How to build a fiberglass center console

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How to build a fiberglass center console
Create a mould first to customise your centre console. (convertible car interior image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

Many car enthusiasts build a fibreglass centre console to incorporate a unique look or to better serve their needs than the car's original factory console. You can build your own fibreglass centre console to customise your car.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large block of foam
  • Face mask
  • Rasping tool
  • Resin
  • Fleece material
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Fibreglass mat
  • Grinder
  • Auto body filler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Design the centre console. Using the blocks of foam, rasping tools and sandpaper, build the basic shape of the centre console. Use the rasping tools for the shape and the sandpaper for making the corners and edges smooth. Use the hot glue gun to glue foam blocks together if one block isn't enough.

  2. 2

    Stretch fleece material over the entire foam mould enough so that it can be attached on the underside. This is what the fibreglass will adhere to, so make sure there is 100 per cent coverage.

  3. 3

    Coat the entire mould and fleece with resin using a paint brush. After the entire mould is covered with a coat of resin, it should be soaking into the fleece. Allow it to dry for a few hours.

  4. 4

    Cover the resin with fibreglass mat (you may also use spray-on fibreglass shards for this step) and allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Grind down any high points on the mould. Fill the low areas with body filler and allow to dry.

  6. 6

    Sand the entire mould by hand with 600-grit sandpaper, then move to a higher-grit sandpaper and repeat. Move to 800 and finish with 1,000-grit sandpaper. This will make the fibreglass centre console very smooth and free of imperfections.

  7. 7

    Finish the fibreglass centre console by either painting the console or covering it with material.

Tips and warnings

  • Follow the directions on cans of auto body filler and resin before using.
  • Never sand or use a grinder without wearing a face mask.

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