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    Sorry if i started up a thread that was open before but i looked and searched everywhere on this site and didnt find anything, i was looking on how would u get that extra shiny glass look on the sub box just paint over fiberglass, or how would i go about that, + if i want that hsiny look on my dash board do i hit it with a coat of fiberglass also and alot of sanding of course, is that how they get these things very shiny? thanks for all the help in advance

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    Body filler, lots of wet sanding and a quality glossy paint applied with loving care.
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    • #3
      wow even on the dash board i put body filler with lots of tlc lol then why they always say its been fiberglassed when i see a shiny dash board? i mean what will happen if i put a coat of fiberglass on the dash and wet sand that would that give it more gloss?

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      • #4
        "Shiny" dashboards are not really recommended for anything other than a show car.

        Glare and whatnot..............

        Now, if you're talking about a little trim, sure.

        Oh, one other thing, bodyfill/bondo/fibreglass doesn't go over a vinyl dash very well...........
        For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
        Leonardo Da Vinci

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        • #5
          forgot to include this, even with vynal and some primer on that bad boy wont fiberglass stick?

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          • #6
            Hey guys, there is an easier way of doing it. There is a product that is made of polyester just like bondo and putty except it is a primer. Its called feather fill (I think) anyways its made buy evercoat. Its the thickest primer you can get and it sands like bondo. Its not a magic product though. I am sorry to say the only way to get it shiny and smooth is to keep sanding and applying and sanding and applying until it is smooth.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dundidit View Post
              Hey guys, there is an easier way of doing it. There is a product that is made of polyester just like bondo and putty except it is a primer. Its called feather fill (I think) anyways its made buy evercoat. Its the thickest primer you can get and it sands like bondo. Its not a magic product though. I am sorry to say the only way to get it shiny and smooth is to keep sanding and applying and sanding and applying until it is smooth.
              man now u just reminded me, my enlgish is not so good so im not sure what these things are, i tryed to translate them to arabic but its senseless, what is- epoxy, and putty, and resin, i know one of them has to be a coat over fiberglass when right? one last thing, wont stuff like bondo etc. crack from the sun when on the dash board? thats why i was thinking of fiberglass, it does not crack

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              • #8
                In paint primer and clear epoxy pretty much means adhesion. When your talking about adhesives or glue. Epoxy means, some bad _ss stuff. You can buy it to suite almost any application and some of it is stronger than weld. Putty is just thin bondo. It makes a good step after bondo for imperfections in your body work. Usually when people refer to resin in the automotive field they are talking about fiberglass resin. Its a liquid that dries hard you can use with many different things. Yes bondo will crack. the key is to keep it as thin as you can. when its on thick thats when it cracks. You should work your fiberglass down a little and get it as smooth as you can. Then apply bondo, then putty if need be, and then some good thick primer.(at least that is the fastest way to do it) just keep sanding and it will get smooth.

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                • #9
                  Best method for getting gloss finish on plastic parts is to sand/smooth it and use a high-fill primer, adhesion promoter, plasticizer, and wet sand... repeat... paint... clear. It's no easy task.
                  Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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                  • #10
                    We painted the trim panels in my friends truck and this was our process. After removing the pieces we sanded them down as smooth as we could get them. After that we used a thick filler primer with about 2 or 3 coats (sanding between every coat). The we used the color paint with the same process. Paint then sand with higher grit as you go on. Wet sand the last couple coats of color then get some clear coat paint. Again same as before, paint sand paint sand. The finished product looks amazing. It has that shiny gloss look that i believe you are looking for. I made some fiberglass sub enclousers for my trunk and i did the bondo/filler approach, but it was necessary to get smoothness because fiberglass is almost impossible to sand. I think you are better off just sanding down the pieces you want to paint and go nuts. Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      Never fiberglass over vinyl, you will have to remove it.

                      On fiberglass use a polyester base body filler, then a high build primer, get the primer with no pinholes to a 400 grit finish, use a gloss top coat which you can wetsand up to 2500grit to a buff and polish. If you follow the above and spend enough time and love you can get a fiberglass piece to look like this.

                      Continued Worklog... Upgrades in progress:
                      *15.4" WXGA LED backlight touchscreen upgrade
                      *Custom fiberglass dash bezel

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                      • #12
                        I have no idea how to thank you guys, This is some valuable info that cant be priced...to me anyway. Very soon i will start my project and keep posting pics, u keep the hopes up when things dont turn out perfect. ur help is grreatly appreciated

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