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Old 10 July 2012, 21:12   #1
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Cleaning up the console

I'm reworking the dash for some new electronics. I decided on using aluminum (as was original) with a Green Zinc Chromate Primer and Black Semi-Gloss Rustoleum. It will give the dash a stock look, it will be thinner than starboard, and more rigid. As for the durability for my paint choice...I can always touch it up if need be (debated polyurethanes and epoxies but heard they're not that much better and pricier...powdercoating you can't touch up and and is even more expensive)

1. Remove the rather large (ok huge!), 10 year old, ICOM M120 and the aluminum panel (painted grey) that it was flush mounted to.

2. Move 12v panel from up in the dash down to the lower right between the wheel and the throttle (you can see the 5 1/2 inch x 7 inch grey panel already there where the new panel will go)
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Old 10 July 2012, 21:17   #2
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3. Machined some new panels of 1/8 inch aluminum. VHF cutout for Standard Horizon GX2150 and an additional 4 switches added to the switch panel.

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(a) Original switch panel, included Carling MS-Series switch rated breakers.
(b) New panels cut and soaking in vinegar. Someone told me that this would etch them. $3 vinegar...why not?
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Cardboard box, wire coat hanger = spraybooth

4. Spray primer

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(a) spraybooth
(b) primed panels

Black paint going on tonight!
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Pic #2: I don't think you should have bolted that black panel to the guys head.

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Pic #2: I don't think you should have bolted that black panel to the guys head.

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Trying to keep the girlfriend out of pictures. She's annoyed enough right now about the time I spent reading about stuff on different forums while I'm in the "project" phase on the boat!
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Ok, finally was able to finish cutting everything out of the new piece of aluminum. HDS-7, Fusion IP600, gauges, 3 switches, 3 circuit breakers, and 2 12v aux plugs.

The stock panel (which is nicer than the junk currently installed on the rib) is sitting next to it.

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Looks a nice Job, send some pictures in one installed.
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Progressing... Slowly.

Green zinc chromate primer underneath, black semi-gloss on top.

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Nice work mate, I've been doing one from scratch. Seems like it's taking forever.

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. Seems like it's taking forever.
I understand!

Last evening, I was able to get everything out of the dash while (mostly) keeping it all connected. This is good picture of how bad my dash looked. Multiple people working on it at different times - adding stuff, moving stuff. It looked horrible.

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The dash is off, time to attack some of the web of wiring.

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(there will be no more pictures of the wiring until I have time to really make it pretty. I moved some items and simplified some circuits but I then I just started putting gauges back in. I may want to take the boat out this weekend and I want it to be ready!)

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I already think it looks a 100x better.

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