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    Need some creative ideas on this one...

    I'm looking for some ideas on how to nicely finish off this area where I have the switches controlling the lighting in my car. I want it to look just like this... only with something that looks nicer than the cardboard, lol. I have to be able to put those switches through it though. If any one has any ideas feel free to spill 'em. Here's a few pics... thanks for any input.
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    Another pic
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    Here's what the dash looks like with all the lights on...
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    damn thats crazy

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    Carbon fiber i know machV has CF sheets that would look awsome
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    Mach V makes carbon fiber sheets? How do I get it to fit perfectly in this cut out, do I cut/shape the carbon fiber myself?

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    you could do it up easy in fiberglass and then color match the paint to your trim.. you could even make it so that it sits flush with the trim around it

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    Just find some duct tape that matches the dash pretty close and you're all good

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    i'd say get fiberglass shaped into that to hold them...

    and damn those lights are nutz, if they were red...mmmmm
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    Originally posted by brcewane
    you could do it up easy in fiberglass and then color match the paint to your trim.. you could even make it so that it sits flush with the trim around it
    I've never used fiberglass... don't know where to get it, how to work with it, or how to color it. It shouldn't be hard to shape the piece... I'd just make measurements, stencil an outline, and then cut out the piece (right?) but the piece has to be curved, slightly concave, to fit this area flushly (see the artistic fold in the cardboard to match the curve lol). That seems like it'd be the tough part. And how would I color it?

    Thanks for the responses.
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    Originally posted by hamz01
    I've never used fiberglass... don't know where to get it, how to work with it, or how to color it. It shouldn't be hard to shape the piece... I'd just make measurements, stencil an outline, and then cut out the piece (right?) but the piece has to be curved, slightly concave, to fit this area flushly (see the artistic fold in the cardboard to match the curve lol). That seems like it'd be the tough part. And how would I color it?

    Thanks for the responses.
    Go to your local autozone or hardware store and pick up some fibergalss mat and some fiberglass resin/hardener.

    Cut a pice of the fiberglass matt to be a little bit larger than your cardboard that you have there.. soak the mat in resin/hardener and then wrap it over your cardboard to get the shape you want.

    Let it set up and harden, then add some more layers to get to your desired thickness. Then cut out your 3 holes and make sure everything fits right, sand it down and then paint it.

    Remeber if you do this be sure to wear rubber gloves, eye protectiong and a good canister air mask. Also make sure you have the air mask and eye protection on when sanding.

    Also pick up some UV activated Bondo while you are there to help smooth out the fiberglass and fill in any holes that you find.. it basically goes on like putty, it will save you a lot of sanding time.

    Once you do the fiberglass once you will see how easy it is and start fabricating other parts. Plus it is cheap if you screw up

    Have fun

    P.S. get your self a cheap little palm sander while you are at it, it will save your fingers

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    That's a big help, I think I'll try that out. Thanks mucho!
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    Those led's are really bright. I've never seen anything like what you have done. Post pictures of when you finish it up. I'm curious to see what it'll look like.

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    Yes, the lights are quite bright, but they aren't distracting while driving surprisingly. The car really has a lot of green going on, especially with the floor neons, too (pics here). I don't know if I like the configuration now though... I'm thinking of ditching the lights in the compartment under the head unit (cuz the head already has green lighting) and making the illumination of the switches better... right now theres just a tiny LED sitting there that shoots a narrow beem upward and looks like im spotlighting the air conditioning control, lol. I'll keep posting pics.

    P.S. here's how I originally had it set up. I'm going to go back to a set up along these lines but hide the lights by the switches so I have a nice glow there.
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    Same pic without the camera's flash
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