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    Screen Finishing with no bondo. Need a "spot puddy" of sorts

    Alright, two nights ago I decided to redo my screen. I was pretty happy with my install before, but it didn't look as OEM as I wanted because there were a few gaps and also the screen was angled upwards due to the curvature of the civic's dash. WHen I originally put it in, I thought I would angle it up to be the perfect viewing angle, but then stupidly I didn't take into effect that I will be sitting when viewing it and not hovering above it! So everything was fine but the really light spots of images were inverted sometimes. So I ripped it out and started with a fresh screen and sorta fresh extra dash piece.

    The pictures below display what I have now after about 4 hours worth of work. I am becoming happier with it, but I need something to fill in the little gaps. I was thinking along the lones of that wood filler stuff. Something that is black to begin with or can be dyed black so I do not have to paint. The entire reason for going this route is because Bondo and I are fierce enemies.

    What I did was take a double din metra kit and cut it up. Then I glued it around the screen. I have no power tools so I used some pliers and an exacto to get the shape correct-ish.

    Then the for the gaps I am slowly filling it with "Plasti-dip" which is fluid rubber that becomes gellatinous in about a minute, and completely hard within 4 hours. The thing is I don't know what I should then use to fill the small holes with that are going to be left. The uneven parts. It is useable right now, but I would like something more refined.

    So basically some sort of putty or coloured filler or something. Nail Filler? Black caulking?

    It really doesn't look as bad in normal light, but I tried to get the worste shot I could for these pictures. When looking at it from the passenger/driver seats, it is not so bad I promise!



















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    I would guess both parts are ABS plastic.

    You could use the ABS sludge method - ABS plastic shavings mixed with acetone to form a thick sludge. Fill, let dry/harden then sand until your arm falls off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daregone View Post
    I would guess both parts are ABS plastic.

    You could use the ABS sludge method - ABS plastic shavings mixed with acetone to form a thick sludge. Fill, let dry/harden then sand until your arm falls off.
    But after sanding comes primer and paint... That's a no no...
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    You're smart for not wanting to bondo/sand/prime/paint but I don't know what other options you really have if you want it to look OEM. Though I am currently in the middle of the bondo part of the fabriaction and its completely hell. I just don't think I am cut out for all this sanding. Any suggestions you might have I would definitly appreciate it.

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    The pictures I have really make it seem bad, but it isn't. That's what I get for using a 8megapixel camera!

    It really does look fine the way it is, but one you get close and personal with it, it starts showing like the pictures.

    Like I said just some simple mail puddy maybe. Tomorrow I am going to try and hobble over to Home Depot and see what they have...
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    i think i might have some leftover black alumilite. you could build a small little clay dam around the work area, and clay it from the back to plug any leaks, and just pour in the alumilite. it's very similar to black abs in color and texture, especially when sanded smooth. but that stuff is almost water thin so it should leave few if any discernable breaks in the material.

    if you ever want to make the trek up to i25 & dry creek i'll be glad to help you at my shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    i think i might have some leftover black alumilite. you could build a small little clay dam around the work area, and clay it from the back to plug any leaks, and just pour in the alumilite. it's very similar to black abs in color and texture, especially when sanded smooth. but that stuff is almost water thin so it should leave few if any discernable breaks in the material.

    if you ever want to make the trek up to i25 & dry creek i'll be glad to help you at my shop.
    That alumilite looks pretty cool. Not sure if I would be very good at it, but it looks like it is the stuff! Maybe I should ripout the rubber and just use this stuff...

    I-25 and DryCreek? Is that by Arapahoe Rd? I know that place because of "The Shane Company. Now you have a friend in the diamond business. Located far south from Denver and easy to find. Just 1/4 mile east on Arapahoe Road..."



    That guy us everywhere! But yeah that would be cool. I don't know when I really have time to drive all the way up to Denver. What times are your shop open?
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    i usually finish up around 5, so anytime after that... weekends are probably best because i don't have to contend with normal work.

    You know, the alumilite is so thin that I think it will adhere fine to any roughed up surface. Sands like a dream... I've only ever used it for mass casting, but it seems like such a tough, urethane-like material, i have a hard time imagining it won't work for what you're doing. It certainly has some flex to it in thinner sections so cracking shouldn't be an issue.

    in any case, you'll be happy to know I'm denver's newest Honda convert. I just traded in my corolla for the '07 Si 4dr on saturday, so I'll be brainstorming ideas on how to re-plop in all my equipment too!

    pm me if you want to set a date.
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    try using some thing like sem plastic weld to fill the areas, or any type of bumper repair mtrlsand everything fist, its not that hard to re do the entire piece, after you fill and sand the voids with the weld spray the entire piece with a builder primer, just to get a good look at everything sand and spray until it flawless then you have a couple choices, crinkle spray, doesnt look to bad, SEM texture coat(experiment with it for a while befor you spray the actual piece youll find that a couple light coats at a distance works, you can also just use the builder primer at a distance for texture, then spray it with a satin looking black, of it you need a color use SEM color coat or you local paint supply shop can make you a spray can of color matched pain.

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    Yes, all that will work, but the goal is no painting, no sanding...

    I know, impossible almost. This weekend hopefully we can get it sorted.
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