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    I am attempting to install my 8 inch screen in my 04 f150 dash. The bezel that came with the screen is to large on the top and bottom, and to thin on the sides by about .5 inch. This is my plan.

    Cut the top to fit very snug to the dash, use a filler to blend it in.

    Then for the sides do I want to cut some wood then use filler for the side or what should I do with the gap on both sides?

    Also to recess the screen a bit I was just gonna use like 5 play model aircraft birch about .5 inches deep then mount the bezel that came with the screen on the end of the wood? Does this sound appropriate? If any of this doesnt make sense let me know so I can try to elaborate more!

  • #2
    Look through TurboCad's sticky on how to make a factory bezel.

    I think you're going to wind up dissatisfied with wood, being that there's no good way to bond it to your factory bezel. You're going to be better off using products like ABS plastic sheets, and some form of ABS glue and/or plastic epoxy, rather than wood and so much filler...
    Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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    • #3
      Hey There,

      Do not use filler as something to bond the wood and plastic together. Although it is good to use little wood sticks to fill in the empty spots behind the bezel, you should not use filler over them just yet. I would use a CA glue to hold them together, then I would sand that down and put the filler over that. The biggest misconception about filler is that it holds 2 parts together, it does not. Filler is purposely meant to either build up small areas or get a smooth surface for primer and then paint. If you use filler over the 2 pieces, it may looks great for a few days, but once the heat gets to it and if it is mishandled, it will crack really fast.
      Brian @Nexations Creations

      Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

      AIM: Exus28
      E-Mail: [email protected]

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      • #4
        What is the best filler in your opinion Neson?
        VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
        Final Install
        CarPC progress: 95%

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        • #5
          I don't know about Nexson, but the Rage lineup of fillers (most auto paint stores carry it) are the best I've found locally. Though many people call fillers "Bondo", the Bondo brand products you can readily pick up at Home Depot and Lowes are pretty crappy... Especially after you use a quality product once.
          Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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          • #6
            Rage's line are some of the best fillers, but Rage's line is usually lite weight fillers. For the work I do, I use rage last if I need it at all, which I usually do.

            I use Duraglass which is thicker and allows for nice build up of low areas. If you try to use Rage to build up areas, you will be there all day with layers of filler. Since Duraglass is thicker, it builds up better but leaves some pinholes which is no problem because then I use Rage Xtreme which fills them right in, which is its intended use.

            I like to put it like this...
            Use Duraglass to complete your shape and basically the look of the bezel and just use Rage to get it smooth.
            Brian @Nexations Creations

            Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

            AIM: Exus28
            E-Mail: [email protected]

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            • #7
              Thanks Nexson for this input!!
              VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
              Final Install
              CarPC progress: 95%

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              • #8
                Just have Nexson do it for you.
                He molded a 8 inch screen into my dash kit.
                See link for pics.
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fabr...creations.html
                The quality is second to none and the price is very resonable.
                Brian-

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                • #9
                  ^ Thanks Sir!

                  it is always great to hear from satisfied customers!
                  Brian @Nexations Creations

                  Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                  AIM: Exus28
                  E-Mail: [email protected]

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                  • #10
                    haha Ya I emailed him a while back but I have this ego issue and I want to give something like this a try. . . I think! Im not sure im still trying to encompass what all this job entails! I know my friend (who has the same truck as me) is following my idea on this and if I can do mine right, then I can do his even better!

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                    • #11
                      By all means, if you need any tips along the way, just ask any questions here or PM me
                      Brian @Nexations Creations

                      Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                      AIM: Exus28
                      E-Mail: [email protected]

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                      • #12
                        TexasAggie, is your 04 the new body style or the old body style (like the 03's)? I can't help you any though, I was just wondering.
                        2004 F150 STX Heritage:
                        Parts:
                        ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD 1.6GHz DC ~$114
                        Patriot 32GB SSD ~$80
                        Kingston 4GB ~$25
                        1/2" MDF - ~$15
                        10" Samsung touch panel - ~270
                        M2 Power Supply $85
                        GPS Receiver ~ $36
                        iGuidance ~100

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                        • #13
                          New Body style! Currently im trying to figure out how the im gonna make it so the actual screen doesnt fall out of the dash. Ill create a worklog here soon and take lots of pics since I really will need all the help I can get!

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