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Old 01-25-2004, 10:23 AM
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Making A Fiberglass Console For The First Time

Okay,I've been searching around on this site and have found some excellent information on fiberglassing,but I don't really understand half of it.I've done numerous searches on the internet and have come up with basically the same info,but still,what does it all mean!?

Here's my situation -

I have a 1992 Ford Ranger XLT and I am going to attempt this with the original seats.Now,the last pic on that link is what it will hopefully look like when I'm finished.What I want is a custom console that will stretch from basically the firewall panel all the way to the back of the cab.Right where it goes between the seats is where I want it to rise a bit so I can take advantage of that being extra storage space.BTW,my truck is a 5 speed and I will have to make an extra hole for the shifter.I have found this article and this article on fiberglass part making.

Now,so I have my sources.Right now,I just need a list of the materials that I'll need to do this task.I plan on buying a block of styrofoam and carving away at it to get the shape that I want.This console doesn't have to be perfect,but I don't want it to look like a piece of crap.Know what I mean?The link above which goes to The Ranger Station's site is more on the lines of what I'll be doing,since they made those consoles for Ranger's.

So,going by HK's list in his article in the Knowledge Base,here's the materials that I'll need -

Fiberglass weave or cloth*
A paint roller with a section of PVC pipe over the roller, snugly fit and coated with separating agent or wax.*
Plastic filler spreaders
Natural bristle 3-5" paintbrushes with bristles held by adhesive, not crimped.
4 small plastic pails
Rubber gloves
Old clothes
Extra set of helping hands
Gel coat*
Spray gun (Is this just a regular paint sprayer,such as this).

Even though that's the list for making a custom hood,I think that it's basically the same for making a custom console.Now,all of the items marked with an "*" show that I don't know what the heck that it is and I don't know where to get it.A brief explination on each would really help.Can most of these items be bought at the local paint or hardware store?

I really don't know what I'm doing at this point and I don't really know if it would be worth the trouble,but I at least want to give it a try.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.


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The difference between weave or cloth- Both are available from automotive paint and supply houses, you can get it in bulk from marine and boat repair places. I get mine off the roll at a f-glass repair outfit north of here. The woven glass is what you want to use as your first layer in your finished part, it absorbs resin well and will not leave a "cloth pattern " shadow in the finished part. The cloth can then be used (optional) to bulk up the part making it stronger.
Seperating agent- is used on your mold to keep the finished piece from sticking to the mold- in the old days we used Johnsons Paste Wax- but you have to get it all off the finished part, lots of wax remover and cleaner.
Gelcoat is the first thing that gets put into the mold to make finished part. It is similar to a thick paint, you can make it with resin, talk and color, or you can buy it in quart+ cans ready made in several colors. It is what you see as color in the finished part.
The spray gun you need has to have a large nozzle (like a primer or undercoat gun). You only need it for the gelcoat and that can be carefully brushed on.
Smock is an apron to keep all the nasty- sticky- hairy- smelly-itchy goo off your clothing and person.
You should really get a handbook on the subject, there are several for the novice. It would save you time and money.
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Also I highly recommend buying these videos;

2nd, 3rd, & 4th videos @ this site.

Learn from the master himself Big Daddy Ed Roth - this video is worth its weight in gold just for the privelege of seeing Ed do his thing. He takes all of the mystery out of the process, "How to Fiberglass Bodies"

Get this book; Companion book listed below is a good reference too but the yellow one is the best if you just get one.
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how do you paint a racecar ?
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