at this point the bezel is hard like plastic, I use a black finish that is designed for exterior automotive trim... it is durable, doesn't fade, & is not too shiny & not too flat... a nice matte black finish.....
a few wet coats & now we really start to see where we stand.... one big mistake most guys make is there afraid to go backwards... if you spray the piece & see low spots, or high spots, it's perfectly ok to let it dry, & then sand it & shape it more... I had a few contours that didn't look right, & a few dips that were only visable with a wet coat of black paint.... just dry & sandthrough.... shape........ paint it again...... sand it again taking as much material off as necissary to get a perfect finish..... paint again.... at this point the paint is also acting as a filler, as well as a guide coat... if you have enough patience & are critical enough to be able to see & acknowledege the flaws, & keep shaping... evenually you'll get a perfect finish......
once I have my perfect finish, it then to be even more perfect, should be wetsanded & polished.... I wetsanded it once with an agressive 600, shaping & removing minor flaws several more paint coats, again agressive 600 sanding & perfexting even further..... then, when the piece is just perfect, wetsand with 2000, then hand polish..... buff to a glass finish.... this paint isn't a high gloss paint, & when it is polished it loos exactly like ... well..... plastic.....
first shot is right before paint, notice how much the primer is sanded off... depending on the paint, you may want to do a final primer & not break through it for paint, with the paint I'm using it's not a problem because there is excellent adhesion, & I know I'm going to be sanding more & spraying more, I will use the paint for my final fill too....
I use infrared lighting to speed curing... only in the initial stages though, to not over shrink the final coats.... they'll do better not being forced...
a lot of wetsanding... basically you don't stop until it's perfect...
final lcd mounting, as promised... I heated the heads of the screws I used to mount the lcd, so they would be positively positioned & the key slot from the screw helps to avoid these turning loose & to perfectly position these for epoxy...
then a bit of liquid epoxy.... this is strong enough to support the lcd, the touchscreen, & even the tiny touchscreen controller...
I have to say this is one of the best fabrication write ups I have seen. Combined with the pictures it makes it an excellent guide. This thread should become a sticky. It is just that good.
The teaser pics look fantastic. I am sure that your mate will be extremely happy and very impressed with your work.
Fantastic.. I've been tring to do something similar with mine.. but Ive gone about it a few different ways, and I havent liked how they have turned out..
I may have to try this way.
Now can I post??
Excellent write up. I would rep you but I can't. :p