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    Actually, the glass idea came from NASA for surface finish. they got tired of repolishing flat aluminum tooling because of nicks, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    you can get a flat surface from it.

    You don't lay glass on the top, you use duraglass on the bottom for structural support, bondo the top to get the smooth surface, then lay your carbon fiber over that.

    I think he meant a piece of window glass to make it smooth. Not fiber glass. As for putting the glass on top, it will probably do the same thing as the Al. The epoxy in the carbon will flow down to the plywood. Unless you cook the stuff upside down. I don't think there's enough there to give it the clear glossy look you're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stkdidy ntshidy
    i scrapped the idea of doing a fiberglass buildup after realizing in a sample piece that i would never get a flat surface out of it.
    I was basing my response on this comment. Thinking the OP was trying to get some shape out of the enclosure rather than just a flat sided enclosure.

    As such, my response.
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    i've got a number of pics of my progress so far, but my home internet (at work right now) doesn't work atm. i will get those pics up as soon as i can.
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    sweet!

    can't wait to see them!
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    basic box assembly has begun. i only have the right side panel fibered at the moment, but it is glued to the assembly which includes the floorboard, middle support (left wall of sub enclosure), right carbon wall, and top board.

    i was recommended by Tap's Plastics (very knowledgeable shop) to get some clearcoat epoxy for covering the fiber because it wont turn yellow, and wet sands extremely glossy
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    Quote Originally Posted by stkdidy ntshidy
    i was recommended by Tap's Plastics (very knowledgeable shop) to get some clearcoat epoxy for covering the fiber because it wont turn yellow, and wet sands extremely glossy
    that's only if it's UV protectant epoxy. There is a difference, and yes, if you don't have it, it will turn a nasty yellow...unfortunately...

    Get some 600 grit, then 1500 grit, then 2000 grit paper, designed for wet sanding, as well as a block for wet sanding, and set up a bunch of towels in the living room on the floor in front of the TV and pop in a really good epic and have fun....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    that's only if it's UV protectant epoxy. There is a difference, and yes, if you don't have it, it will turn a nasty yellow...unfortunately...

    Get some 600 grit, then 1500 grit, then 2000 grit paper, designed for wet sanding, as well as a block for wet sanding, and set up a bunch of towels in the living room on the floor in front of the TV and pop in a really good epic and have fun....lol
    ya they made sure to tell me UV protective, or else it would yellow in 1-3 months.

    i was thinking 400grit, 800grit, then buff with one of those power car-detailing-polisher units and some car polish...but i def know what you mean as far as time involvement
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    if you're going to use one of those units, make sure it's a random orbit, not the cheap $30 unit you get at walmart or sears. The porter cable random orbit is considerd by many to be the best for detailing cars on the amature level.

    Else you will end up with nasty swirl marks.

    The car polish works well, I used it on mine. just start with a light grit, then go heavy, then back to light, being sure to use a dedicated pad for each grit.
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    i got a bunch more progress done, and am doing more today. i have about 10 pics of what ive done so far. ill post them up when one of the panels (cf) is done cookin so i can pose it in there too
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