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Old 06 December 2006, 11:12   #1
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I am just starting to refurbish my Tornado and there is a large hole in the side of the console which used to allow access to the fuel tank. How do I fill this so it is nice and strong and gives a good finish. I am painting the boat white anyway so colour is not a problem. I was thinking of flowcoating the inside of the aluminium plate, glassing up the inside, then removing the plate? Any experts out there want to give me some advice? Will the GRP adhere to the ally as I have no experience using wax or releasing agent?
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Old 06 December 2006, 12:03   #2
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I am just starting to refurbish my Tornado and there is a large hole in the side of the console which used to allow access to the fuel tank. How do I fill this so it is nice and strong and gives a good finish. I am painting the boat white anyway so colour is not a problem. I was thinking of flowcoating the inside of the aluminium plate, glassing up the inside, then removing the plate? Any experts out there want to give me some advice? Will the GRP adhere to the ally as I have no experience using wax or releasing agent?
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Hi Jiz, Acetone is the standard prep for Resin. Be careful how you store as it has a flashpoint of 24deg as I recall. After that, Resin sticks to nearly everything except Silicone Oil WD40 etc.

However, depending on teh colour you paine, how about different idea.
You do not need huge reinforcing and its not a strategic fix,
Depending on the colour you paint,I would cut perspex sheet to size and bond using resin to Both sides using bevelled edges on Perspex (heavy duty).
You can use Carpenters cramps to Hold tight when bonding.

A cleaner way may be to use Stainless Steel and do same other side so it looks cool.
Other than that you can get a "Cable Coller" to fit hole from Any marine shop
You will see these here the control cables leave bulkhead to go to engine on "nicely finished boats" this is a water tight fit and the seal and spray/Paint alloy after either acid dipping in Galvenising plant (5 pound max if not for free)

Thats only my twopence worth, hope it helps. There will be thousands of ways of finishing but if its painted properly you will not see it.
You could also just acetone plate (get from Chemist) and fit coller or plastic plate in little hole, paint in resin for coat, then gel coat paint the lot.
You will not even see it.

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Old 06 December 2006, 12:20   #3
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Sorry, obviously I don't want it to stick to the ally plate, just use that to get a smooth finish, a bit like a partial mould?
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I was thinking of flowcoating the inside of the aluminium plate, glassing up the inside, then removing the plate?
Jiz, give the ally a coat of release wax and your method will work fine. I made 8x4 sheets of laminate by laying them up on an ally sheet. I only waxed it the first time, after that there was no need.

The only thing which occurs to me is the slight leakage down between the plate and the side of your consol. Rub a smear of plasticene into any wee gap that might be there.
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Will covering the ally in clingfilm do any good,? rumour I heard.
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Personally, I'd find a panel that fit into the hole reasonably closely, and patch that into place. Lot less glassing, I'd think.

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Jiz, give the ally a coat of release wax and your method will work fine. I made 8x4 sheets of laminate by laying them up on an ally sheet.
I've got a 5 metre by 1 1/2 metre mould for flat sheets.. or at least I will have soon, won't I Gav?...

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