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Bass911
07-27-2009, 02:53 PM
What tools do I need to cut it to make a 1.5 din a 2 din? It's a Tahoe. I went to the junkyard. They had some, but all the wrong color. I don't really know how to paint it to match. What tools do I need to cut it without making it looked hacked up? If it is easier to paint it, tell me how and what specific paint for plastic to use?

jmanpc
07-27-2009, 02:56 PM
Dremel

Bass911
07-27-2009, 03:15 PM
Dremel

Which bit for Dremel? What about a rotozip?

jmanpc
07-27-2009, 03:19 PM
i use the mandrel with the cutting blades with my dremel

DonH
07-27-2009, 03:23 PM
stop being a ***** and use your teeth!

Jeremy M
07-27-2009, 03:24 PM
stop being a ***** and use your teeth!

rofls!

WINNAR!

mokedaddy
07-27-2009, 03:43 PM
I use a cut-off wheel.

And for paint, SEM has plastic dyes that work well.

jdc753
07-27-2009, 04:19 PM
I use a cut-off wheel.

And for paint, SEM has plastic dyes that work well.

x2

Dremel has been a great investment. Cut off wheels are very handy. Just tape things off carefully and draw your cut lines on the tape and with a steady hand (take your time) you can get it cut. Cut a little small to give yourself room to sand down if need be.

SEM products are great, they also have a texture spray you can use if you need to mimic the factor finish on a smooth panel.

dappa5
07-27-2009, 05:30 PM
i use air saw and acorn grinder
if you paint it make sure you prep it good (bulldog etc..)
http://www.raptortechnique.com/images/paint02s.jpgtrust me adhesion promoter is vital

Bass911
07-27-2009, 07:16 PM
I'll experiment with the wheel first.

Bass911
07-27-2009, 07:17 PM
Is a spiral saw like rotozip no good?

WrenchGuy
07-27-2009, 10:20 PM
i use air saw and acorn grinder
if you paint it make sure you prep it good (bulldog etc..)
http://www.raptortechnique.com/images/paint02s.jpgtrust me adhesion promoter is vital

X2 as they say.

Bass911
08-07-2009, 12:52 PM
If I paint an 03' bezel, does the factory paint have to be completely stripped? I know I have to sand it, clean it, use adhesion promoter, Krylon Fusion/SEM paint, and maybe krylon clear? I want a mat finish and I'm wondering will the clear coat make it look shiney? I read the clear would make the paint last a lot longer? Can someone walk me through the steps? I'm just trying to match the factory color, nothing fancy.

x1le
08-07-2009, 12:58 PM
a quick run down -

sand dash with a coarse grit, like 200

clean thoroughly

spray 1 or 2 light coats of primer

sand primer if there are any imperfections. this time use like a 600 grit. re-primer if necessary

spray paint it with light coats until happy, if you do multiple coats allow atleast 5 min in between each coat

you can stop here, or if you want to clear it I would wet sand with a fine grit like 1600 and then spray on a couple coats of clear.

you can choose the type of clear, too, glossy or dull.

hope this helps brahhhhhhh

BassMechkanic
08-07-2009, 05:23 PM
air saw and - file to fit, if you do it good enought you might not have to paint anything.

fbi90909
08-07-2009, 10:02 PM
a sawzall and a belt sander.