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Old 06-30-2003, 12:43 AM
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Some quick fiberglass questions...

Hello all,

This is my first post and I searched on this topic before posting and found that willys36@aol.com is very knowledgeable about fiberglassing. I have some other questions pertaining a project i'm considering.

I need to modify the facia (it is made of plastic) of my console. The facia of the console comes off (which is pretty cool) and its the only one I have. This is the only part I believe I will have to fiberglass because behind it is nothing but room for the head unit rack to be mounted.

The new console facia will enable me to:
Put a 7" LCD screen in the double-din space and move my head unit down to where the cig. lighter and ash tray is, and move the cig. lighter down to where the coin holder is while leaving 2-3 coin slots in between the cig. lighter and power/comfort a/t switch.

My questions to you are:
How should I protect the plastic before putting the mat and resin on? Is this the best route? Or should I make a plaster of paris mold for this part?

What fiberglass resin should i purchase?

What fiberglass mat should I purchase?
I saw this one at fiberlay.com part number 1511512

What releasing agent should I purchase?
I saw this one at fiberlay.com part number 25224

How much of each do you think I'll need?

Should I purchase from fiberlay.com or local shop like autozone, homedepot, o'reilly's, etc.?

Any other info would be more than appreciated.

Thanks,

94max

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If you just need the facia for a template, I would just wrap it in aluminum foil, once you apply the fibreglass and it cures, you can then just pull it right off. I've used this technique before for making fibreglass pods on A-pillar covers. Since I didn't need a mold to make extras it worked great, and it doesn't leave any residue on the plastic this way, which you would have if you use a mold release agent. HTH




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Great! Thanks for the reply!

Where should I purchase the materials? I need part numbers and/or names of the items needed. Also, when wrapping the facia with mat and risen should i wrap it all the way around the facia so it is consumed in the stuff or just the front face leaving the back of the facia fiberglass free. If I am to just wrap the front what will i do with the mat to the sides of the facia? One last thing, is it is the same procedure for carbon fiber and how much more?

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NP, I wouldn't wrap it completely if you plan on keeping it for future use (i.e. returning everything to stock down the road). I would trim the excess off and smoothe it out with a dremel tool or die grinder. AS far as PN's go I don't know off hand, I've always just gone to the local auto parts supply store and picked up the woven fibreglass and fibreglass resin. I've always covered my work in vinyl, so I'm not sure for your setup how you would get a smoothe finish if you were to use Carbon fibre. CF is usually three times as expensive as FG as far as I can remember.




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NP, I wouldn't wrap it completely if you plan on keeping it for future use (i.e. returning everything to stock down the road). I would trim the excess off and smoothe it out with a dremel tool or die grinder. AS far as PN's go I don't know off hand, I've always just gone to the local auto parts supply store and picked up the woven fibreglass and fibreglass resin. I've always covered my work in vinyl, so I'm not sure for your setup how you would get a smoothe finish if you were to use Carbon fibre. CF is usually three times as expensive as FG as far as I can remember.




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Cool! Thanks for the info.
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Good luck!

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