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FROM THE August 2011 ISSUE

Making a chrome decorative panel for the dash

Q: I’m working on a mild custom, and I’m looking for a way to make a small, chrome decorative panel with little ribs or corrugations to wrap up and around the curved bottom edge of the dash. I can’t seem to find anything to use to make the ribs as small as I would like.  Any suggestions?
Keith Mason
via E-mail

Ken: We have just the technique you might be looking for. Here again, we looked outside the hobby – this time toward the model railroaders – for an answer. We’ve seen this technique used for small-scale diesel locomotive grilles, and it looks great.

You probably have a staple gun or some other type of stapler somewhere around the house or garage. Take a strip of staples out of the gun and sit it on the bench with the points down. Look closely, and you’ll see that the strip of staples just happens to resemble a small ribbed grille.

Get a piece of aluminum foil (Bare- Metal foil is too thin) and burnish it down into the strip of staples with a cotton swab. After you’ve embossed the pattern onto the foil, carefully trim the foil to the desired shape and glue it onto the dash with thin contact cement.

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