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Old 08-19-2004, 03:33 AM   #1
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saw these on ebay, thought they looked ok, but too generic, so I tried to make my own, this is how they turned out, hope this is not too ricey





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those are sweet...how did you make them?
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I started with these plain black shoulder pads from Case Logic, I got them at Canadian Tire for about $5 (cdn) apiece

http://www.casedirect.com/product_de...+BLACK&menu=01

Then I made a plastic stencil from a pattern based on a digital photo of the door badge (I'll post a picture of the pattern, stencil, etc. tonight) It'* basically the same as what I did with the under-hood insulator pad, except on a way smaller scale

First I tried to paint directly onto the shoulder pad, but you need a really smooth flat surface to get reasonable quality, so what I eventually did was get some black cloth, paint the cloth, and then wrap the cloth over the shoulder pad, and glue it in place with fabric glue
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Wow im impressed! Someone should mass produce those
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I really like those!
Sometimes its just the feeling of statisfaction knowing you made something that actually turned out to be useful :P
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They look nice, but using them is so damn uncomfortable
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They look nice.... are they actually comfortable?
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hey auck, want to make some money from me?!
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to give an idea of what'* involved:



this pic is the pattern of the "SSEi supercharged" badge, just a digital pic of the badge on my car, resized to fit on the shoulder pad, converted to black/white, and print

above the pattern is the stencil cutter, it'* like a soldering iron, but with a very pointy tip

trace the pattern onto stencil blank, and then cut out all the letters



this pic is the piece of black cloth, with the stencil, on a piece of glass (best surface to work on, also used when cutting stencil

on the right is the "paint tray" (i.e. styrofoam food tray) and spounge paint roller

across the top is the fabric glue, fabric paint and stencil adhesive



this pic is a close-up of the stencil taped over the cloth onto the piece of glass,

then roller on the paint, wrap around the plain shoulder pad, glue and trim.

the stencil must be cleaned between each use

also, I haven't done this yet, but using a black permanent marker with a sharp tip, go around all the letters and clean-up any paint that "leaked" under the stencil
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They look nice.... are they actually comfortable?
I wondered the same thing, since I hadn't put stuff like this on any previous car, so I tried one before I got the other 3. At first it felt kind of strange, just cause it was different from what I was used to, but by the end of the first drive, it did feel comfortable (but this is a matter of personal preference).

Also, I don't know, maybe there'* a bit of a safety aspect if I was ever in a crash?

But I admit it, the main reason I did it was as an appearance accessory
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