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Old 01 April 2012, 14:15   #1
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Polishing Sand-blasted dials...

The RIB was in her usual winter storage this year - and we went away for two weeks in December - and for the entire period we were away, it blew a gale and threw sand at the boat - so the engine dials are now not as clear as they should be!! Does anyone have any suggestions of any polish type stuff to polish up the dials again?!?

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Use some G4 rubbing compound or if you cant get any of that use Tcut...works a treat.

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If the dials are glass, then you could use cerium oxide and a polishing mop drill attachment. Main thing is to keep the mop lubricated and don't stay in one position on the glass too long. Work in circular motion and rinse regularly to check progress.
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The RIB was in her usual winter storage this year - and we went away for two weeks in December - and for the entire period we were away, it blew a gale and threw sand at the boat - so the engine dials are now not as clear as they should be!! Does anyone have any suggestions of any polish type stuff to polish up the dials again?!?

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On the reccomendation of others on the forum I used Brasso on a Polycarb screen, with good results....also then tried it on slightly yellowed /surface scratched smartcraft gauges I bought cheap on Ebay a while ago....worked pretty well (assume yours are plastic??) Poss worth a try in a small area first?

Guess this is the problem you were having with sand?
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Old 03 April 2012, 15:19   #5
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Hi Dan,

Yes - exactly that - the compound is just on the right there, and mine was on the northern side so took the full brunt of the NW gales with several hundred tonnes of sand getting involved as well!!

She won't be staying there next winter - alternative 'sand free' accommodation will be found!!

Thanks for all the advice - the dials are plastic/perspex - so will try the brasso and T cut and see how it does. The windscreen is completely trashed - but I was intending on replacing that this year anyway - as it doesn't fit brilliantly, and it traps sand between the screen and the console.

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[QUOTE=DGR;454201]Hi Dan, Yes - exactly that - the compound is just on the right there, and mine was on the northern side so took the full brunt of the NW gales with several hundred tonnes of sand getting involved as well!!
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Must admit have had a nosey around her when we have been up there, nice RIB (when overnighting in Barmouth Wendy has allowed us to use the compound /have ended up having a few in the Yacht club .... Normally call down the Lifeboat shed for a cuppa too, but have missed you when I have....
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Hi Dan,

If you've loooked round recently, she looks a bit sorry for herself!! We've been busy doing house stuff this winter - so a bit behind on getting the boat ready for this year - but it's getting closer to the top of the list...!!!

You can't beat the view from the Yacht Club bar - mind you, the view from the Station is quite good - 'specially in the summer...

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Thanks for all the advice - used T-Cut on the Yanmar instrument dials - now better than ever!!

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