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  • 8th gen Honda Civic Kick Panels, TONS of Pics!, Nex in the house!

    Hey guys, You all deserve a worklog, I been busy and this is one I never showed you from a while back so ignore the "old" updates. The tips are there for you!

    Enjoy!


    Hey Guys,

    Here is a set of midranges with tweeters pods into a 8th gen Civic Coupe. Enjoy!

    I started with the midranges. Although the rings will cover this area, I still wanted it all one color just because!







    I got a set of rings from epicenterdesigns, they were PERFECT! Thanks Jon. I filled them a bit to fit how I wanted them.



    Here I was mounting the ring in the best position according to space. the driver's side kick panel is very tight. There is a small area to work within the panel, so the positioning had to be precise. Owner wanted speakers facing dome light.







    Here is the tweeter pod. I had to make a custom set to fit the tweeters. I only had one tweeter cup to work with, so I decided to just make my own. I use PVC for this and cut it bigger to size. A few passes with the filler and I got it perfect. I am good with tedious items as this is. The tweeter will get wrapped in two layers of electrical tape for a slight pressure fit, then 2 dabs of hot glue from the back will secure it.









    Speaker and Tweeter Pod Placement




    Fleece stretched here. Not the prettiest, but I could not stretch to the edges because the dead pedal sits against the fit panel, so far side of the panel needs to remain intact. I obviously cannot wrap to the oppose side because of the hood release. Getting the perfect wrapping job does not bother me as I know it is easy to fix up.



    Some B440 Polyester Resin


    Here is where I sanded down the fleece and feathered in the edges with duraglass so that I could lay down the glass. I prefer to lay down the glass on the formed structure for more support. As you can see the rough edges that were CA glued with the fleece, easily turn into a nice smooth transaction in this step,


    Brian @Nexations Creations

    Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

    AIM: Exus28
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    So here is where I put down some special epoxy around the brittle edges. Since I do not want to get the fiberglass to close to my perfect edges within my tweeter pod, I use the epoxy as a structural bond between the PVC and fleece, then I can glass over that, but not so close to the edge.


    Some 1.5 oz mat




    That's all for now, it is all a process from here, since the hard part is done. I am going to do the passenger side now and bring that up to the same stage as this one.

    a little duraglass, still a lot of smoothing to do, but it is quickly taking shape.






    I put down some Rage Extreme where it needed it. It is now time for primer. I am going to use some slicksand on this panel to fill in all the defects. I have to pick some up though.










    I primered the pod with slicksand, which is a very thick primer. I got it to run in many areas to build up the thickness. Once that was all sanded down I hit it up with some rattle can hi build primer. From here I will tweak out the little defects still around with spot putty. Not much longer now!












    Brian @Nexations Creations

    Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

    AIM: Exus28
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    • #3
      Still Progressing through getting the surface defect free. I worked on the hood release opening. That area is tight for sanding but with have sanding in tight spots for a major of my fiberglassing life, it is no biggie. Some other areas were smoothed out as well. It is about 92% there with primer and almost ready for paint. Just some filling here and there, sand down and reprime and should be good to go!

      Then I have to make the other one!














      So I got some work done today. On the first pod, I am just filling in small sanding scratches, which takes about 4-6 phases of filling,sanding and primering. Once, I get to this stage in the project, I am happy anyways!

      I was able to get some work on the 2nd kick panel. I copied and cut out the exact shape as cut on the opposite kick. I will use this as reference to match up the tweeter and speaker identically to the original kick.

      Just a few pics.







      I got started on the opposite kick panel. With this kickpanel, I am able to stretch the fleece to the opposite end of the panel itself. With the driver's side, I had to allow for the dead pedal to be installed without interference.

      These are the pictures thus far, I am not a fan of how it looks in this stage, but the adhesion between the fiberglass and plastic is fantastic and that is all I care about at this point. I am going to sand it all down now and clean it up!

      Here's some pictures.








