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    Hey guys. So my dashboard kind of sucks for customization, since its all one part, and its very hard to make a panel only for the LCD or osmething like that.. so i am thinking of re-building it, or at least change some of it. But the thing is its of quite good materials (car model audi 80) and i dont wotn to replace it for something like fiberglass (solid as crap:P)

    So i was wandering if some1 has any idea of matarials i could use to make the surface a bit soofter or something like this. i still think that for the main frame i will go with fiber, to make it hard and strong, and then cover it with soemthing else..
    any ideas are apriciated!!

  • #2
    Post some pictures of your dash!
    Brian @Nexations Creations

    Specialist in Custom Interior Fiberglass OEM Replication Work.

    AIM: Exus28
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    • #3
      Is this one?

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      • #4
        yiap. exactly this one. only the wheel is on the other side:> i am thinkiing of getting one from a scrap yard, and modifying that one.. but with lots of cutting.. to make something like BMW style:>

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        • #5
          Lots of angles....if you want to follow those lines, you could make a metal (aluminum frame), foam and vinyl or leather finish.
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          • #6
            i was thinking of making the frame with polyerethane and fibergalss and then finishing it with something.. .what is vionyl and foam?? cause i dont know very much from those... i want to make something like that pic. or, almost :P


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            • #7
              Check this place out. I've gotten some faux leather from them. Good products. Here's a link to the foam you'll need, you're finish cloth/vinyl/leather will go on top of this:
              yourautotrim

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              • #8
                o thans dude! i thin of going with blac leather wherever theres gray leather in the above pic, and with raw fiberglass, or some other plastic finish (like the foam you sendeD) whereever its white, bu painted black. also i found out that if you paint one side of plexiglass black, the other side is a frikingg blac mirror:> so i will be using that instead of the wood:>

                well, thats the main idea at least. all that has to be in peace with the car:>

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                • #9
                  Take lots of pictures during this build. This could end up being a very popular thread! Everyone loves good, custom work.

                  -Zack
                  via Droid Charge

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                  • #10
                    well, i am having exams period this month, so i will just gather information and make in my mind how it must be done. from the enxt month i will go on with buing the metarials. i want to buy from a scrap yard a diferent dashboard and do the work on that, i case i fail:> i also was thinking of making the logo of audi, with somekind of luminus cable, and puting it behind black plexiglas in the midle of the dashboard, so it lights up when my roadlights are on. but i dont want it to be to shiny cause it would suck:P what you guys think about that?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by settra View Post
                      also i found out that if you paint one side of plexiglass black, the other side is a frikingg blac mirror:>
                      just be really careful with this-- plexiglass scratches really easy-- even while cleaning-- so months later you'll end up with swirl marks all over it...(maybe you can try to clearcoat the plexiglass?)
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                      • #12
                        clear coat? something like vernish? i was thinking i might use some other glass or something, so that it wont scratch so easy
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                        • #13
                          Also, if your substrate is going to be made of fiberglass, the finished surface of that substrate must be perfectly smooth fiberglass/resin... not body filler or glazing. That is how you would complete a box or facia but not substrate because your going to have to spray adhesive on it and lay the foam layer. A lot of spray adhesives will not react well if its applied to filler, the filler will break apart ruining all the time put in.

                          That means you either have to make the structure like normal with filler and all, then make a negative (master) mold, then make a duplicate structure. The run off will have a perfect surface, as it was made from a mold, and it will have a pure resin finish to applied adhesive to... not to mention it will be extremely light (as there is no excess material)

                          The other simpler option would be to finish the structure then coat the whole thing with resin and sand down smooth again. I would think this would be the simplest but HEAVY.

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                          • #14
                            i think i will go with the second one:>i am not sure if i put foam or something above the fiberglass anyway,:>

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                            • #15
                              Foam as an outer layer is used to give a soft touch to the surface. My Honda has that under the faux leather. It's kind of nice, but seems to be very difficult to replicate factory quality (I could be wrong).

                              -Zack
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