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    PS-RagE, I'm glad you posted this over here. FroddoBaggins posted a link when you first posted on at [H]. it looks great. keep us posted on any additions or anything.
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    Hey rage how many hours do you think it took you to sand out that box? What grit did you finish at? Did you use any sorta of filler or did you bondo-sand-primer-paint?

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    Wassup Rage ...I've seen this before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWYZ721
    Hey rage how many hours do you think it took you to sand out that box? What grit did you finish at? Did you use any sorta of filler or did you bondo-sand-primer-paint?
    Knowing what I know now, I could probably build another in two or three days. That one took around five weeks. I was using a dremel and an electric random-orbit sander and that was some slow going. My brother-in-law showed me the proper way using a pneumatic orbital sander and an air-file and that was exponentially faster.

    The bondo was taken to a 600 grit and the primer was wet sanded to 1500 before the paint went on. We did use some glazing putty for the occasional air-pocket but there were not many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS-RagE
    Knowing what I know now, I could probably build another in two or three days. That one took around five weeks. I was using a dremel and an electric random-orbit sander and that was some slow going. My brother-in-law showed me the proper way using a pneumatic orbital sander and an air-file and that was exponentially faster.

    The bondo was taken to a 600 grit and the primer was wet sanded to 1500 before the paint went on. We did use some glazing putty for the occasional air-pocket but there were not many.
    Well I ask becuase I plan on doing an armrest/floor console (kinda like where the shifter would be if it was on the floor, put simply a divider between the passenger and driver, but in the end I would like it to look like yours, which is some beatiful work by the way, and was just interested in how you went about it. I will be purchasing an electric random-orby in a little bit, air powered is a little to rich for me, but just for sake how much of a difference was it between the pneumatic and the electric? Also if ya got any tips for me before I start? What kind of paint did you use?

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    Actually, I am going to be building that same piece shortly too for my satellite phone (it is too damned big to fit in the existing center console). What I plan to do is use the existing console but wrap an extra bit of cardboard around the front to make it bigger. Then, I will tape the whole thing with a green painters' tape and stretch fleece around it (fibre glass resin doesn't stick to the green tape).

    Using my Makita random-orbit sander and my brother-in-law's pneumatic sander was night and day. What took me 2 hours took him 10 minutes (the professional grade sandpapers had alot to do with that too). He and I are going shopping shortly so I can get some of his tools. I won't be going Snap-On however, since this is only for hobby use and don't expect to wear them out any time soon.

    You may also want to check my worklog in the Car Audio forum at the [H].

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    thanks for the link! Yea the first layer of glass is down on the floor and drying as we speak I used fiberglass cloth it seems to be a lot easier to work with then the chop mat, I will put down 2-3 layers of chop mat before I pull it out.

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    Fibre glass is a surprisingly easy medium to work with. Only thing I've found is they never give you enough hardener - watch you don't run out during a layer.

    My first (failed) attempt at making the visor with 'glass was using the cloth. The second try with the fleece and matting worked. Only thing was my form was a little crude as its original purpose was to wrap hot kydex around (a thermal forming plastic) - that concept also failed (try, try again ya know )

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    ya think I would be able to run screws through the fiberglass?

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    What size LCD is that and is it composite or VGA? How is text quality?

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