      Brian @Nexations Creations

      Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

      AIM: Exus28
      E-Mail: [email protected]

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      • #4
        So I went threw a couple sanding wheels on the dremel and got this thing shaped just the way I want. Usually when feathering the fleece into the plastic, you get the fabric very brittle, this is not a problem because I have a solution. Obviously this panel is going to get a couple layers of glass, but before that, I use an epoxy that gets beneath the fleece and makes a solid bond between the brittle fabric and the panel itself. This allows for a solid foundation for the glass to lay. I went around with the epoxy in all the weak areas . When working with small parts like this, and the parts being plastic, you have to obviously make accommodations. Next I will glass, then fill and sand.













        This morning I sanded down the epoxy that dried overnight. With this epoxy, it is a good idea to just let it dry completely instead of sanding it to find out it is still a bit "gou-E" at the bottom, which pretty much goes with all epoxies. At any rate, I fiberglassed with B440 and 1.5oz. This one is shaping up quickly!











        Okay, so just a small update. I got the first layer of duraglass on and sanded down. I am currently filling in the deep crevices in the filler, then off to slick sand!


        Brian @Nexations Creations

        Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

        AIM: Exus28
        E-Mail: [email protected]

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        • #5
          A little eye candy for you all =)










          Sorry for the delay in the pictures!

          Here's how they looked once they were finished =)







          Installed!

          Brian @Nexations Creations

          Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

          AIM: Exus28
          E-Mail: [email protected]

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          • #6
            Nexson... Bravo. Sick quality as usual.

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            • #7
              Very nice job! I wish I was half as good with that stuff as you are!

              One question though... Is that a slipper and jammies I see in the last pic?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by djvillar View Post
                Nexson... Bravo. Sick quality as usual.
                Thanks!!!
                Originally posted by CescoAiel View Post
                Very nice job! I wish I was half as good with that stuff as you are!

                One question though... Is that a slipper and jammies I see in the last pic?
                haha, Yea, thats the owner, when he took pictures, after i sent them out.
                Brian @Nexations Creations

                Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

                AIM: Exus28
                E-Mail: [email protected]

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                • #9
                  Nicely done, looks factory! What compnent set are those?

                  Open drivers in the footwells always makes me nervous mainly for the passenger side....

                  Boy, I wish I could get USC products shipped to Canada. I'd love to try that stuff.
                  Also Duraglass and Slicksand, I've hunted for both. No luck
                  I guess I will have to find a place to get stuff shipped into the northeast and pick it up.
                  My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                  • #10
                    The only problem I come across when I've done work to my own car is that the piece I do (smooth finish with texture and depth of color), like your kicks here, is that they always looks way better the the OEM components they sit next to to on top of... I always feel that I would have to redo the entire interior to get the oem to look as good as the custom piece.

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                    • #11
                      Because your awesome work always deserves first page- (and your PM box is full!!)

                      I just wanted to say thanks for the time you put in giving me advice on making a sub enclosure. It came out half decent. Definitely nothing like you can make, but I did enjoy the project.

                      I just posted up a DIY with most of my pictures on the corolla website that I frequent. You can check it out hereif you want.

                      If you happen to read through it (its pretty darn long) and note that I did something horribly wrong or am offering incorrect advice, please let me know! I didn't post the DIY pretending to be an expert, but I don't want to steer people in the wrong direction either. I just want to let them know that it IS possible for them to try it, and offered whatever knowledge I had gained from my attempt.

                      BTW the tweeter pods that you were helping me with ended up being ridiculously simple because I'm an idiot. I got most of my pvc made up and sanded, took off the pod covers to play with them, and noted that my tweeters actually DID fit in there if I ground out some of the plastic holder from the old tweeter. So I threw out my project, ground some plastic with a dremel, glued in my tweeters and popped the pods back into place 15min a pod. Wasted a few hours of sanding because I didn't spend enough time playing with mounting options.

                      Thanks again for all your help!!!

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        wow those came out reallllly nice. i like the textured look after painting. came out looking factory. excellent job

                        i'd be scared with no grills on a kickpanel speaker

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