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Post  Admin on Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:31 pm

Never been a fan of the square japanese spec plates so wanted to convert the recess into the oblong euro spec style.

I made a mould from a toms bumper I have on another car (with a UK plate)

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Using a jig saw I cut out the original recess area

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I needed to make sure the plate ended up in the middle so measured and measured again both on th emould and the bumper the centers so I could align them

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It was then taped/clamped in place

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Post  Admin on Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:27 pm

First I put a layer of gelcoat on

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followed by 2 layers of 100gsm

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then 2 layers of 300gsm


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followed by a final layer of 100gsm to give it a smooth finish

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And after mould removal

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Just got to do a bit of sanding to blend it in fully - will post some more pics once Ive done it and given it a coat of primer

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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:46 pm

Ok been doing a bit more! :-)

After quite a bit of sanding its now "blended" - well almost anyway

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A closer shot - as you can see theres little areas which need a bit of filling etc

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I just threw on a quicj coat of colour just to highlighet where the defects are

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