Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels
What do you want to add?
Some things I'd add off the top of my head:
- Spend more time with the baffles. I just threw mine together because I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing, and the kick panels looked really out of place to me as a result. They didn't blend in with the interior as well as they could have. I also f-ed up with the tweeter depth. *headdesk*
- Carpeting should have overlapped into the baffle, creating a more snug fit and you wouldn't see any of the filler (which looks like garbage). I also didn't need to sand nearly as much as I did for carpeting, and I would have had to do far more work if it were going to be painted. If I was going to get them painted, I would seriously consider just doing a rough job and handing them over to a professional. Sanding is torture.
- Buy carpeting/vinyl/whatever locally and check to see how the colors match first. I just bought some blue carpet from selectproducts...not a wise decision.
- Use a jig when making the baffle. My idea for getting a perfect circle, while somewhat creative, is more or less stupid and a waste of time. I also should have taken a router to the edges of the baffle to make a more smooth transition.
- Use lag bolts, not drywall screws.
- Just rip the fiberglass with your hands, don't cut it.
- Lightweight body filler is your friend.
I'm sure there's more, but those are the ones that immediately jump out at me.
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