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    FLAC is for flaccid parksgm's Avatar
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    This may be a dumb question, but why go to the trouble of adding material to "make" a lip?

    It seems that the existing vertical slats could be cut off flush with the horizontal surfaces, leaving a significant "lip" without the addition of any material, and the cut surface could then be sanded smooth.

    Then, the desired depth of the "lip" could be achieved simply be varying the mounting depth of the wire grille: mouting the grille toward the front of the car would leave less lip, while mounting the grille further to the rear would expose more lip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parksgm View Post
    This may be a dumb question, but why go to the trouble of adding material to "make" a lip?

    It seems that the existing vertical slats could be cut off flush with the horizontal surfaces, leaving a significant "lip" without the addition of any material, and the cut surface could then be sanded smooth.

    Then, the desired depth of the "lip" could be achieved simply be varying the mounting depth of the wire grille: mouting the grille toward the front of the car would leave less lip, while mounting the grille further to the rear would expose more lip.
    I believe that is what he is doing. But the stock lip isn't thick enough for the look he is going for. It seems that he wants to expand it to a 1/2 inch.

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    i usually get too much lip.
    Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

    Worklog for my 2007 Civic Si ...f*** it...
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    Need to make something? Here are a few ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    there is probably a local plastics supply outlet near you... but in the event you can't find one:

    Many plastics can be obtained here.

    The plastic sheets come in a few thicknesses, and have a haircell finish on one side. This is kind of similar to the faux leather texture sometimes stamped on vinyl for upholstery etc... If that's an issue then you can use the flip side which is smooth. I'd also look at picking up a plastic welder and some ABS welding rods. I can just about guarantee that there will be a joint that really needs gap-filling or shaping and the last thing in the world you're going to want to do is use bondo to try and smooth it out. Bondo = Problems.

    It's a good idea to make your part as much out of a single material as you can. This allows it not only to bond perfectly, but it lets it expand and contract at the same rate which is critical to maintaining a painted surface or preventing cracks.
    I will be looking around town today for the supply's. I'll keep you all posted! Thx as always!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArJuN View Post
    I believe that is what he is doing. But the stock lip isn't thick enough for the look he is going for. It seems that he wants to expand it to a 1/2 inch.
    Ah...1/2" more THICKNESS (as in vertical dimension)...my bad.

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