Fibreglassing?

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Fibreglassing?

Postby Moneypit » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:41 am

Sorry it's not Midas related but as I know some of you are experienced in the art of fibreglassing , I was after your views.
The Latham that I've got has lens covers over the head lights.One was already cracked and the other day I dropped something and cracked the other one. I'm looking at changing the look of the front as in the attached photos as the covers are expensive and I prefer the TVR Tuscan look anyhow.

I was going to use expanding foam to get the rough shape, then fibreglass and filler over the top.Faired in and painted.
Or should I get the exact shape with foam and filler, take a mold from this and produce a fibre glass piece to bond in place of the light lens?

That's not my car by the way, just a picture I found on the 'net.

Any ideas would be much appreciated

Cheers

Dave
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Re: Fibreglassing?

Postby Rich » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:47 am

I think David was looking at something like this using Smart Roadster headlights.
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Re: Fibreglassing?

Postby Moneypit » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:30 pm

I remember seeing that. Possibly what put the idea for the Latham in my head, that and the Comarth Xtamy and the Tuscan ofcourse.
I don't really want the separate light pod though.
This way I can set the llights according to the wing line. 90mm lights are available from S.V.C among others. A little pricey but i like the look.
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Re: Fibreglassing?

Postby Moneypit » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:01 am

Kinda winging it here ;)

Used the expanding foam almost to size. Put it on too deep to start with and ended up with a gooey soft centre.Topped it off with filler.

Now just trying to get a good shape and finnish.

Think I'll take a mould before I cut out for the lights. Just incase it all goes pear shaped !

Any advise on making moulds??
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Re: Fibreglassing?

Postby Hans Efde » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:06 am

I once used expanding foam to make headrests for my Midas and had the same problem. But I solved it by wetting the surfaces of the mould. Expanding foam needs water for its reaction. Usually there is enough in the air, but spraying contact areas with water helps.
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Re: Fibreglassing?

Postby Moneypit » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:11 pm

Thanks Hans. I'll try that when I do the other side.
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