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Thread: HOWTO: Building a removable LCD screen bezel and mount

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcc
    Very cool. Though the link to the word file does not seem to work... Any chance you would fix that? Please?
    Seems to work for me. (Both clicking the link and right-click Save As). PM me with your email address and I will email it to you.

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    Now where do you find Fiberglass reinforced Bondo?
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    I think bodo is pretty cheap.. most autostores probably have it... like autozone or pepboys...
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    Try This for paint...

    You said --

    "For the final painting, I tried to use some 'wrinkle paint' I found at the auto parts store. It produced a very cool kind of finish, but it was inappropriate for the interior of my car."

    I would suggest using a spray can of paint designed for the truck bed (spray on liner). This has the perfect texture you were going for. I use it for all my screen bezels. Not to mention it's tough as nails.

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    VERY VERY NICE, might try that on my friends 525i.
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    hey looks kicken but i would paint the top half silver so it looks stock then your really in there

    but good tut. now i got ideas

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    paradox: Well both the factory radio and the factory navigation screen that go in that area are black stock. Unfortunately, if I painted it silver, it would look like silver paint. That silver on the dash is not just painted plastic. It's actually brushed aluminum metal, which has it's ups and downs -- upside is that it looks and feels awesome; downside is that it's impossible to match with paint, and it picks up dirt/grease from your hands really bad on the door handles, but I finally figured out how to clean it -- Wheel cleaner!

    BMW used to have a dash finish called "Matte Chrome" that was painted/dyed plastic that was possible to match with paint. A fellow on bimmerforums.com modded an 8" LCD (non carpc) like this and it turned out awesome.. the advantage of matte chrome!



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    NNNiiiiiiiiicccccccceeeeeee !! :-)

    building/configuring & powering a carPC is one thing, taking it to the next step of making it a permanent feature that looks real pretty is quite another. just when i was starting to run aground this thread turns up. thanks for the info, this is invaluable, its given me all sorts of ideas i wouldnt have had otherwise. well done.

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    I am impressed... maby you can help me tih 2000 Celica dash?

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    how did you worked with the foam?

    gork how did you shaped the foam?I'm trying to do a bigger panel than yours but I have lots of big bubbles of foam.how can I avoid that?tnx

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    I used a hacksaw, files, and x-acto knives. Pretty much anything that can cut it will.. A serrated knife of any sort (like a steak knife) will work for rough cuts.

    People who shape large peces of foam generally use hot knives and grinders. A hot knife is a tool that is basically has a cutting wire that gets really hot when current goes through it. They will cut through foam like it was butter and leave a nice edge... Shouldn't be necessary for this scale project though..
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