Originally Posted by boristhebold
Ive fitted a new VHF into console some time ago and the new unit was smaller than existing unit which meant I need some form of plate to cover the bigger hole in the console. Ive put in a temporary plate made of steel and painted it, however was only meant as a temporary solution as the paint is coming off all ready.
Can anyone recommend how I could either make a plate/panel out of GRP or is there some form of plastic sheet that is rigid enouth I could buy and make a new plate ?
Have you sorted it yet? It would be helpful to see the present arrangement.
the smartest way is to make up your panel from ply of a suitable thickness and fibre glass it with a very fine GRP matting such as is used in the aerospace industry. (I can let you have some). this will provide a very smooth finish with 2 to 3 layers. Then apply a layer or 2 of flo-coat (gelcoat) in the colour of your choice (white in your case). It's much easier thann it sounds.
Photo attached of a locker seat I made for my rib using the aviation spec matting and flo-coat. Much better finish than conventional matting.
Let me know if you need some.