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Old 26 March 2012, 06:22   #1
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Looking for GRP Plate or similar

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 ?
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Old 26 March 2012, 09:13   #2
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Acrylic sheet is cheap, easy to work with and comes in various colours.

If you use GRP, then you'll have the uneven glass surface to counteract. This could be machined smooth, if you were insistent on using a GRP flat section to overlap the existing hole. The edge would need to be finished, eg with flowcoat, so quite a bit of aggro.

Neatest option would be to dress the hole back flush with GRP and make good a new opening for the radio in the fresh glass, but quite a lot of work.

Bigger radio would have been good.
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This is how I did my SR4, if you want more details I can post more info:

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I had a similar problem and went to a local hardwood joinery and got a lovely strip of teak about 6 mm thick FOC.

After routering the edges and applying a couple of coats of yacht varnish it looked pretty damn good
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This is the stuff you need. Widely used in the States for covering holes in consoles where smaller items are fitted or to re-furb/freshen up older outdated designs.

King StarBoard® | King Plastic Corporation

I haven't tracked down a UK supplier, but it shouldnt be too difficult. I will try and find a link to an example of it being used.
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Thanks Oscar
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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.
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Starboard is a proprietary name for HDPE sheet. It would have to be about 1/4" thick to get any kind of structural rigidity. Easy to cut and machine (woodworking tools do a fine job) but a PITA if you need to glue it.

Acrylic is brittle (and clear, so not ideal if you're trying to span openings that are no longer needed.)

You can get either real or imitation laid up carbon fiber sheet (imitation is usually printed fiberglass, I think) in various sizes and thicknesses that should work well (most plastics shops will have it.) Easy to glue (epoxy), not sure about machining, but I suspect it wouldn't be too bad. Looks good with SS screws as well. Sort of boating bling.

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Acrylic is brittle (and clear, so not ideal if you're trying to span openings that are no longer needed.)
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