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    Fabrication for lcd

    Hi All,

    Im going to be trying to make my screen look more factory, so wanted peoples advice on what products to use to achieve this.

    The pics below kindoff shows my issue




    So i effectively need to extend the existing piece of dash to come out and enclose the screen.

    My plan:

    Cut screen size piece of MDF and fix it in place of the screen
    Then use something to build up around it.

    Expanding foam/epoxy/ABS/Fibreglass??

    Advice appreciated as always.

    Rapture

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    i typically see recommendations for using ABS sheeting-- if you wanted to do some plastic welding..

    but it does depend on the base plastic type.. there should be a logo on the inside/back of the factory bezel. i think that is what most need to tell you if ABS sheeting is what you need.

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    Thanks soundman,

    Am visiting a place tomorrow hopefully that supplies a whole host of fabrication materials, so will let you know what i come up with.

    Regards

    Rapture

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    I'm no expert, but I feel like duraglass would be appropriate for something like that. It is almost like a thick version of bondo, but it also contains short strand fiberglass within the mix. I used it to fill some gaps on the screen bezel I'm working on...

    On mine I just trimmed down both the dash piece and the screen housing until they fit together reasonably, mated the two of them with some superglue, and then used duraglass to bind them more permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFCommanderBob View Post
    I'm no expert, but I feel like duraglass would be appropriate for something like that. It is almost like a thick version of bondo, but it also contains short strand fiberglass within the mix. I used it to fill some gaps on the screen bezel I'm working on...

    On mine I just trimmed down both the dash piece and the screen housing until they fit together reasonably, mated the two of them with some superglue, and then used duraglass to bind them more permanently.
    Duraglass by itself tends to crack, I know this from years of fabricating experience, however if you use the duraglass to fill it, sand it down to the desired shape, then cover the whole bezel with fiberglass woven matting and resin the results will look amazing, however for this application i would be leaning more towards what soundman mentioned and that would be using ABS, if you heat it you can mold it into any shape you desire, weld the pieces together sand then paint.

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    ^1 more for abs plastic welding. Bondo will crack.

    (But all this effort to look OEM...why the carpet? Not oem looking at all...just MHO)

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    a couple reasons for dash mats-- 1. minimize audio reflections off the dash. 2. cover up a nasty crack/sunfaded area. 3. prevent sunfade. 4. personalize the car.

    both 1+2 are a high possibility for use of a dashmat in my car in a couple of years-- eclipses are known for having a very brittle dash..

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    Thanks for the comments guys,

    Agree dashmats are not that attractive, but most cars in Oz have them with the sun blazing for most of the year here in Perth they are quite useful.

    Main reasons here:

    *Dashboards absorb/hold the heat like anything, the dashmat help significantly
    *Faded dashes, or even worse partially faded dashes look really bad, devalue the car etc..

    ---------- Post added at 10:41 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:39 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    ^1 more for abs plastic welding. Bondo will crack.

    (But all this effort to look OEM...why the carpet? Not oem looking at all...just MHO)
    This is an official Toyota Dashmate

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    I stand corrected then!

    ( Still don't like them one bit! )

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    +1 on dashmats in Perth Australia, every one of my cars has one, and its massively necessary

    I think most car yards add em into the cars as standard nowdays here, its hard to find a car without one...but I guess you get that living under a hole in the ozone layer

    Rapture, check out a couple of wreckers and see if you can source a second vent panel for your model car, at least that way you can really go to town on it without worrying about wrecking the stock one.

    It might be worth having a chat to some of the plastic welders in perth who do bike fairing repairs and mods, they are pretty gun on abs sheetwork and welding, if you get stuck fire me off a PM, and I can check with a couple of people to see what they think.

    Let us know how you go, my install was much easier than yours as I was just doing the usual 7 inch moulded into a double din unit, so no heavy fabrication needed. Love to see the end result up close though (I'm north of the river).

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