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Old 09-25-2007, 07:42 PM   #26
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Nice to see you pulled it off. Looks freaking great to me!! Post some pics of the car farther away.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #27
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very very nice, great write up , and very good pics, you are very kind to share this with all of us .

bravo !
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:35 PM   #28
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Suggestion that makes things a little easier and less messy when you were putting your first layer of matt on... instead of spray gluing it in place and then applying your resin with a roller, you can do an other method.

The method that you posted works.. but it is messy as that damn gravity drips the resin down on your hands and the ground while you are trying to soak the matt..

Instead you can do the following:
- cut a bunch of strips of your matt, some small some big.
- Then lay them out on some spare cardboard
- mix up some resin and then with a brush apply the resin to the matt.
- Get the matt nice and soaked with the resin
- let it sit for a few seconds (not too long.. takes some trial and error)
- then apply it to the underside

What happens is that the resin when it starts to setup acts like a glue. It will stick to the bottom like you have. This way you can make small batches of resin and work at it piece by piece.

When you do a large area with resin it can become a race against the clock as the resin starts to cure.

Just a little advice from a fellow fiberglass fabricator

P.S. Looks nice.. good persistence in sticking with it.

Oh yeah.. and you can also grind it down between coats of resin/matt to reduce on bubbles
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:41 PM   #29
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Nice job!!! Glad to see people actually following through on projects!
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:32 PM   #30
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Suggestion that makes things a little easier and less messy when you were putting your first layer of matt on... instead of spray gluing it in place and then applying your resin with a roller, you can do an other method.

The method that you posted works.. but it is messy as that damn gravity drips the resin down on your hands and the ground while you are trying to soak the matt..

Instead you can do the following:
- cut a bunch of strips of your matt, some small some big.
- Then lay them out on some spare cardboard
- mix up some resin and then with a brush apply the resin to the matt.
- Get the matt nice and soaked with the resin
- let it sit for a few seconds (not too long.. takes some trial and error)
- then apply it to the underside

What happens is that the resin when it starts to setup acts like a glue. It will stick to the bottom like you have. This way you can make small batches of resin and work at it piece by piece.

When you do a large area with resin it can become a race against the clock as the resin starts to cure.

Just a little advice from a fellow fiberglass fabricator

P.S. Looks nice.. good persistence in sticking with it.

Oh yeah.. and you can also grind it down between coats of resin/matt to reduce on bubbles
I actually tried this on my first attempt. What ended up happening is that the resin was too heavy and it's glueing properties weren't strong enough, so the pieces kept falling off all the time.

Same thing happens with the matte, it soaks up too much resin and gets too heavy and even the glue can't hold it up.

The only reason the cloth works is because it's thin and doesn't soak up too much resin at a time. And the glue actually keeps it in place. That's why you do 3 layers. The first layer is just to get the cloth semi stiff that way it can't sag. The next 2 layers are to capture the shape.

Yeah, it's pain!
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:33 AM   #31
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where did you find the fiberglass? I've looked at homedepot, walmart, and lowes. I couldn't find it at any of them
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:40 AM   #32
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where did you find the fiberglass? I've looked at homedepot, walmart, and lowes. I couldn't find it at any of them
In walmart it's in the car section (next to the paints and body filler and that stuff) In home depot and lowes it's next to the glues, caulks, and that kinda stuff... I've never not seen it there
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:30 AM   #33
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That looks awesome, man. You have a lot of patience. Great job.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:15 PM   #34
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where did you find the fiberglass? I've looked at homedepot, walmart, and lowes. I couldn't find it at any of them
comes in little bags, about 4' x 4 sections. i think its 5.99 a bag?
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:42 PM   #35
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comes in little bags, about 4' x 4 sections. i think its 5.99 a bag?
I found my at walmart for $4.29 a bag and a tin or resin was like 10.59 I think
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:38 PM   #36
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If you buy the stuff from an actual composite store, you will save Huge!
actually i have a roll of 20 yards chopped Matte if anybody is interested. $40 shipped.

I bought alot of stuff through Composites USA. They are the ****!
cheap prices and anything you want when it comes to glassing

i buy my fiberglass by the roll usually 20 yds at a time, right now i have 20 yds of 5oz fiberglass cloth, ~5yds of Carbon fiber 11oz and several bottles of resin/hardner which is bought in gallons and some pva relase and some random crap. I got all that stuff for under 400 which is Unbeliveable!
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:01 PM   #37
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mad props to you!
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:42 PM   #38
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Great ingenuity! I'm sure this took a boatload of patience and then some. Awesome outcome and much thanks for sharing with the community in such detail.
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:37 AM   #39
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Hey, I am 16 years old and have no experience with this kind of stuff but have lots of time in auto shop (class). Do you think I could perform this? I am affraid to drill the car though. LOL
I am trying to find a lot of DIY mods to do at school until my friend and I find a years project.
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:49 AM   #40
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badass, now i kinda wanna do this to the legacy
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:50 AM   #41
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Hey, I am 16 years old and have no experience with this kind of stuff but have lots of time in auto shop (class). Do you think I could perform this? I am affraid to drill the car though. LOL
I am trying to find a lot of DIY mods to do at school until my friend and I find a years project.
its DO able if you have the time , but since your 16 and your doing this in school i would leave this project out of it since you have to wait for stuff to dry n whatnot, do it at home
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:53 AM   #42
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I'm looking into a mounting placement that doesn't require drilling into the bumper, but it also wouldn't go back as far on the bumper as Sausages(which looks better than my plan)
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:53 AM   #43
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If you guys are worried about drilling the bumper, I wouldn't be. You honestly don't see the holes if you're standing and looking at the car.

But you could always use the little mounting tabs that are just past the bumper under the car. It's what the OEM diffuser install usess
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:28 AM   #44
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I'm curious to see how the paint holds up long run, but I suppose that's easy to fix.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:40 AM   #45
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I'm curious to see how the paint holds up long run, but I suppose that's easy to fix.
I didn't paint it, I covered it with plasti-dip. But I should have used the rubberized undercoating or truckbed coating
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:18 AM   #46
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:23 AM   #47
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add this to the list of awesome things i'll never do because they take too much skill and i'd rather pay someone who manufactures it out of one material.
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Old 09-28-2007, 05:15 PM   #48
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- Secure the ShelterShieth in place with whatever you can get your hands on (Iused tape, which turned out to be bad ideal later on) but make sure it's solid and at the height you want.
What happened to your bumper with the painters tape? Just residue or did it take off paint/clear?
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Old 09-29-2007, 05:38 PM   #49
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Awesome job man, lol but I would totally eff that up if I tried
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What happened to your bumper with the painters tape? Just residue or did it take off paint/clear?
I threw painter's tape over the whole bumper to make sure everything comes off clean and so I don't accidentally get any resin on it. Then I covered everything else in masking tape because it was cheaper. BUt when everything was said and done, the only thing that came off the bumper was the dirt. The paiter's tape took it off
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