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Unread 12-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #61
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txbonds, Being that it is aluminum, it was mors involved than I had hoped. I first washed it with dish soap and water for the mud and grease, I then wiped it down and kept it wet for 15-20 minutes with full strength vinegar to acid etch it. ( not really sure how effective that was) I then wiped it down with acetone and let it dry. after it was dry, I used an automotive etching primer (nasty stuff, use respirator) and then used black rustoleum paint. Still scratches much more easily that I had hoped, I think the better option would be to anodize or powder coat it for longevity. Might have to do that when summer arrives.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #62
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txbonds, Being that it is aluminum, it was mors involved than I had hoped. I first washed it with dish soap and water for the mud and grease, I then wiped it down and kept it wet for 15-20 minutes with full strength vinegar to acid etch it. ( not really sure how effective that was) I then wiped it down with acetone and let it dry. after it was dry, I used an automotive etching primer (nasty stuff, use respirator) and then used black rustoleum paint. Still scratches much more easily that I had hoped, I think the better option would be to anodize or powder coat it for longevity. Might have to do that when summer arrives.
Thanks for the info. :)
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Unread 12-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #63
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I like the speaker mounts! I'll have to look into something like that on my next build since that one is going to be more for play instead of work.

As far as the aluminum trim, I clean my parts with acetone after a thorough cleaning, hit everything with a scotchbrite or a fine sand paper to put fine scratches in the surface to give everything something to bite to, use self etching primer, and then use epoxy paint.

Epoxy paint takes forever and a day to completely dry, but it's harder to scratch than normal paint.

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Unread 12-27-2012, 06:06 PM   #64
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perhaps that would be the better idea. thanx!
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Unread 01-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #65
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Now nearing the end of this build. The rear speakers are mounted, the basket, and all ancillary seat/ roof metal is mounted, as well as the column mounted cooler, wiring all run and hooked up, and the business logos installed. Will mount roof tonight ( just got back from paint) and the front bumper should arrive tomorrow. Tomorrow night the beast will be trailered off to its home at the golf course until the next parade or trade show. Been a great project, and a good experience! thanx to this forum for all the helpful hints, and encouragement!
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Unread 01-04-2013, 12:55 PM   #66
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Roof came in from paint, so got it mounted and rear speakers situated in their permanent mounts, got everything cleaned up and taken care of, bumper comes in today will get it mounted and will be finsihed with this stage of build. I say this stage because i am sure it will continue to evolve as we go forth perhaps some performance mods, gearing, etc. But for now, she is ready to be shown to the public.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 09:42 AM   #67
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Finally got all the last parts in and bolted on. Cleaned her up and took her out to the golf course. Was very interested in how everything would hold up After 36 holes and 2 days she is working splendidly. Many comments on how good she looks and how the stereo sounds. Success! Thanx to all who contribute to this forum I could never have accomplshed this without all the great info! Here are some photos of the beast in her natural habitat
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Unread 01-07-2013, 09:42 AM   #68
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Unread 01-07-2013, 09:43 AM   #69
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Oops here it is
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. . . what's that thing on the back end with those sticks in it? . . .
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