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    Super Moderator. If my typing sucks it's probably because I'm driving.... turbocad6's Avatar
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    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.....


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    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....

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    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...

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    final wetsand is 2000 & then polish....

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    assembly....

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    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...

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    turbocad6,
    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.
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    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.
    thanks

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    Now can I post??

    Excellent write up. I would rep you but I can't.
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