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Thread: 2002 TT ZO6 Corvette Xenarc Install

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escalade182
    looks absolutely beautiful. love that paint.
    Thanks.. I took your advice too.. I have a black powermate here on my desk.

    Pretty cool.. still playing with it.

    Nick

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    lol thats awesome. goodluck with the project.

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    where'd you get the powermate? price?

    w00t. 1000.

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    Awsome job, that bezel looks great. Did you sand the original texture off the whole peice? If so, how well does the texture match the stock interior? I wound up trying to save most of the original texture on mine and blend in the new SEM areas. Thinking I caused myself more trouble than it was worth.

    Another quick question, I see you other C5 guys attaching your screens to this bezel, there is not much support around the top, do you have any problems with the added weight? I attached mine to the frame using the original mount points and just install the bezel against it like stock. I think yours looks more finished. Although I also have the DVD drive attached to mine which would make it dificult.

    Any way Great job so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escalade182
    where'd you get the powermate? price?

    w00t. 1000.
    http://www.griffintechnology.com/pro...mate/index.php

    Ordered it right from them... $54 with two day shipping.

    They are close to me.. in Nashville, TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by millc5
    Awsome job, that bezel looks great. Did you sand the original texture off the whole peice? If so, how well does the texture match the stock interior? I wound up trying to save most of the original texture on mine and blend in the new SEM areas. Thinking I caused myself more trouble than it was worth.

    Another quick question, I see you other C5 guys attaching your screens to this bezel, there is not much support around the top, do you have any problems with the added weight? I attached mine to the frame using the original mount points and just install the bezel against it like stock. I think yours looks more finished. Although I also have the DVD drive attached to mine which would make it dificult.

    Any way Great job so far!
    I did not go so far as to sand the texture off of the whole piece. I finished this piece as follows:

    1. Rough sanded screen area
    2. Bonded in the screen as above
    3. Primer Screen area with high build primer

    Once the screen was how I wanted it, I did the following:

    4. Sanded the entire piece with 100.. roughed it all up
    5. About 3 good coats of high build primer
    6. Wet sanded the entire peice with 400 .. NOTE WET SANDED
    7. Rinse and air dry
    8. Spray with SEM texture paint to liking
    9. Hit SEM texture with dry 400 paper LIGHTLY in the areas I was concerned with
    10. Touch up with SEM texture paint again
    11. Let dry about 1 hour
    12. Apply SEM Satin Clear - about 3 coats until the gloss is uniform

    This is the first time I have done anything like this and I have to say that it was just time consuming. I have seen the projects on here and thought.. man I want to do that. Finally I just said... oh well worse case I will have to replace my dash panel.

    I think the finish is about 95% of the factory finish. I don't think anyone that gets in the car is going to notice the difference. It really looks trick. I may end up making a few changes to mine once I get my boost controller tomorrow, but I could not resist finishing it up and getting a good overall look at it.

    I have no issue with the way the monitor is bonded to the dash directly. I don't see an issue with it long term either. When it put it in there it was very tight.

    At any rate if someone is interested in me doing one of these for them I would be happy to. I have about 15-18 hours in this one plus materials. I think a fair price would be about $300 with your stock bezel. I used quite a bit of bondo, you sand about 95% of it off to get it all smooth. Nearly a whole can of high build primer, not much of the SEM coat or the clear. I would actually sell this one, with the screen if someone wanted it. The screens are about $350.

    I am waiting for pistons and am installing a Twin Turbo kit in my car so I have time to do another one if someone was interested buying this one.

    Hope that helps.. enough of my babbling...

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