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Was wondering the best way to make fiberglass door panels, dash, center console, sub enclosure, amp rack. Foam and fiberglass mat? wood? PVC Sheets? Or should I use polyester fabric? on door panels I would like to keep stock door handle and stock clips. Would also like to use stock mounting for dash and use stock a/c vents would like to put screen in pass. side. Would like to put scrreen and sub in center console and form that to the floor. The box I want to put under the back seat, plan on lifting seat a little bit, but want to form to the floor. Also would like to form amp rack behind rear seat to the back of the cab. Vehicle is a 1996 chevy k1500 ext cab, I am new to fiberglass but good a bodywork any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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HEY HOW IT GOING I ON A CUSTOM SHOP AND I DO ALOT OF FIBERGLASS DASHES DOOR PANNEL AND ALOT SPEAKER BOX JUST GOT THROUGH WITH 96 FORD RANGER AND PUT 96 MUSTANG DOOR PANNELS AND DASH IN FIBERGLASS EVER THANG IN CONSOLE WIT DONE A SKULL RIPPING OUT OF IT WAS REALLY ALL SWEET BUT DONT HAVE ANYPIC RIGHT NOW BUT SOON I WILL HAVE MY WEB SITE UP NAME MY SHOP PHAT BOY FABERCATIONS THE BEST WAY TOO FIBER GLASS IS TAKE YA PANNELS OFF AND GO TOO YOUR LOCAL WALMART AND GET STUFF CALLED FLEACE IT 3.55 YARD AND GET SOME 3M GLUE ITTOO THE PANNEL JUST LIKE U WAS TWEEDING A PANNEL MAKE SURE THAT IT STUCK EVERY REAL GOOD THE LET THE GLUE DRY FOR 2OR 3 HOURS THEN PICK UP SOME FIBER GLASS REASIN AT YOUR LOCAL BODY SHOP STORES OR WHAT EVER U HAVE DONT BUY THAT AT WALMART U WILL GO BROKE BUY FROM THERE ANY MORE Q HOLLA BACK AT ME I HAVE PIC SOME OF MY OLD WORK CHECK IT OUT
 

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I AGREE...

... And it is not polite to post in all CAPS. It's hard to read and is like you're YELLING!

On the subject at hand. There was good info there. I'm no expert and all I know is from seeing other people do it but, using fleace as a base to rough shape your panel, and then wet it down with resin. Once that has dried, the final shape can be smoothed using "kitty hair" body filler (filler with fibre glass mixed in) and sanding. A final coat of regular filler will give a perfect surface for painting.
 

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Panels

Look up Rod Doors on the internet. They have a lot of fantastic universal door panels and boards to design your own and all kinds of goodies for the do-it-yourselfer.-----:thumbup:
 

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kristkustoms, I usually don’t post on sites like this; but I couldn’t pass this one up. In your reply (or correction) to traviss10_999 post, in which you complain about his writing prowess you use the wrong inflected form of bad. “Im not trying to be a jerk, but I think that was the worse spelling and grammar that ever went into a post. “
 

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Hi all,

I am new to fiberglass fab and am really interested in giving it a try.

I was hoping m1e9r5c6 or anyone could give me an actual product name.

I see m1e9r5c6 was talking about "kitty hair" ... who sells it?

And what about regular filler (Do you mean regular ol' bondo?)

Sorry if these questions are super simple but I am a newbie :confused:

Thanks,
mustang_Tom
 

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mustang_Tomsilver said:
Hi all,

I am new to fiberglass fab and am really interested in giving it a try.

I was hoping m1e9r5c6 or anyone could give me an actual product name.

I see m1e9r5c6 was talking about "kitty hair" ... who sells it?

And what about regular filler (Do you mean regular ol' bondo?)

Sorry if these questions are super simple but I am a newbie :confused:

Thanks,
mustang_Tom
Kitty hair can be had at any auto body supply store.. As for "Bondo" brand, stay away from it, use quality filler like Evercoat, it's easy to work with and really easy to sand..
 

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Thanks Jeeptuff for the info.

Now I have a question about the amount of resin needed.

I am going to attempt to make a door panel (here in the future) for my 66 mustang, so it will not be any thing complicated.

Basically a flat panel with an arm rest molded into it.

