How To: Do fiberglass on a Neon Door Panel!!!

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How To: Do fiberglass on a Neon Door Panel!!!

Post by sxxxt » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:39 am

ok, this is not a project log but it is at the same time. it is not finished but i will post new pictures day by day and once its done you can just look thru here and read how to do it. i will be doing my front doors but not right now, that wont be a how too. after this door is done i will update my WINTER PROJECT (fusion) project log. oh and i will describ it like i would want to read it. so lets get too it.
(picture 1) this is everything you will need to make ur fiberglass.
1.any type of resin, they say some brands are better then others but iv come to learn if you use the whole can within a week its just as good as any other brand, i use walmart brand. oh and buy a extra liquid hardner tube, they never give you enough.
2. two mixing cups with 2 brushes you have to use a new brush with every time you use resin, cuz it hardens up and you cant reuse the brush.
3.cheap semi strechy fabric, not too strechy but get somethin that will strech a little.
4. chop matt this is what makes it strong.
5. BONDO GLASS your best friend, it has fiberglass strans in it. better then bondo this is also the strong point.
6.any type of body filler i have bondo brand but i have some left over so im gonna use it. i prefer z grip
7. staple gun the more powerful the better, air is the best but as u can see i bought a 10 dollar one that will do fine for this application. im using 5/16th staples.
8. sand paper and somethin to sand with like a 6" block. the laquer thinner is just to clean ur stuff, like ur plastic applicator.
9. the commpressor is for my air brush gun not a DA, i dont advice using this on such a small piece. also if i leave anything out ill be sure and add it as i go along
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ok here is where i left off on my WINTER PROJECT(fusion) all i did was melt the 2 plastics together. and this is what i will be fiberglassing.
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here i lay out the cheap fabric across the entire panel, i got a yard just to start out, if i need more it was only a 1$.
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here i begin to use my stable gun and staple on the bottom lip and work my way to the right, making sure its straight and NO RINKELS.
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once i got a good start i cut off the excess fabric i got to the middle line i put one staple at the top to hold it and i can pull slightly and a little taught to get all rinkels out.
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here i have staples around the whole area that is goint to be fiberglassed, i put one staple in the center so i know where the speaker ring starts. and once again i cuz the execess around the staples off.
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Ok day 2 on this how To
what i did today was mixed up some resin and put it on in a medium coat, make sure the entire fabric is soaked in resgin. then let dry for about 30 min or more.
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next step is still part of the previous picture what i did here was while the first layer of resgin is drying i took some chop mat and sprinkled it over the entire pannel very little, next layer will get more. you dont have to do this but it just helps make is stronger.
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what i did in this step was tear some chop mat up in to small medium and larg pieces, put another coat of resin on the piece, but instead of just putting it every where use a tapping motion. tap some resin in one spot just a little spot, put a piece of chop mat on the resin then soak the brush in resgin then cover the piece of chop mat. keep in mind the tapping is to tap out air pockets or bubbles. once the whole entire piece is coverd put more pieces in the spots that are going to flex the most.
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this picture is what it should look like once the chop mat is coverint the entire fabric. i will put one more coat if it is not strong enough. if this was holding the actual speaker i would make it about 4 layers thick.
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More pictures tommorow. keep checkin bak for the finished product. and how too.
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Post by supertrick_05 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:02 am

Wow, sweet deal! That's gonna look SO slick when your done...I can picture it now!
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Post by Dukk » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:12 pm

Have you test fit that into the car? It looks like it's going to interfere with the back seat and for sure people are gonna sit right on/against it.
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Post by gski4life » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:05 pm

looks good, I'm gonna keep an eye on this too...


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Post by sxxxt » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:20 pm

hahah im in a rental tralor and its a spar bed room so i dont care lol

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Post by gski4life » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:24 pm

oh ok well that makes perfect sense then
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Post by sxxxt » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:17 am

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Post by supertrick_05 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:51 pm

Man, that's lookin sick!
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Post by nineball » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:44 am

nice work so far. one tip.. speaking from experience, there is a big difference in resins. i have tried a few, and read many articles and forums, and the most used product seems to be B-440 Premium Polyester Layup Resin in terms of ease of use and work time. they also give you the rignt amount of catalyst with each order :) it's what i used the last time and i loved it. i'll be using it again this spring when i make a new trunk and some new interior mounts.

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Post by kevo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:41 am

um why wouldn't you just lay your fabric and then use fiberglass cloth instead of cutting fiberglass mat up? You should get a near perfect finish if you use cloth instead.

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Post by gski4life » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:38 pm

nineball wrote:nice work so far. one tip.. speaking from experience, there is a big difference in resins. i have tried a few, and read many articles and forums, and the most used product seems to be B-440 Premium Polyester Layup Resin in terms of ease of use and work time. they also give you the rignt amount of catalyst with each order :) it's what i used the last time and i loved it. i'll be using it again this spring when i make a new trunk and some new interior mounts.
So where would you get/order B-440 from? online only?
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Post by sxxxt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:02 am

tell you the truth the walmart brand does the job lol. im sure there are a lot better resgins but for now ill use walmart

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Post by nineball » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:25 am

yes, you can order it from the link. i also get my 3/4 chop mat there.

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Post by sxxxt » Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:28 am

ok got rid of the body line with some bondoglass and then put some filler over the whole bottom half hopefully i can get it primared by this weekend.
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Post by NeonOn19s » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:09 pm

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Post by 2002TuRboNeoN » Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:32 pm

walmart ftw
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Post by yellowpatrol » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:14 pm

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Post by loko498 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:59 pm

how long did it take you to do that? i know you didnt do it all in a week, maybe a lil each weekend?

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Post by sxxxt » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:20 pm

actually it took me four days to get it ready for body filler and after filler took me 2 days to sand then after sanded i primar it i posted updated pictures of it. still have to wet sand it befor paint, doesnt take long if u know what ur doin. i learn as i go and as u can tell im a fast learner lol. yea the other side will be very easy haha.

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Post by IGotYourDoughnut » Sun May 11, 2008 7:49 pm

do you have finished pictures up anywhere?

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Post by sxxxt » Sun May 11, 2008 8:18 pm

iv got primard pictures up on the picture post, under" just some updates"

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Post by IGotYourDoughnut » Sun May 11, 2008 9:07 pm

sweet

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Post by DoubtedNeon » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:43 am

nicely done!
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