Custom S14 Climate Control/Vent Trim Panel Part 3

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Custom Interior Fabrication, Toby Broadfield's Work
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In part 3 I will discuss what I did with the S-AFC. The only place it could go at this point was the center area where the climate controls use to live. The opening was damn near perfect as far as height…. we are talking a 1/32″ too small. I simply sanded the upper and lower edge with 80 grit and that was enough. Again, I wanted it to look as OEM as possible. So I counter sunk the unit back about 1/4″. I then used 1/16″ ABS sheet to make small fillers on either side.

I rough cut a couple pieces and marked where the angles would be to conform to the profile of the S-AFC:

This is after rough cutting, then test fitting and re-cutting until I got the exact shape I needed:

I then super glue those in place for a semi-permanent bond:

I rough sanded the entire area with 80-grit, then used texture coat to act as a filler and see where I’m at as far as finish grade. I then sand that down with 80, 120, 180 then 240 to see how close I am to doing my final texture coating:

I didn’t take any pictures, but I also used the 3M Duramix on the back side of the panels for a permanent bond. Superglue is not permanent enough and is very brittle. So the superglue will give way under flexing… the Duramix laughs in the face of flexing. I only use the superglue for a very easy bonding to hold it in place. I use a very high grade CA super glue and use an accelerant to instantly cure it. So I glue the pieces in place then use this accelerant out of an aerosol can to “kick” it.

I make sure everything still fits as intended…. very close to doing my final texture and paint. Probably another texture coat and sand it down. Then a final texture coat for the actual texture and then final paint:

Part 4 will be the finishing work!

  1. Bill says:

    Wow. Just, wow.

  2. Bry says:

    Really coming together, how many hours do you think you’ve put into this so far?

  3. Si says:

    Awesome job, really looks the part!

  4. Jeff says:

    Looks great. Out of curiosity what sanding tools do you often use for contours and tight interior edges? I’ve just started out fabricating some of my own pieces and I’m not incredibly familiar with the practice.

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