Anyway back to the question. Anyone have any idea the amout of resin it would take to soak fleece(quart, half gal. or gal.) ? :confused:

Would one mix this resin say a quart at a time if a gallon is need? :confused:
 

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m1e9r5c6 said:
... And it is not polite to post in all CAPS. It's hard to read and is like you're YELLING!
I can understand anyone trying to make their posts more readable on this forum. I have a terrible time reading that white font on black. I've taken to making my entire post bold and I wish others would do the same. (To do this, place a "b" inside the square brackets...found to the right of the "p" on the keyboard...at the beginning of your post and a "/b" within the same square brackets at the end of your post.) If enough posters do it, maybe they'll take the hint and change the background color.
 

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BillyShope said:
I can understand anyone trying to make their posts more readable on this forum. I have a terrible time reading that white font on black. I've taken to making my entire post bold and I wish others would do the same. (To do this, place a "b" inside the square brackets...found to the right of the "p" on the keyboard...at the beginning of your post and a "/b" within the same square brackets at the end of your post.) If enough posters do it, maybe they'll take the hint and change the background color.
Just to let you know Billy, You can change the background color on your screen for this website.
At the top left of your screen youll see the link for User CP. when you click on that it will take you to your preferences. Then on the left hand side click on Options. Then scroll all the way down, and at the bottom you will see where it change the color from black to white. :thumbup:


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Ah, much, MUCH better! Thanks a lot. (Actually, I'd prefer tan as a "compromise," but the white is certainly better than the black.)

Thanks again.
 

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fiberglass materials

ive learned ofer the past years through working with fiberglass that fleece is the way to go...i have tried many other materials but nothing compares..the first box i ever built i buit for a girl i knew and it was terrible...i used a bed sheet for a base for the fiberglass and that was a bad idea because it isnt thick enough to withstand the vibrations of a subwoofer and cracked imediatly....but i told her i would finish it for her so i slaped some bondo on it and painted the thing...good friend huh?? well aside from that i started building my skills in fiberglass doing smaller projects such as kick pannels and gauge pods..about two years later i did a full custom interior on my 95 camry but a girl i went to school with hit me and totaled it :( ...sad yes i know but now i have an 84 chevy pickup that i love and i am in the middle of doin.....my point is i have had many screw ups over the years and i have pretty much got it right now so if you have a question dont be afraid to ask because ive already made all the mistakes..no need for you to make them as well!!
 

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ok truracer.. maybe you can help.. let's say your building a box for some good subs.. and your going to make it out of fiberglass.. you'd just make some speaker rings i'm assuming,, make a bottom piece out of wood, then attach the speaker rings to some pegs or something that will hold the rings in place whereever desired,, then stretch fleece over it all and just smother in resin.. now.. if this is correct,, it just sounds like it couldn't withstand the vibrations.. could you use a few layer's of fleece maybe. maybe let the first dry.. sand it smooth and apply another.. then I know you should smooth with bondo.. it just doesn't seem like it'd take the abuse of 1000 watt subs. but people do it.. and as far as that goes before you put the speakers in do you leave it all hollow or fill it with something to absorb shock... thanks in advance
 

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how you build your base structure dependes on what kind of car you will put it in and the location, but once you have all that figured out your good to go...as for strength, i tried using multiple layers of fleece on a console i did for a friends truck, but its hard to get fleece to stretch and lay flat on the previous peice...you will get alot of air pockets which leads to cracks...i use fleece as a base and then use peices of fiber mat that you can get at oreilys to build strength...it takes some time and is messy but you will thank yourself in the end. as for thickness, if you have a single sub that pushes a smaller # the i would go no thinner than an eighth of an inch...you said you had two subs at a 1000watts a peice?? id go with a half inch and no thinner if you want it to last for a long time, because like i said it will be fine for a while but over time you will run into problems with cracks..a half an inch sounds pretty thick but the fleece takes up about a fourth of that..as for insulation i use spray foam that comes in an spray can, but you dont need to fill the entire thing just put a good inch or so on the inside walls.the pegs that hold your rings in place take some of the weight off the fiberglass from the sub..so leave them in place...this will keep the fiberglass from flexing!!

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door panels

door panels have the same basic prcedure...the reason the door panel you pictured above is cracked is not only because it isnt think enough to withstand the pressures of being opened and closed everyday, but this guy obviously didnt check to make sure the door panel cleared the dash when the door is closed. their are a buch of little thing that you have to think about before getting started...im not trying to say i know everything if thats what anyone is getting out of this im just saying that you have to think ahead and plan..all of these things can be prevented!!!
 
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