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Hard Tonneau Cover
Hi. Fiberglass will do it great. You can use automotive primer and paint. Remember many cars are fiberglass made.For my cover I used the 1/2" plywood cause I can walk over the cover. I can even load some stuff on top of it. I am actually planning and upgrade adding some hooks or a side bar to secure more things on top of it. The only thing that you may need to think about using fiberglass is how to cover the piano hinge to make it water tight.The lamp I use is a 12v halogen, it was pretty easy to installed because this truck has a 12v plug in the trunk, so no need to add more cables. I am also thinking to change it for a led lamp that uses less space.
I love this so much I am already planning my version. I intend to use this as my first fiberglass project. I bought some fiberglass a while back when I was planning on building a skiff. I have plenty so this will be perfect. I am wondering though if I use fiberglass whether the vinyl will be necessary. My thought is to use 1/4 plywood and fiberglass the top and bottom. I assume the strength the fiberglass adds will permit the thinner plywood. The combination will make it lighter and easier to handle. I only wonder about painting it. I will have to research how to make fiberglass the color you want. I know you can use dyes but I am not familiar with that at all. If anyone here knows please let me hear back from you.I am curious how well the lighting worked out. Where did you mount it? what kind of light did you use? Would you change anything about it?Thanks for one of the best instructables I have ever seen and I've been a member here for many years.
It is a good idea, I went for the vinyl fabric cause it was easier to work with, but maybe I try the fiberglass when a change it´s need
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I forgot that part. My first try I used pieces of the same 1x2" wood screwed to the frame but it became a pain when you need to remove it.So now I used some screws with Tnuts across the frame and some steel angulars with a piece of rubber on the top to avoid damage the trunk. Because I did it as an upgrade my screws are out the vinil fabric, but you can do it below it to keep it looking nice.
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