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Armor Case Mod - Page 6
Written by Booman   
Friday, 29 August 2008 22:00
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After several coats of Black Appliance Epoxy in my spray booth, I felt like the finish had a decent shine to it. I definitely could have added more coats but I was running out of paint. With my current budget, I couldn't afford any more. If the light hits it just right, there is a decent reflection.

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I was worried that I would have to purchase some plexi-glass but I remembered a left over piece from a window air conditioner installation. It is one of those 1/4" thick pieces, so cutting and filing it will be a chore, but I'm not about to give up now! I started measuring again and left about a 1/2" between the plexi-glass and the mounts on the side panel, then I cut away! Usually I use a metal "T" square and clamp it across the plexi-glass, then score it with a sharp tool on both sides so I can snap it. Other times I've used a jigsaw at slow speeds and cut right through the plastic. For this 1/4" plastic I decided to score it. After snapping the pieces apart, I cut the rounded edges with a hacksaw and then stared the filing process. Almost a year later (well it seemed like a year), all my plexi-glass edges were smooth. Now its time for drilling the mounting holes. I decided the rivets will have a function rather than just looking beautiful. They will hold the plexi-glass onto the side panel. One trick I learned is to always drill the plexi-glass holes directly through the side panel holes. This way they line up perfectly.

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I've finished coating the side panel with Black Appliance Epoxy and it's ready to install the plexi-glass. I was generally happy with the glossy finish despite some of the debris particles in the paint. Before I glued the rivets in to hold on the plexi-glass I needed to mask of the cross areas because that hot glue can be very messy & stringy.

 



 
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