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Posted: April 23, 2006 at 10:07 PM / IP Logged  
xxm3racingxx wrote:
I see that the way you did it you used 1 sheet of fleece. but the enclosure doesnt fill up the whole trunk etc.. How could you make a cover for a trunk of a i.e Bmw m3 to the weather shield so you dont see anything oem. just fiberglass and the equipment?
I will answer your post in the thread that you started.
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About the enclosure; once you sanded it down, did you do anything else to it?  Primer, paint, or did you just leave it unfinished?

StevePhy

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I had a few questions about the cover. I think what you said to do is after you foil the original box you essentially paint on the 5:1 body filler/resin mix to the box and foil? I was wondering is it fairly easy to paint the 5:1 mix on the foil without ripping the foil? Also is it just one coat of the 5:1 mix? Or did you do multiple coats of the 5:1 mix then pull the cover off of the box?  Did you sand the cover before you pulled it away from the original box or did you pull the cover off the box and then sand it? (Just want to know the eastiest way to sand the cover so it dosn't crack. Also seems like it would be easier to sand the cover before you pulled it away so you can put more force into it when you are sanding it) And did you reinforce the back of the cover after you pulled it away from the original box, with resin and fg mat. Seems like it would be a brittle piece it you didnt reinforce it and it would be hard to sand without cracking it. (Ive never done the 5:1 mix but theres nothing holding it together, such as the mat, I want to make a clean piece but dont want to crack it when I am sanding it) Just wanted to be goining in the right direction before I start.

Thanks Chris How to Make a Fiberglass Enclosure - Page 4 -- posted image.

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Great write up, thx for taking the time to post it ;)
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I am still trying to figure out, the best way to attach a fiberglass trim/insert panel? If you do not want it perminently attached how do you attach it? Lets say i want to make a fiberglass panel over some batteries that i need to get to, to charge, i would make an insert panel right. But how can i attach it? I cannot use screws, because screw heads would ruin the whole look, i cannot use an epoxy because that would be perment, anyone have any suggestions on how to attach a removable fiberglass insert panel? i really appreciate it
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   hello to everyone. cant wait to run into all of you at some point on this forum. great stuff here!!!
   hey dude. why dont you try like a rabbitededge with some decorative latches? like the ones on a guitar case?!?! im a fan of accents and accessories on builds. or you could build everything and countersink the screw heads then wood filler then tape it all off and carefully glass around the hinges. sorry dude its all i got right now haha!
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dude!

i tried that with the resin and body filler man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

for me it was more work ,because once it dried it had like waves and dips in it. but yours came out awsome.good jobHow to Make a Fiberglass Enclosure - Page 4 -- posted image. 

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great read!
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Posted: June 08, 2006 at 7:09 PM / IP Logged  
Well im new to most of this and Im still pretty young but i know a few things about electronics, and enclosures.
I just am wondering about how much the equipment costed you to make this enclosure.You see i havent done any fiberglass work,yet but am verry anxious about starting.I would just like to know an approximate cost that it will cost me.
Thank you (and i love the original post and the pics)
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Posted: June 09, 2006 at 8:21 AM / IP Logged  
stevephy wrote:

About the enclosure; once you sanded it down, did you do anything else to it?  Primer, paint, or did you just leave it unfinished?

StevePhy

Sorry for the late reply been hella busy of late. I sanded the enclosure down to about 220 grit and then did a black base primer and left it at that because you don't see it anyways so no paint or further finishing was needed.

Jeff
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