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mr beta 
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Posted: October 25, 2006 at 2:06 AM / IP Logged  
In the near future I plan on glassing a new dash/console/whatever you want to call it.
FG Dash Replacement -- posted image.
I want to move my knobs around and such.
For something that smooth, would it be better to use cloth over fg? How many layers should be used, etc.
Any tips?
mr beta 
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Posted: October 25, 2006 at 9:24 AM / IP Logged  
Sorry for the mixup and the double post.
I meant would to ask if it'd be better to use fg cloth over mat.
realitycheck 
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Posted: October 25, 2006 at 11:06 AM / IP Logged  
If your doing dashwork I wouldnt use fiberglass I would use, abs plastic. Go to this website and look at how he usually does his dashboard stuff, really good link, www.hzemall.com
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Melted Fabric 
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Posted: October 25, 2006 at 3:23 PM / IP Logged  
mr beta wrote:
Sorry for the mixup and the double post.
I meant would to ask if it'd be better to use fg cloth over mat.
Dashboards are not usually extremely thick as say a subwoofer box.
Try no less than 3 layers of fglass, but no more than 6. Lay down three first, do a test with your thumb throughout the whole piece by asserting pressure to see how much it flexs.
If you only want to do certain sections, then I would recommend, like realitycheck said, use abs plastic, and hzemall has some very nice tools and supplies for accomplishing this.
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bellsracer 
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Posted: October 29, 2006 at 2:07 PM / IP Logged  
Use mat if you planning on doing curves and such. Cloth FG is usually meant for flatter and/or large surfaces.
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mr beta 
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Posted: October 30, 2006 at 1:08 AM / IP Logged  
Well, I was just planning on moving some controls around on the white part of the dash in the picture. It comes out in 1 or 2 sections right now so I'll keep reading up on it and decide once I get some funds.
Melted Fabric 
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Posted: October 31, 2006 at 2:14 PM / IP Logged  
Then I'd suggest the ABS plastic method
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maliboom 
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Posted: November 03, 2006 at 12:56 PM / IP Logged  

You could also use plexi glass. Its bendable, flexable, and strong enough for the type of work your doing. Plus you can add some flash to the dash by having it clear with lights behind it. Or you can paint it the same as abs.

druidpagen 
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realitycheck i can't get to that sight are you sure you posetd it right?
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don't feel bad, I can't get to the site either???
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