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    This is all I could find.







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    what did you used to blend together the display with the dash???

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    I used superglue to attach screen frames and radio bezel together.

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    I used duramix 4040 and 4056. If I was to do it again, I'd just use 4056.

    Here's a tip if you're curious. Cut a hole in the bezel slightly larger than the screen you're trying to mold in. Cover the front side with masking tape and then position the screen in the hole. Now fill in the gaps with whatever type of filling agent you plan to use (bondo/fiberglass/duramix) Once it dries peal the masking tape off and you'll have a flush surface. With Duramix, if you do it right, you won't even have any shallow spots to fill in.

    Here's why I chose Duramix

    Pros:
    - Fast dry to sand time of only 5 minutes
    - it is plastic, so no surface transition to worry about.
    - smooth solid surface when dried
    - very liquid at first so it can easily fill small cracks

    Cons:
    - Expensive ($40 a tube)
    - New tip needed each time (tips aren't expensive... but still)
    - work time of only 60 seconds
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    Today I sprayed some filler over the bezel and checked how it looks. I also took some new photos. As you can see I still have some work to do.
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    Wow, looks good!
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    a small question...i have a e39 and would like to have a go at this...i have a bezel wich i woul transform :



    when i measure the bezel it has a hight of 12cm...but when i look at all available touchscreens (xenarc, lilliput, etc) they all measure 12.5 and upwards...

    how does this work the to integrate the front panel of the touchscreen in the bezel? or are the measurements they give on the box not right?

    thanx

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    I think that the measurements are incorrect. You can use that bezel but you have to cut your screen frame just as I did. You can also use bondo to increase the height of the bezel. Your radio bezel is too short anyway to fill the hole that orginal cd+midi leaves.

    I ordered orginal radio flap and the plan is to integrate that flap into bezel. Let's see how it looks.

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    Yes, I had to extend mine as well to fit the entire gap.
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