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  • Epoxy Putty: Guidance to Easy Fabrication for Carputers/Bezels *56k Warning*

    I would just like to let everyone know about a product I have been using for the past year for small scale projects. I am not sure if anyone has used it before but I have found it as a life saver. it is epoxy putty, loctite puts it out, also others like Quicksteel, there is a few other brands that make it and they are all pretty much the same.

    Anyhow it is a 2 part mix, you tear off a piece and mix it until it is a uniform color, it has about 5 minutes of working time. The thing that is so great about this is it sort of like abs sludge (meaning it fills areas) but without the mess and curing time. Also, small walls can be built with it and it sands very easy. I use it in cases where I have a dash piece and a bezel that I have bonded together with CA Glue and then sand it down, well it would be stupid to bondo over the abs plastic, because bondo doesn't work well over direct abs, and plus it just meant for pinholes, people have a misconception of using it to much as a filler or bonder. This is why the putty is so great, because it bonds very well with plastic. Then once it is fully cured, the bondo applies well to the sanded putty. The putty is great for filling low spots because it hardens like a rock and actually bonds. Also it is only like $4 a tube.

    Here is a few instances to better explain..

    I have a couple of examples to explain 2 different uses for the epoxy




    Here is where I bonded the bezel with the actual piece, once that was sanded down, I moved on


    Now I didn't get pictures of the putty before it was sanded but, it was about 1/8 thick, which isn't much, anyhow, here is how it looks when it is sanded, it takes all the gashes and gaps and fills them in, hard as a rock, yet still sandable.

    Then the putty should be sanded with at least 220, then raged, and then so on, heres the final pictures just to give you an idea of how easy it makes it fills.







    Okay, now here are the half din tvs I use to make before they became discontinued. Anyhow for the longest time I was looking for ways of filling the gap, the screen didn't come with a bezel so I had to hold to the screen. This is what it looks like before I start molding (btw this is the navi piece, application is for non navi cars)

    I then insert the half din, BTW it is fully bracketed to the underside of the cover. (sorry for different pieces being worked on, I pulled pics from different installs)

    Then I tape off the screen and use the putty to "build a wall" I form it to the side of the screen so it takes the shape of the screen, sort of like a fiberglass mold. After 15 minutes you can pull it out.


    After some file sanding, I can get it like this, by the way, the putty bonds wonderfully with the plastic, weird huh?

    Then the rest is just a process to finishing it!
    Brian @Nexations Creations

    Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

    AIM: Exus28
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    Brian @Nexations Creations

    Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

    AIM: Exus28
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    • #3
      niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiice. Sweet work. Thanks for the pic log.

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      • #4
        thanks, just trying to help out a little bit for the community.
        Brian @Nexations Creations

        Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

        AIM: Exus28
        E-Mail: [email protected]

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        • #5
          Great work and right up!
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          • #6
            thanks!, bump for others to see.
            Brian @Nexations Creations

            Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

            AIM: Exus28
            E-Mail: [email protected]

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            • #7
              I've used that stuff before on some other non-car projects. I hadn't thought of it for use like this. It does set fairly fast though, so you just have a few minutes to work with it before it starts to harden, so you'd need to make sure you have the pieces ready to go when you start mixing it. Thanks.
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              • #8
                yup, you gotta pretty much have your idea already of what you want to use it for.
                Brian @Nexations Creations

                Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                AIM: Exus28
                E-Mail: [email protected]

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                • #9
                  Nice work, I vote for sticky.

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                  • #10
                    Does heat have any affect on it, as far as expansion and contraction? I've had some issues with different materials... they don't like the heat of a hot unattended car (in the FL sun) followed by extreme cold from the A/C.
                    DON'T PANIC.

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                    • #11
                      Great Thread man. u have a talent

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by stealinfool View Post
                        Does heat have any affect on it, as far as expansion and contraction? I've had some issues with different materials... they don't like the heat of a hot unattended car (in the FL sun) followed by extreme cold from the A/C.
                        Thats is a valid question, up to date (2 years) I have had no problems, I guess this would be due to the expoy becoming one with the plastic and hardening like a rock, but still sandable. I live in Florida as well, so I know what you mean about extreme heat with an unattended car for a while, But like I mentioned above, not cracks or shrinkage.


                        Originally posted by ayetothedea View Post
                        Great Thread man. u have a talent
                        Thanks!
                        Brian @Nexations Creations

                        Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                        AIM: Exus28
                        E-Mail: [email protected]

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                        • #13
                          This seems perfect, I'm fixing to fab up my bezel to accept a 7" screen and planning on usings ABS sheet for big filler and then the putty to fill it all in. I'll post some before/after pics when I get it done or through the progress. This stuff seems less time consuming.
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                          • #14
                            When you say "Then the putty should be sanded with at least 220, then raged, and then so on, heres the final pictures just to give you an idea of how easy it makes it fills." .. what do you mean by "raged"?

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                            • #15
                              This sounds a lot like the "JB Weld" I have used on car repair projects
                              before. It is drillable and when mixed right is pretty tough stuff.....stroke
                              of genius using it on a bezel wish I had thought of it
                              "A rose by any other name is still a flower"

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