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Old 26 March 2012, 12:03   #11
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You can make GRP sheet easily enough, get a piece of cheap white faced chipboard, a few quid from B&Q. Wax it with release wax, apply gelcoat in colour of choice & lay it up with chopped strand mat to your desired thickness. Let it go off & peel it off the chipboard, voila! one sheet of GRP to cut & work as you like.
Yes and if you're in the mood for laying up some GRP, then probably best to use your skills & materials filling the existing hole, rather than making a piece to cover it up.
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Old 26 March 2012, 12:14   #12
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Yes and if you're in the mood for laying up some GRP, then probably best to use your skills & materials filling the existing hole, rather than making a piece to cover it up.
It was just a suggestion. Easier to make up a plate "off board" than do it in-situ, if he cocks it up, it's not the end of the world. I don't know what his skill level is.
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off cuts are allways available to fellow ribneters

colour and size required sir ? + postal addy
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Old 26 March 2012, 17:48   #14
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It was just a suggestion. Easier to make up a plate "off board" than do it in-situ, if he cocks it up, it's not the end of the world. I don't know what his skill level is.
Sorry PD - wasn't knocking your suggestion, just advising an alternative use of the GRP materials. Agree - a lot easier to lay up the GRP on the bench, but a better end finish if the hole gets filled.

This is a change - an 'ole filling thread.
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Sorry PD - wasn't knocking your suggestion, just advising an alternative use of the GRP materials. Agree - a lot easier to lay up the GRP on the bench, but a better end finish if the hole gets filled.

This is a change - an 'ole filling thread.
Non taken Be gentle it's my first "hole filling thread" so I'm a tad inexperienced on the subject
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I used 1.4mm carbon fibre sheet that looks pretty smart. Cost a few quid on ebay
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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.

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