Building the custom center console: a photo journal
Thought I'd post up my experience on customizing my center console since it's turned out very good. I should have taken a before pic, but I'll get one for my webpage if anybody is really that interested.
In image002 you can see how much of the center console I cut out. Just 1/4 inch remaining all around. Then I stretched pantyhose across to give me a flat curve. I just went around the edges with fiberglass resin.
In image013 you can see how well that turned out with the excess removed.
Didn't take a picture of incorperating the screen and frame I made for the processor and DVD-ROM. but I just proped it up and then brushed on the fiberglass resin from underneith and the screen frame and wood frame sitting on top. Side note on the wooden frame. Just went down to Micheal's and bought some small square dowels (terminology?) and glued together a frame to go around the components I wanted to incorperate into the dash.
Pantyhose with resin in it isn't all that strong, but enough to lay down the first layer of fiberglass mat and resin before building it up from the back. I however, did 3 layers and ended up with some bowing out of the fiberglass so I grabed the dremel and a grinding bit(image024) to take it back down.
In image014 is the first application of bondo. I did everything I could to keep a very flat surface so I bought the long scrapers from the auto store (image021) and the curved one for the concave curve section. Probably saved a ton of sandpaper too. Made the rough sanding relatively easy.