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Old 10-28-2006, 10:51 AM
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Roll Pan

I was wondering what all it would take and how difficult it would be to make your own custom roll pan. and also what would be the costs?

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Do you want to make your roll pan from steel or fiberglass? You could make one from steel by forming around something with the same diameter as your pan would be.

All depends on how simple or complex it needs to be.
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i wanna make a fiber glass one. And i want to have the liscense plate recessed in it.
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car?

what kind of car are you going to put it on??? roll pans are tough to make with
out a english wheel or power hammer, its hard to stretch the metal, has to go lots of direction but
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well i wanna put it on a 1988 chevy 1500. But i wanna use fiberglss not metal
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I have seen boat folks make custom, rounded pieces in the following manner:

Make a rough inner mold, covered with a release agent

Build up 3 or four layers of glass (most I know use West System epoxy for the resin)

Pull and check for sufficient strength, if too flexy, add more glass (You may want to glass in a stiffener, like some wood or battens)

Use polyester filler (we use 3M marine product) to fill and smooth to contour, using probably several coats

Prime and paint

I am sure a professional body man could do a better job with metal, but using this technique I think my teenagers could do a presentable piece with minimal skill. Your mileage may vary, but if you want to try it, this is a relatively cheap experiment.
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i think ill try it once i can pick up some resin and things. I tink i could make it look good. I dont know. But it seems relativly easy. Maybe im wrong though. i dont kow. Will resin eat threw strafoam or no?.... because that would be easy to make a mold out of i would think.
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roll pan

88 chev 1500 truck you can buy a roll pan out of fiberglass cheap, try "styling concepts" they carry truck stuff
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i dont want to spend a 100 or so dollars. I kinda wante to try it out and see if i could make a decent one for cheaper
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i dont want to spend a 100 or so dollars. I kinda wante to try it out and see if i could make a decent one for cheaper

Now, theres a real hotrodder...wants to make it himself....Good for you.

Only problem is, it will probably cost you more to make one than you can buy it for. They can sell them cheap because they knock out hundreds of them at a time.
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eh i geuss if it cost more then oh well. ill do it anyway. if a screw up. then oh well ill know to plan and practice and look for better ways of doing thinsg next time. I think im gonna start with other fingerblass things first before i do a roll pan though so i know how to do it and everything. Maybe ill do a sub box or door panel or something. unless there tough. from what i read they seem straight forword. But maybe not. iono ill just get my hands covered in resin and fiberglass then decided if i made the right choice
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The resin I usually use (West System) goes thru styrofoam like a hot knife through butter, just melts it.

Maybe some thin plywood, scrap paneling? The mold doesn't have to be perfect, you can do some sculpting with glass, resin, and filler once you have a basic structural shape.
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Polyester resin will eat styrofoam but epoxy resin will work.
You can get urethane foam from a sign supplier and can be used with either resin.
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