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    First timer here, not a virgin anymore though.
    Started fabrication and stuff this afternoon and have made a lot of progress.
    I got the dash from the junkyard, and I thought the screen would not work until I read the LCD's FAQ. w00t!

    Look at the cool little sticks, yeah, I am poor.
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    After glassing it all, I just kind of trimmed the corners, not really caring about the rough spots.
    bondo'd it, sanded, and right now I am on my second coat of bondo and I will sand again in like 20 minutes.
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    • #3
      Thats looking good, lets see more pics.
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      • #4
        My fiberglass is cracking on the sides, I guess because I sanded it too close, and my bondo is bubbling up from underneath. I don't get it. Ill post some more pics when I get around to making it look better.

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        • #5
          what kind of resin are you using? did you sand the plastic you are glassing to? just trying to shoot ideas out to find the cause of the issue for you, let us know how it turns out and what was the culprit

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          • #6
            Bah, I have been kind of incapacitated for the last 2 days, I'll start working on it again tomorrow.

            I started wetsanding it to make it smoother and get some of the powder holes out of the bondo, it looks a lot better but there are these little holes that I cant seen to fill without making them worse.

            what kind of resin are you using? did you sand the plastic you are glassing to? just trying to shoot ideas out to find the cause of the issue for you, let us know how it turns out and what was the culprit
            I am not sure what kind of resin I used, I did sand the glass. I figured out that the culprit was the wetsanding. Supposedly one is discouraged from wetsanding bondo for that exact reason, or at least that is what the guy at the store said. Who knows. Thanks for making me ask that question.

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            • #7
              you still having cracking issues? if not then the little holes can be covered with some spot/glazing putty.
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              • #8
                Yes, I am having cracking issues: I sanded too far down and split it on the corner of the right hand side. Its no big deal. If this turns out a little busted thats fine with me, I am not anal retentive about all these details that some of the people are, but with the same token, I would like it to look the best that I can make it, and since you guys are the only one's I know who have done some of this and are the only ones I am asking for constructive criticism, I would appreciate any advice you have to offer.

                I bought some glazing putty in a tube, not in the can with the hardener and it seems to be working well. I just finished putting on my first coat of the glaze and about to walk outside to start sanding it. I will post some pictures soon keeping ya'll updated.

                Other than that hows it look?

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                • #9
                  Here's the update.
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                  • #10
                    did you only use one layer of mat over the wood?

                    the reason for it cracking would seem to be the joints you have made with the wood.

                    if they aren't real secure and extremely sturdy, when you start to flex the dash piece, it will crack on you.

                    especially if you only did one or two layers of mat.

                    it also looks like you worked too long with the bondo. It looks as if it started to kick but you still spread it on. This will cause the pinholes you mentioned, and will make sanding to get a smooth surface that much more difficult.
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                    • #11
                      i like the location for the monitor.
                      where are you going to mount the hvac controls?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
                        did you only use one layer of mat over the wood?

                        the reason for it cracking would seem to be the joints you have made with the wood.

                        if they aren't real secure and extremely sturdy, when you start to flex the dash piece, it will crack on you.

                        especially if you only did one or two layers of mat.

                        it also looks like you worked too long with the bondo. It looks as if it started to kick but you still spread it on. This will cause the pinholes you mentioned, and will make sanding to get a smooth surface that much more difficult.
                        No, I did 2 layers of mat over the wood, but it didnt crack til I put water on it.

                        Yes, I didnt know how to fill the little holes so I kept on going, I had no idea that there was this neato stuff called glazing putty.

                        Originally posted by Furevo
                        i like the location for the monitor.
                        where are you going to mount the hvac controls?
                        To be extremely honest I do not know. I have thought about it, and was considering being extremely cliche and sticking it in the console ( I have two captian chairs and a center console). Or maybe even under the dash, where I can feel the buttons but it wouldnt be visible. I don't really use my A/C that often at all. I could almost count the number of times that I have used it (not counting when I'm on a date or something) on both of my hands.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Das
                          No, I did 2 layers of mat over the wood, but it didnt crack til I put water on it.
                          water?

                          on what?

                          of course it's going to crack if the wood gets wet. Wood expands when it gets wet if it's not sealed.


                          Yes, I didnt know how to fill the little holes so I kept on going, I had no idea that there was this neato stuff called glazing putty.
                          I only mentioned it as a tip for next time. Ideally you shouldn't even have to use the putty if it's a high quality filler and it's applied correctly. and even if you do have to use it, you shoulnd't have to apply it all over the surface, only in small areas a bit at a time.

                          When the filler starts to clump, STOP. That means it's kicking, and if you keep appling it you will make more work for yourself. The best thing to do at that point is to put the spreader down, and pick up some heavy grit sane paper and start lightly sanding while it's still kicking on the piece. This will knock off the larger chunks of stuff and will make your life easier. Just don't go too much and don't use the large grit stuff once it's completely hardened, else you will put gouges into the finish. Once it's hardened you make the switch to a finer grit.

                          I hope that all makes sense..it's hard to type, but easy to show.



                          I could almost count the number of times that I have used it (not counting when I'm on a date or something) on both of my hands.
                          This isn't a daily driver in Texas is it?
                          Jan Bennett
                          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

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                          • #14
                            Well when you say it like that, I really feel like a dumbass.
                            I left it outside so it would dry last night so i could try and paint the wood, and it rained. So I have had more bad luck than legless Ethiopian watching a doughnut roll down a hill.

                            I am also not so sure that this was really expensive filler, I got it at Autozone. I was really tired of trying to sand out the little holes, so for the sake of me not breaking my screen in a rage, I am extremely glad I bought the glazing putty.

                            As I'll mention again, this is my first time doing anything like this before. The first time I saw bondo was when I opened the can myself.


                            Yeah, it was like 100 all last week and felt like 85 at night, but in Austin with the humidity as it is, going fast with the windows down is not that bad . I have never spent the summer in dallas, but I can only imagine its not quite like Austin or College Station.

                            Thank you all again for all of the advice and helpful little tips that are making this so much easier, and as Red said:
                            I hope that all makes sense..it's hard to type, but easy to show.
                            ^^My appreciation.

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                            • #15
                              dallas isn't as bad as college station or houston....but it's not nice either....lol

                              grew up in houston, spent 5.5 years in college station, and now i'm up here....have yet to fully experience the summers up here...lol

                              first time, no biggie, I'm just giving some pointers is all.

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