to get the lighted logos to work, and keep forgetting to post..
note: this is what i have worked out in my head, and i have not done any of this, so take it all at face value..
(i am planning to do the skyline mod to my tails this summer, or at least when it warms up.. and i feel confident that i understand the concepts, just haven't made it a reality.. btw, you on club3g? i'm curious about the rest of your car )
and on a different subject, where did you find those pics? i can't seem to find any others to get a better idea of how a mod like that is done..(so naturally, i now want to try it on something..)
here's what i can some up with-- use plexiglass, either smoked acrylic, or clear with a coating similar to vht niteshades(which, from what i have been told, is basically just a 25% paint/75% clearcoat mix)
the best way to get clean crisp lighting would be to either use EL sheets, or edge-light the acrylic with wide angle led's (radio shack is expensive, but their 4-pin superflux's would work great for this), and frost the back of the acrylic, so it catches the light and sends it forward..(i have yet to try it, but i believe you could custom frost your own acrylic using standard wet-sanding techniques)
from there, you form the piece of acrylic to the rest of the workpiece, and fab it in with standard plastic filler/primer practices.
for paint, just mask off the raw acrylic with the pattern/logo you want, lay down your paint, pull the mask off, hit it real quick with some sandpaper to knock down the paint edge, and finish with a couple coats of clearcoat, maybe with some sanding in the middle to better hide the logo mask lines..
of course this would only be for black parts..
i imagine you could custom mix your own partial shade of any color paint to make a color-matched version of the vht stuff for any other colors, but i haven't tried it..
Last edited by soundman98; 02-27-2011 at 12:51 AM.
My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
"The Project That Never Ended, until it did"
next project? subaru brz
I found it off of fiberglassforums under fab how to, but it was posted a few years back and just bumped recently, and I'm guessing another way you can do it is fiberglass the part/whatever your doing and then flush mount it and bondo it into place and paint over it with a mix of the actual paint along with clearcoat too..
But I am on 3g but I don't have like anything done to my car other than a headunit and memphis speakers and no subs or anything yet, but I have quite a few plans for the interior of the car and I'm going to be starting building up just a small fiberglass switch panel probably this week..
okay, here it is:
1. cut out the shape from the plastic
2. tape off the front
3. turn over and fill the void with a clear polyester resin. I just did a quick search and found this: www.tapplastics.com
4. let this cure and sand the back to get the frost finish.
5. sand the front working up to a 1200 grit finish... the final clear coat with bring back the gloss.
tape the area to remain clear/lit and paint the rest.
6. no clear coat the entire piece and light from behind
Here are where I get my LEDs:
Here's a video where the guy covers carbon fiber with clear resin then works up the grit to get back the shine:
work up to final shine
Hope this gets you there.
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Also you can make your own wide angle LEDs. Take regular ones and sand them down flat till you get just before the lit part. sand down the last port with a high grit (1200) to get the clear back. This will diffuse the lens and get you a 140 even spread.
i did something similar for my corvette install but it never saw the light of day. here was my work flow.
acrylic panel, painted with a few coats of black then laser etched on the paint side. this removes the black paint with out having to worry about tape marks. then flip it over and either kick it down with spray tint or a film. you can also paint the back with white if you want an oem button look too.
do some searches on how people make flight simulators and you'll get some good ideas
here were the two versions that i was playing with, one was totally stealth with capacitive buttons and the other was an a push button style