Del's Build: SLC IR/8

Boards finally arrived so was able to get the depth needed and finish up the drawing to send to ShapeWays. I really need to consider getting a 3D resin printer in the future.

Some of the white LEDs will be covered by the shroud, I thought about adding a provision in it so they wouldn't be. Decided to leave as is to see how it looks, may end up sanding that part down if it looks funky as the running light.
 

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Just catching up on a few things in your thread -
2800 pounds, that gives me a data point for comparison, my blower and much wider rear tires are at least half of the difference between our cars.

Those side by side pics are great. Your little girl is going to be the most popular in her High School with a Dad like you. All the boys will be envious of her ride whatever it grows up to be.
I like the twin turbos behind the rear panel! What boost is it running :)
 
Thanks Mesa! Just hope I don't have to beat up any of her future boyfriends, lol. I am already curious what she'll end up driving, all I know is I won't be giving the keys to the SLC her homecoming or prom date!

Had no clue the following these ride-on cars have, it's unreal what people do to them. I have a feeling down the road in a couple of years, it'll to get upgraded so it'll feel like those turbos are spinning.
 
3D resin printed shrouds should show up Friday so I can verify fitment, prep and spray Grigio Telesto.

Over the weekend, I printed it out on mine in PLA since I was curious how it'd look lit up. Silver PLA is translucent so ended up spraying it black. I wasn't thinking and made the mistake and painted inside shroud black as well, on the real ones I'll spray chrome or something shiny to reflect the parking light better instead of absorbing alot of the light.

I didn't like how the white boards and LEDs could be seen so tinted the lens which looked better. Also tried translucent and transparent orange vinyl I had laying around, but made it look cheesy. Probably will end up masking the LEDs and spraying the board black, maybe adding tint to the lens, will see how it turns out.

Also setup an appointment for December 7th to make a day trip with the family to Houston to get my windows tinted 35% and shopping for the wife. I'm considering getting the rear window done in 50% (or lighter if they have it) with the idea it'll make it blend in with the paint. I also ordered a roll of paper so I can trace the window and the fiberglass frit (not sure if I used this correctly). I'll scan it in, trace in CAD and get a vinyl frit cut out that I'll use behind the tint so I can use silicone around the perimeter of the 3 windows to seal them from water when I wash the car.
 

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Dan Carter

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Hey Del

How do you plan to secure your windows, urethane or mechanical or both?

What tint product have you found that will stick to poly?
 
Hey Del

How do you plan to secure your windows, urethane or mechanical or both?

What tint product have you found that will stick to poly?
They'll remain mechanically secured with the typical bolts, as far as sealing just regular silicone but open to other ideas.

As for the tint, they will install PPF first and the tint them afterwards. From what I was told, with the PPF as the barrier, there is no conflict between the tint and Lexan. Both are XPEL brand. They were open to the idea of me shipping my windows to them and just including a return label to ship back. Assuming all is good after my install, this could be an option to other owners that would like tint if they don't have a local place willing to tackle it.
 

Joel K

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They'll remain mechanically secured with the typical bolts, as far as sealing just regular silicone but open to other ideas.

As for the tint, they will install PPF first and the tint them afterwards. From what I was told, with the PPF as the barrier, there is no conflict between the tint and Lexan. Both are XPEL brand. They were open to the idea of me shipping my windows to them and just including a return label to ship back. Assuming all is good after my install, this could be an option to other owners that would like tint if they don't have a local place willing to tackle it.
Very interested to see how this works. Thanks for keeping us posted.
 
The license plate cover is something I really liked how it looked, but never really happy with the constant glare it produces when trying to take a picture. In Louisiana, we don't get the option of cool plates like Texas has so I'm stuck with a bright white plate against the gray so it stands out. I attempted to tint it myself with Vivvid air-release light smoke vinyl, but failed miserably.....way more complex to wrap than I expected. Hit up a local guy to see if he was willing to tint it, experience pays off for sure.
 

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Very interested to see how this works. Thanks for keeping us posted.
Same here, I'm hopeful all will work out. I sent them pictures of the profile of the window as well as dimensions and they are confident they can get it done. They had just finished a Porsche GT3 (I think) that had Lexan windows when I first contacted them, although I'm sure they are nearly as contoured. My fingers are crossed!
 
Random idea to tint the license plate since we don't get cool options like Texas, not to mention the personalized plates have no background like the regular plates so they're just ridiculously bright white (especially against the gray paint). Never was crazy about the light smoke plate cover, always a glare when snapping pictures. I also had to trim the bottom since there is only room for a bare plate. I attempted to tint it myself with Vivvid air-release vinyl, but it is deceiving and way more difficult than I expected so I had it wrapped for $35. Of course it still retains it's reflective appearance at night.

When I went to go put on the plate last night, had a random idea to snap some pictures. Turned all the lights off, put a flood light on my work bench or in front of the car and got these pretty decent pics. They do have a filter on them from my phone, but I really want to toss originals into Photoshop and see how they turn out. This really makes me want to learn how to properly shoot and edit vehicle pics.

With all this darkening of things on the car from headlights, tails, signals and now plate, I think it may be time to dip wheels a shade darker or suck it up and get them powdercoated.
 

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Got my resin printed signal shrouds in the mail and mocked them up to make sure everything fit as intended. Had some rattle can chrome so I sprayed the insides, then outside in Grigio Telesto and cleared. Also wasted an hour masking and unmasking all 76 LEDs (per board) so I could spray the background black. Hope to assemble them soon, curious to see how they look together and on the car.
 

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Traced my windows. I'll scan them in this week and trace in CAD so I can get a vinyl frit cutout and apply after they get tinted. Planning to get side windows in 35% and I think I may go ahead and let them do the rear window in 50%. Only reason for tinting the rear window is so the window matches the body color and blends in a bit.

Tinted the covers for the InfinityBox cells. While I haven't driven in complete darkness, figured the passenger side cell may get annoying to see it flashing out of the corner of my eye.

Been wanting to hide the AC line in front of the radiator so covered it with some split braided loom. I didn't notice the other line in the corner, will have to do it another day.

When my buddy sent me the orange anodized VIN tags, he made a few extra things for me (like hood emblem). I wasn't sure what to do with the little emblems, but was curious how they fit on the HVAC knobs so had to see. I won't use them, don't need anymore logos in the car but are cool looking nonetheless. The picture with 2 emblems, top is in generic light smoke, bottom is Vivvid air release light smoke. I like how the Vivvid makes the lasered part more gray so will retint nose emblem at some point.
 

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Had to print a spacer out to put between the LED board and lens so it could distribute the parking light ring. Ignore the dirt and finger prints on the lens, just a test fit.

Seems I'm trying to see how many components I have to make a stupid turn signal, lol. In my defense while my wife is finishing up her semester I don't get much shop time since I have the kid, so with something like this I can do little here and there.... Just it gives me way too much time to think. Class ends Friday so next week I'll be able to get back on the SLC and install these, new android headunit and few other things I have been wanting to do.

I didn't original like any Forgestar design so went with the F14 thinking I'd eventually change them out, but after getting the car back and dipping them silver I've grown quite fond of them compared to other options out there. They're a SOB to clean, even harder since they're dipped. While thinking about a darker color to re-dip them, got a quote to get them powdercoated so seriously thinking about doing it being done. I'm not 100% confident this style wheel will look good with the color I have in mind, but I know I don't want silver or black . Having a gray car makes it hard to pick a color between silver and black because it may look like I attempted (and failed) to match them to the body color.
 

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