EL panel install... how the real men do it

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by Hidds, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Hidds

    Hidds THAT annoying guy....

    hey guys

    well it was a hot enough day on staurday already,

    BIG HUGE thanks to MoulaZX for helping me out, i do greatly appreciate the help he gave me and am extremely sorry for putting him in the dog house for staying with me so late to get this installed
    (excuse the lack of photos)

    well we began with removal of the panel from the car, quite the easy process
    but that was the only easy thing about the whole process...

    it was kind of easy to pry apart because it was hot enough already and the sealant was kinda old and loose already... but we still needed to heat it up MAN STYLE

    yes thats a BBQ.. no ovens for us because were BLOKES!!! (and no gas oven in the house)

    we got it apart slowly but truley, little issues along the way but it was no issue for me. we then got to masking and spraying

    i spent ages sanding down the letters... because i didnt have a good techneque and i generally hate sanding, but it got done and came up nice
    got the EL strip, mocked it up tested it, then got to taping it all down added some paper in there for good pressure (Moulazx thinking on the fly)

    wired it up, and for some reason my right drivers side tail light wouldent light up... just randomly lost power, moulazx was going crazy trying to find what it was and where it came from... but no avail, so we wired it up on the opposite side and it came up good (but with lack of a drivers side tail light)

    i took the final photo at work the next day, still shows up good in the light

    and again... i cant thank Moulazx enough for his help, i owe you big time champ
  2. MoulaZX

    MoulaZX #TEAMROB

    Happy to help mate, but yea that power issue at the end so strange. If I had more time I would have chased down the problem properly but as you know I already got in a bit of hot water with the missus. :p

    If it bugs you enough, bring it past my place. I'll see what I can do to fix it. Could maybe give it a quick polish even. :)

    Oh and it looks Zexy! :zlove:

  3. Vader

    Vader Just another guy

    Quick question guys: is there an article anywhere that explains what exactly needs to be sanded back (and how much)?

    I don't have a spare centre panel, and have balked at doing this because I just don't want to stuff things up.
  4. Hidds

    Hidds THAT annoying guy....

    theres a guide in the tech section... but you only need to sand off the paint on the "300ZX" lines till you can see through them, and if you have a OEM centre panel you need to put on a couple of layers of paint cause they are transparent'ish
  5. ichizora

    ichizora Loud

    Looks awesome! Yet to get around to doing this to mine...
    Did you check the little black box behind the driver's side boot trim? Tug on that a bit and see if the light comes back on.
  6. Sanouske

    Sanouske Retired Moderator

    Top work, looks very good.

    Well done and good on you for getting the 4 burner in on the action.

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