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Old 22 January 2014, 16:54   #21
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like lots of things Biff, it may be basic if you know how, but to me it's just black magic, never messed with this stuff so I leave it to them wots knows how n got to work to earn the dosh to pay them for their knowhow, swings n roundabout eh
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Old 22 January 2014, 17:02   #22
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You're right Chris but I have to try to help the guys who want to try it, the worst he will do is make a mess, he may do good though
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Biff - I'd have done much the same but might have considered taping a piece of acetate across the holes on the outside. Stiffening that with some hardboard, ply, MDF, flexiboard or whatever on the outside. All held in place with masking tape and maybe a heavy weight or two.

From inside I'd then have painted on gelcoat (vs flowcoat) onto the acetate. Let it go tacky then offered up some CSM to it (dry)- probably cut to the size of the holes, then wet out with a stubby brush and resin, then a big sheet / sheets of well wet resin probably with a bit of board wrapped in plastic bag behind to held it while it goes off...

I'd have been hoping the acetate + board on the outside would have acted as a mould and given me a good finish to reduce sanding.

Never done a console. Done holes in sailing dinghies this way where I could get to both sides of the buoyancy tank.
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You are 100% right in your advice, I left out the Gell and and other bits because he's laying on his back inside a console with the work above him! he also said he wanted back to original, so he's going to need Gell on the outside to achieve that. I try to put myself in the same situation when I give avice
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Cheers for all this advice guys, and I appreciate all your help! I am thinking more and more that this is a bad idea for me to complete myself - When I paint I seem to get more on myself than the object I should be paining.

Chris, think your right - This is some kind of voodoo' but as all the skill seems to be on the south coast I need to look at other options. Biff makes the end results look so impressive but I understand this is from years of experience.

Nos, Yes the gauges are the same size and my original plan was to replace the old with 4 new matching gauges but they are expensive and as most of the information is now on the plotter its an expensive extra that I don't think I would get the benefit V's .

If the fixing up of the old holes was an easy task, to make it look original then I would fill in all the holes and just have one gauge.

Back to the drawing board - I think my option for this season will be to put some Perspex or similar over all the holes and sandwich with a baton on the inside.
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You're right Chris but I have to try to help the guys who want to try it, the worst he will do is make a mess, he may do good though
I'm not knocking your advice Biff, just it's not for me theses days, but you're right what you're saying, Steve may well do a good job following your advice
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Chris, think your right - This is some kind of voodoo' but as all the skill seems to be on the south coast I need to look at other options.
There are the skills up here. Mike Whitham at Whitham Glass Fibre has already been mentioned. I could also put you in touch with someone based in Stockport if you wish. He is a private individual so I can't post his details here.
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There are the skills up here. Mike Whitham at Whitham Glass Fibre has already been mentioned. I could also put you in touch with someone based in Stockport if you wish. He is a private individual so I can't post his details here.
Do you have the details of the guys in Stockport - If you can PM me his email?
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I am waiting for some information back from the people suggested over the past few pages, but I am opening up to the fact that I may have to look at other options for filling in these holes due to my lack of skill, pigment matching problems and not wanting this to look botched...

I have a very skilful SS fabricator in the family - so I am thinking a plate may be the only option, if you had to go down this route, would you do the red, green or blue?

I plan on only keeping one big gauge
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