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Old 01 December 2018, 19:02   #1
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Carbon core dash panel

Hi everyone,

Iím after somewhere where I can hold of a piece of carbon (preferably core) that I can use as a dash panel to mount my gauges and gps on.

Have refurbed by dash and all the old bits I took out have left big holes that I canít fill and Aldo donít line up for new electrics. Kind of needs to close to 5mm core so it can take the weight.

I need a piece about 1000 x 500mm if anyone has any left over or knows where I can hold of some that would be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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Old 02 December 2018, 03:23   #2
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I think consoles look great with some carbon panels, I had mine done a few years back will post some pics.
Try ebay, or Amazon I know when I was looking there seemed to be plenty on there you could buy.
Also try a company called 'Carbon Wheezel' based in southampton, they may be able to send you a panel, or if you sent the specs they could make one up, worth having a look at the work they do on their web site. Carbon Weezel - 100% carbon fibre parts for automotive and marine applications
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I may need to do the same, you think 3mm would be enough? As Boris said Amazon seems good if panels of the right size can be found
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I get some of the stuff we use from here.

http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/#!/c...bre-Panel.html

If not I make myself as the sizes sometimes don’t match what we need.
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Brushed aluminium option

We used our local steel fabricator recently.
We have a deck hatch on our rib which is about 600mm x 350mm. It had been cracked twice by people jumping down onto it accidentally so I needed a metal plate hatch fitting onto the replacement. Pricing the cheapest metal deck hatch, an Italian manufacturer wanted over £600, so I took the new plastic hatch to our local Steel Fabricator, a small industrial company near the docks in Birkenhead. They cut a custom sized aluminium tread plate to fit over the main hatch area with cut outs and indents to accommodate the latches, hinges and locks. It was all chamfered beautifully.
All I had to do was glue it on. The guy who did it said it took him a few minutes to do and that they did lots of marine work. The hatch is now really strong and looks as though it came with the Rib. The cost was amazingly low. While I was there I mentioned that I needed an instrument panel making as I was changing my chart plotter and moving several things around on the dash. The guy showed me brushed aluminium, which I hadn't seen before. He said they could cut any shape with any cut outs. All they needed was a proper plan to work from.
I haven't got around to doing it yet but it may be an option for you rather than carbon fibre.
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Hard to tell. I was told 5mm core at the least, so it could take the weight of the gps and stuff. As it’s not just a stick on for show, but weight bearin for the electronics, the guy from easy composites said the above
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The guy showed me brushed aluminium, which I hadn't seen before. He said they could cut any shape with any cut outs. All they needed was a proper plan to work from.
I haven't got around to doing it yet but it may be an option for you rather than carbon fibre.
Thanks Iíll take a look.
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5mm core will be perfectly adequate, the area of attention is the layers of carbon and type of cloth. 2 layers of a bias cloth of about 400 grams with a top layer of twill will be fine.
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i used acrylic sheet in black looks good easy to work
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We used our local steel fabricator recently.
We have a deck hatch on our rib which is about 600mm x 350mm. It had been cracked twice by people jumping down onto it accidentally so I needed a metal plate hatch fitting onto the replacement. Pricing the cheapest metal deck hatch, an Italian manufacturer wanted over £600, so I took the new plastic hatch to our local Steel Fabricator, a small industrial company near the docks in Birkenhead. They cut a custom sized aluminium tread plate to fit over the main hatch area with cut outs and indents to accommodate the latches, hinges and locks. It was all chamfered beautifully.
All I had to do was glue it on. The guy who did it said it took him a few minutes to do and that they did lots of marine work. The hatch is now really strong and looks as though it came with the Rib. The cost was amazingly low. While I was there I mentioned that I needed an instrument panel making as I was changing my chart plotter and moving several things around on the dash. The guy showed me brushed aluminium, which I hadn't seen before. He said they could cut any shape with any cut outs. All they needed was a proper plan to work from.
I haven't got around to doing it yet but it may be an option for you rather than carbon fibre.
Not sure aluminium would be my first choice for a dash panel, I appreciate you can apply a appropriate coating to protect it from a salt water environment but you do run the risk of corrosion. Not forgetting its conductive so there's also a small risk of a electrical short with all those gauges, dials, chart plotters etc etc - which with a carbon or fibre glass panel less so
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