Hi there, I''ve been practicing with clay for a little while on and off. My main interest with clay was to one day be able to sculpt bodykits/ lip kits for my favorite cars. I'm wondering how someone would go about making a lip kit; if you don't know what those are, they're like additions that you put on your OEM front and rear bumper, aswell as new sideskirts. Let's say I want to make a front lip, how would I go about doing so with industrial clay? Afew quastions I have in mind: 1. Is it possible to take a front bumper cover and work on it even when it's off the car? Reason for this is, I don't have enough money to buy a car simply to do this to it. I know bumpers flex and such when they're off the car so I was wondering how you'd do this. 2. How about making the mold? Hoiw exacltly do you do this and what material should I use to make my final FRP part? would simple fiberglass do? or if you have any specific brands, please reccomend.
Sorry for the long post, but I would really love to get some answers.
Here's some pics of the lip kits I'm talking about:
Post by Steve Austin on Nov 27, 2007 8:06:47 GMT -8
For a basic answer to your question you would have to set up the bumper that you took off in some sort of jig to keep it rigid while you were modeling the spoiler kit. Another method would be to take a mold from the existing bumper and make a duplicate bumper from that mold in fiberglass, then make the modifications.
The mold can be made from plaster or fiberglass depending on how many parts you would be making. The fiberglass can be an epoxy or polyester resin. I would check the web on various methods for a longer explanation on fiberglass, that way you will have a fuller understanding. www.chavant.com also has information on mold making on its tech info page.