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    Audi 80 DashBoard Fabrication

    Hey. so i finally got the amount of info/time/money that i needed to start the project of rebuilding my Dash Board.. i desided to make it with poly foam, then polyester, and then cover it up with black leather.
    Progres So far :
    After cutting some of the edges.. they where holded together by metal, so after cutting them the dash became prety unstable
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    Having added foam: (prety much looks like crap )
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    Started Sanding the Foam. as new air vents i am using , used Audi A5 vents.

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    Added the Fiberglass:
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    After long time i'm finally near done, so i guess i have to update aFTER ALLOT of sanding the fiberglass looked like that :
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    After that, i had it on a friend to plant the leather. after he glued it with diesel glue (Although it would be best if it was also stapled...)
    here it is after it was ready : (the air vents are from audi A5, bought from ebay)
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    So all thats left is the consloe (witch i need some buttons from ebay to complete. gonna order enxt month ) and the plexiglass - backlight (blue) details.
    I removed the light bulp from the vents and used a blue led :
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    Since there will be backlight behind the plexiglass, i needed it to be removed easy to fix the leds, if broken etc. but plexiglass cant be screwed... so i had this idea : Cut a hole in the dashboard. Glue a wooden part behind the plexiglasss ( with a STRONG glue ) and then screw the dash with the wood . pics:

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    and the result
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    finnally i buildeed up the main console and the cup holder. All the plexiglasses where painted withgloss acrylic spray. Its not Perfectly smooth, but i couldent find enithing better And scratch proof here...
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    And so it is done. When put in the car it looks like that :

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    So there. Please let me know what you guys think about it!!

    Some feedback though. Although plexglass is nice, it gets scartched, and fingerprints on it, too damn easy. so if you want something that dosent need care, go with something else :>
    Leather feedback. I used hard leather to be sure of its quallity. But, as i found out, the only actuall diference, is that leatherette would be much eaiser to bend and take the shape of the dash AND it would glue very much easier... If you go with leather, DO NOT FOR ANY REASON stick with just glue (of any kind). you will have to use an air-stapler, in places not seem, so that it gets a steady grip. its the only actuall way of holding it. the places where mine is glued , when left in sun for 3hours, unglued at once but is no problem since it cant be seen with the eye anyway
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    Is that the "great stuff" expanding foam from Home Depot? The resin didn't melt it?

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    bahh , i leave in greece.. i dont even know what "great stuff" is :P i used polyourethane foam (the one that expands after u use it , yes). fiberglass normaly dosent melt it, but for extra protection u can cover it with painters or duck tape like i did!

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    Florist's foam the fine pore green blocks, does not melt with fiberglass resin, we used that and plastercine to make the flanges on molds in fiberglass fender shop.

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    updated!

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    So, I need a suggesion here: Imagine THIS as my main console:
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    But imagine it, all covered up with Black gloss plexiglass. The 3 bick circles are where the climate control unit is. the 4 smaller ones are for the cars switches (i will be using those : Name:  $(KGrHqFHJBEE8e3,qg6(BPIsMqfhu!~~60_58.JPG
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    But as you can see there is plenty of space left. the poosition of the switches is not yet finall, since i w8 to see if i can put anything else in there. The easy answers would be A cup holder, or a cd player for the pc. But i find both not so usable.... Any suggestions are apriciated!!

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    finally done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by settra View Post
    So, I need a suggesion here: Imagine THIS as my main console:
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    Its ok. i have finished it anyway

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