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Old 22 January 2014, 08:04   #1
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Many weeks ago I started a 'replace my gauges' thread with ICommand and installed a NMEA2k network, but due to cash flow and wanting to get out on the water as soon as possible ICommand isn't going to happen this season. I toyed with the idea of putting some plastic over the holes and bolting through to the inside like a sandwich, but I have been thinking more and I wont be installing any smaller gauges anymore as everything is shown on my HDS - so I need to fill these holes up. Has anyone got any how tos? An idiots guide to fiberglass and flowcoat? I have done a search on here and I can find stuff about filling drill holes but nothing about 2.5" holes, and if the process is simple I may fill all the holes then re-drill if I get gauges.



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Old 22 January 2014, 08:27   #2
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Steve the only thing I have herd off is to cover the whole of the consul face with either a complete piece of grp or the metal stuff that gives it a match look. Someone on here did that I can't remember
who. Maybe a search would come up with some answers.

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I was hoping I could keep it looking original. I've seen the Macmillan rib where they have filled an old compass hole - and that's impressive you wouldn't know it was there.

I just need tips on how to complete such a professional looking finish.

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Old 22 January 2014, 09:48   #4
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Jambo is right I did the dash with a carbon panel, I also filled the MacRib hole, you will need to get into your console to fill the hole properly, if you can do that let me know and I'll explain, the matting is done from the inside so you'll need to get a fair way in
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I can't physically get into it - but I can get my arms in and move around.

I really want a finish that you can't tell the holes where there, if this isn't possible I will have to re think and may end up getting the small gauges.

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Old 22 January 2014, 10:37   #6
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Hi Steve,

I am not the fibreglass expert but all my work I based on youtube You might find there a lot of tips. Check for example this one:
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I can't physically get into it - but I can get my arms in and move around.

I really want a finish that you can't tell the holes where there, if this isn't possible I will have to re think and may end up getting the small gauges.

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Steve, if you haven't done something similar before, don't do it. Even the mighty Biff had a console free of wiring that wasn't fixed to the boat and that he could manipulate to any position he wanted.

Buggering about in a tight space at arms length with restricted movement with flocoat is a recipe for a less than 'showroom' finish. By all means practice on a piece that's 'scrap' but not one that's going to annoy you for ever if you don't get it right.

Even Usain Bolt doesn't 'practice' in the final!
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Hi Steve,

I am not the fibreglass expert but all my work I based on youtube You might find there a lot of tips. Check for example this one:
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I suggest a rethink, you have to lay wet Matt on from the inside to cover the hole then consolidate it with a roller to get the air out, it's a two handed job and nearly impossible if you can't get both hands to it and see what you are doing, post a pic of the whole dash and I'll see if I can come up with a solution
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The fiberglass is easy, the finish is difficult. For a beginner fiberglass is easy because you can just sand a lot to make up for the learning curve. Trying to keep a nice looking finish on the exterior is the hard part, well almost impossible. You might be able to refinish the whole front section where you do the repairs. Use the natural corners and edges as a break and it would be a little less noticeable.

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