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    Quote Originally Posted by mangina24
    Very similar to the ashtray from an eclipse/talon actuall. I've been planning on doing the same thing, instead of the touch screen idea. I like this idea better, plus it's less expensive. Where did you buy that touch panel?

    Anyone know of any other places that sell usb touch pads?

    I ordered the Touch pad from www.chumbo.com

    It's made by a company called Cirque. They are very easy to use and have right-click features built right into the touch pad. No button needed. USB or Serial.

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    Here are some pics of my ash tray with the touch pad in place. I still need to finish sanding a smooth edge. Other than that, fits like a glove. The Dremel is defintely a necessity tool for everyone. Although, I will admit there's an art to it. I haven't figured it out yet. So don't make fun of my bad cuts. I'm learning! Tips are always appreciated.

    Here are a couple of pics of the work in progress.
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    Here are the current pics. Keep in mind I still want to finish this off so that it looks super clean. Any tips on creating a smooth rounded edge? I left room to cut and shape the beveled edge.
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    For the bevel I'd say use sandpaper around 400 grit, wrapped around something small and square like a 9V battery and don't rush it. Looks like it's coming along good though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    For the bevel I'd say use sandpaper around 400 grit, wrapped around something small and square like a 9V battery and don't rush it. Looks like it's coming along good though!
    Thanks. Should I try and fill the cuts and scratches with a bondo like filler and work from there?

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    Bondo? Probably not. Then you would have to paint over the whole thing. If the cuts and scratches aren't past where you want to end up, then sanding down to to take them out would be best.

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    Here's what it looks like after a little sanding with 220. I'll move up to 400 when I'm getting close to finish. This is time consuming, but worth the time and energy. Not as hard as I had anticipated. I'm using an Xacto knife (without blade). Seems to be working. Thanks for the tip.
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    looking good. Are you having any problems opening and closing? as for smoothing down the edges i suggest some hand sanding. Trying to do it with the dremel is a problem waiting to happen. You might also want to take apart the cover while your working on it. Tips for the dremel depend on the surface your working on. Certain plastics are harder than others. Once you get a feel for cutting it you will know which rpm range is best without having wobbling or any melting. Also you should use a small cutting wheel to get more precision and stability. -- hope that helps a little

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    I dont think you should use bondo. It would be ok if the surface wasnt textured, but since it is, untextured bondo will look out of place. If you could somehow match the texture and color perfectly then bondo would be ok. OR you can just go ahead and bondo up the whole thing and smooth it down. But i think that should be your last resort in case you mess screw something up.

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    I guess 400 grit would have taken a week. :-) I think ABS plastic looks best when it's rough but not like you can see the angle it was sanded. That 220 looks pretty good. The reason for wrapping it in something big and square is to get the sides more flat. You just push down harder on the side that needs more work. On mine, I cut it straight and have the pad flush with the top because I was scared I would mess up really bad doing a bevel like that.

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