how do you create a bodykit for your car?
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Posted 6/21/08 , edited 6/21/08
i asked family members that work with cars alot but i don't seem to get any real answer plus i have to wait until sept of this year before i can learn anything serious.Does anyone know how to create your own bodykit?If you do know or know of a website that can help.Thanks alot
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you can look here http://www.fgci.com/howto/ht004hand_lay_up.html think its for a boat but its most likely the same prosses for making stuff for a car.
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Posted 6/21/08
You take a few odd shapes like curved trianges, etc., and you bondo it all together and see what you get. If you reall feel adventurous, use gorilla glue.
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If you really want to make something I would look into using idustrial modelling clay that auto-manufacturers use for scale models. Depending how well you do this you can create a high quality mold. What you would do is remove the front bumper and apply the clay to manipulate. It's pretty easy because am an industrial design student.

Posted 6/23/08
all that i kno is that u can mix em up to suit ur style but didnt know u can creat em ur self...huumm..interesting
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shuttle wrote:

you can look here http://www.fgci.com/howto/ht004hand_lay_up.html think its for a boat but its most likely the same prosses for making stuff for a car.


yup. same concept.

Only difference is, sometimes you can just mock up a prototype by using the existing front bumper while it's still on the car.

The way i used to do it was i'd wrap the bumper while on the car in clingwrap.

Then, you use either industrial clay or body putty to mould into the shape that you like and measure and cut as you need. wood pieces also work if it's real thin. just measure twice knead/assemble once. Make sure everything's symmetrical, wrap it in clingwrap, and then tape the pieces to the wrapped bumper since the excess skeleton parts you're using to attach it with should be very light.

next, you take some fiberglass matte, mix it with the proper resin (i use conventional laminating resin, though if you want a long-lasting kit you may want to go a different route with more high end stuff).

Make sure to mix the catalyst agent with the resin in proper amounts, and use a paintbrush to stir. Then, massage and tap the resin deep into the fiberglass to where the white fibers are almost all see-through.

take the wet 'glass and apply it as you like. be sure to have a respirator and nitrile gloves on, because that stuff will give you a nice smexy chemical burn if you're not careful.

as you lay it over the parts, dont' worry about covering up the holes. the purpose right now is to just get the overall exterior shape down.

let it dry.

then, with a razorblade or xacto knife, lightly cut and pry away the clingwrap so you can pull off the bumper.

now you can scuff it up and lay more fiberglass over it on inside and out, and then work with it and build on it as you see fit.

carve out any vents or ducts as you need.

then rent out an HVLP spray gun with air compressor and shoot some gelcoat over the bumper.

after that dries, scuff it very lightly with some 500grit wet sandpaper to where the finish seems hazed and dull.

shoot a coat of primer.

scuff that with 600 wetsand paper and then let dry.

wipe and prep with an auto body degreaser.

spray basecoat, then clearcoat, then attach bumper to your car.

congratulations, you're done like dinner.
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cha1nsawyofac3 wrote:

i asked family members that work with cars alot but i don't seem to get any real answer plus i have to wait until sept of this year before i can learn anything serious.Does anyone know how to create your own bodykit?If you do know or know of a website that can help.Thanks alot


Any luck getting started?
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actually yeah just waiting alittle while before i get started i've gone through countless designs but i think i foun a certain style that might make it look awesome. i'm so happy.
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can't wait to see how it turns out.

just remember rave lazer lights are your friend. You can see if a line is perfect by getting a straightline laser. having everything flush is what makes or breaks kits. ...and honestly, you don't want to end up like "extreme dimensions" *pukes*

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I was watching rides or something on Spike late night, and they did this episode with Chris Titus, he wanted to make a ride that his wife was happy to be driving in. He added in a custom body kit to a F150 (latest model) and the body kit guy used to make surf boards. What he did was he used the same technique he did with making surf boards and then I think put in some fiberglass to strengthen the mold. I forget, but I'm wondering what the surf board material was. It made it look so much easier.
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i'm scraping it and starting a new one it doesn't seem right on my car back to the drawing boards i guess.
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cha1nsawyofac3 wrote:

i asked family members that work with cars alot but i don't seem to get any real answer plus i have to wait until sept of this year before i can learn anything serious.Does anyone know how to create your own bodykit?If you do know or know of a website that can help.Thanks alot


your seriosly a jerk you know that i mean why were you on MY crunchyroll that was a really messed up thing to do know i have to disenfect it your cooties are all over my page ewwww
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