So here's the finishing point for today. The process went something like this:
-Super glue to hold the xenarc bezel in place temporarily
-Fiberglass reinforced filler around the edges. Put about 3 applications of this stuff on, sanding with 80 grit in between
-Bondo ultimate gold body filler just to smooth things out, sanded with 80 grit to get the shapes, then 100, 150, 220, 320 wet once I was happy with the shape and placement
-1 coat Krylon primer
-Go back and fix some mistakes with more bondo. Used 100 grit for shaping, resanded the entire thing with 150, 220, and 320 wet.
-3 more coats of primer
-Wetsand 320 grit
-1 more coat of primer.
In the morning, it'll get atleast 2 more coats of primer, a wetsand with 320 grit and then 400 grit, and probably one more coat of primer over that. Then we'll start with some color and then some clear coat.
2003 FX4 Level II. Twin Shifters. Black. A few mods here and there.
Well my biggest problem with matching it to the exterior is that the exterior is black, and the dashboard in the level II is black also, so I think it would look kind of weird. I like the silver that it is now, but I can't find the right paint for it.
Right now i'm back-tracking. 2 days and this damn chrome-ish paint STILL isn't completely dry... sanding it off has been a real b!tch. I'm really pissed with this stuff. It looks and just flat out is terrible. I've got to go get more primer now and see if I can't find where my mom put my clear-coat. I've got to find a good color for the bezel now.
Go to ALSAcorp.com and see how much a sample of Ghost Chrome would cost you. It dries super fast and you just have to mist it on. But that bezel has to be almost perfect, your best bet would be to spray some clear over the primer and wet sand it with some 1500 or 2000 like kris said. Then spray on the ghost chrome.
You could always do a metallic light grey base then get some aluminum hobby paint and a fine haired 2" wide brush and lightly brush the aluminum hobby paint on to make the "brushed aluminum look". Or just paint it Pewter
I finished the clear coat on the bezel today... It's not perfect, but I think it will work alright once it's in the truck. I burned a new ISO disk last night with a very very small (145mb ISO, probably about 450mb installation) of Windows XP. Should leave me with a memory footprint of about 40 mb while the carputer is up and running. What does this mean? I have an operating system that will hopefully use up almost NO space and NO memory, so the computer will run very fast!
They sell that stuff at home depot? I'm not using a high-gloss paint, so would it really make that much of a difference?
A week late, but they sell that grit at autozone or advance auto parts. I say its worth it. I used it on my bezel and only went to 600 on some other pieces. The bezel turned out more smooth and professional looking.