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    Default Modeling material help - clay, plastics etc.

    Hi,
    I'm trying to design a facia for my double din DVD player (car stereo)

    I want the facia to be the DVD, not just the surround.

    I've taken off the front of the DVD player and extended the edges to match the shape of the standard Vauxhall Stereo (sloped edge rectangle), then I can masking tape up the screen and buttons, and spray the hole face to colour match the dash board, so it all blends in, and looks like part of the dash.

    I did this before with my last DVD player:

    But I want this one to be better. The one in the picture, you can still see the outline of the original shape. My new one, I want to blend into the surround, then paint over.

    I've been doing a few 'mock-ups' using car body filler for scratches, letting it dry, then sanding down to a smooth finish. I messed that one up because I ran out of filler, and used a different one that was harder, so now I can't sand it down properly.
    So I'm opening up to new ideas for materials to use.

    I remember a modling clay for childhood called 'Fimo', it's like plastacine but you put in oven and it goes rock hard.
    I've also seen some plastic on Ebay, that you warm up, mold to a shape, then it sets.


    Does anyone have any ideas as to what I could use? Something thats easy to manage, and is able to sand afterwords, but still be tough.

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    Have a search for a thread by Pauls898 - he did a custom surround which fitted perfectly, although he did have access to CNC machining so he had somewhat of an advantage!

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    there's some stuff called super sculpey, make it into whatever you want shape wise, bake it and you can paint it and sand it down to what you like, it goes rock solid as it's polymer based

    http://www.polymerclaypit.co.uk/acat...r_Sculpey.html

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    What about fibre glass, finish it off with a thin coat of filler and hey presto!

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    I'll have a play around this week, and should be finished by next weekend.

    Will post some pictures up when it's done.

    I just want the DVD player to look like the standard stereo, where it's all one block, and fit perfect and looks like it's meant to be there.

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    You can get stuff called polymorphe. Its a plastic that you warm up to mould it, then it sets. It would be differcult to get a nice smooth curved even finish with it though.
    What did you use to paint the fasia with, I'm making one and now looking at paints.....

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    I used the car spray tins from halfords - got 2 - Rover Gun Metal and a Peugeot one - not sure on the name, tested both and think the peugeot one is best. Just have a look at the range, and find one that the colour is similar to your dash.

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