No, the windshield can only be tinted on the top 5"
Its legal to tint your windshield in ohio?
windows, and 70 percent transmittance on the windshield. In other words, the tint can not be darker than 50 percent on the side and back, and 30 percent on the windshield.
Light transmittance of 50 percent does not apply on the windows behind the driver if there are outside left and right side mirrors. Remember, auto glass is slightly tinted from the factory and will make the tint you apply to your windows darker than advertised by the tint manufacturer.
Thanks for the clarification. I know the card I got from the tint place had a line for windshield tint %, but I didn't have the windshield tinted, so there was just a line through it.
So you can see in my last post that i couldn't fit my faceplate in because i overbuilt the dash piece. I took my dremmel out and took the thickness of this lower portion down to about 1/8 of an inch
Here is the faceplate in the bezel
So, Since I thinned out the bottom, I needed to thicken it back up for more strength. The problem was that i could only build up into the hood. First i needed to raise the top part. to do this I made a mold out of masking tape. I used about 3 layers of tape for strength
Here are some pictures of the mold that I made
I poured my evercoat into that structure. I also raised the bottom portion of hood. When I say bottom portion, I mean it the part where the buttons are normally located. So basically i raised the monitor by about 1/8 of an inch. The raise helped me thicken the bottom portion.
So I finally got the shape i wanted and I began heavy sanding to clean it up. I used 60 grit to level everything out. Here are the pics
Once I Finished with 60 grit I spent some time sanding with 100 grit, And got impatient I put 5 layers of matte finish clear coat on the structure and then painted with a black semi-gloss. I could see a few nicks.... It looked very Very VERY good, but I want perfect. So I sanded it back down.
I got all of the paint off with 60 grit. then I spent a few hours with 100 grit. Then a few more hours with 220 grit. And finally I went to 600 Grit wet sanding. The wet sanding was awesome!!! it was so smooth. I couldn't keep my hands of the piece, the bondo was smoother than the original plastic
Here is the final sanded masked piece ready for about 10 layers of clear coat
I have a black semi gloss finish that I think I'm gonna use then I'm gonna use a grey bumped coater from about 3 feet away to try to give it a nice even speckled look. I hope the clear coat gives me the amount of texture that I want
And finally the materials used:
Clear coat and ever coat
This update is long overdue.
So I masked it like this
Then I put about 8 coats of matte finish Clear coat on. I put too many coats on, so there is seam where the masking was. Its not too bad, but I should have know better. I should have done one to two coats then unmasked the rest of the piece.
After the clear coat, was black:
Bench testing: Actually its more like kitchen testing (my apartment is small!)
It funny, I sanded this by hand, I didn't even use a sanding block. Considering that, It looks pretty good and even, but the hood blocks access to certain parts of the touchscreen. Specifically I can't reach the Start Button or the Close button in the top right of any windows. Doesn't matter though, Because I will be booting directly to the front end.
I got my AAI-NIS2 from the classified section, it was very easy to deal with.
Here is the screen put in:
If you notice, I still have the text that was on my bezel already, when I was painting, I masked these off, so they look very good and factory. The text is below my volume button
I would have rather had no Headunit, but the AC controls share the same PCB as the Radio so I couldn't do that.
After putting everything back together I decided to run my IR receiver for my liliput, and to get my GPS installed. I fished the wired through and I think they look pretty good
Spot the IR receiver
and my Delorme GPS receiver, which Was still painted from my last install