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Old 05-03-2016, 05:31 AM
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Does anybody ever re-glass their dash to mount new electronics, I don't like the looks of using a board screwed on. I would like to get the same look as if it was a virgin dash right from the factory. I assume this is not popular because its more expensive? Or does it not hold up?

Here is what I am working with... I am thinking I would like to get a 12" combo unit in the center of the dash, and then have merc guages off to the side, radio and sound system on the other.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:57 AM
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Consider something like this: This is merely a rectangular hole cut in the dash panel and then a shallow box made of black starboard behind it. Changing electronics / layout then becomes an exercise in cutting out a new backboard and laying out / cutting the new holes in it. MUCH, much easier than re-glassing every time.

Two iterations of my dash below. I think there have been a total of 4 since I've owned the boat. Making a new board and installing may take a few hours each time and it's pretty darn cheap too.

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Old 05-03-2016, 06:15 AM
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Thanks BIB... I know that's an option. I would really like to keep it as clean as possible though, I am a little bit of a neat freak.
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It's not cheap to do but it's the cleanest look by far. G/l
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I'm the same way. Had a 2 inch hole glassed and gel-coated on my helm, and now I can't even see where it use to be. I like the factory fresh look too. In south Florida, it's easy to find people who can do that. Not sure about CT.
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The only way to redo a dash imo
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:01 AM
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The only way to redo a dash imo
Starboard screwed to the dash looks like crap IMO. Blank it out and start over you'll be happier.
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Starboard screwed to the dash looks like crap IMO. Blank it out and start over you'll be happier.
I don't think anyone said anything about screwing starboard to the dash. My suggestion was a recessed box which (if done right) can be a lot better looking, give UV and water protection to electronic s, flexibility for future upgrades AND possibly a theft deterrent.
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We can make you a factory like new face for your dash that would look great in there!
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Originally Posted by jeff7y28 View Post
I'm the same way. Had a 2 inch hole glassed and gel-coated on my helm, and now I can't even see where it use to be. I like the factory fresh look too. In south Florida, it's easy to find people who can do that. Not sure about CT.
Is that a Boss radio in your dash? I just got one and it has great sound.
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it's different strokes for different folks. I think acrylic placed over the dash is the best combination of looks/cost/replaceability, but that's just me. re-glassing & gel coating is a much bigger deal that takes more time and $$. And, worst of all, you have to find someone who is good at it that will make it blend, match the gel coat, etc. As someone said, easier in south FLA than anywhere else. Yes, if you want that look, then you're probably not going to be happy until you just bite the bullet and spend the time/money to find the right guy, and if you do it will look great. Personally I don't like the recessed look at all. Just proves the point...it's all personal preference.
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I agree that re-glassing and gelcoating is the cleanest way. But there is no question its the hardest and most expensive.

My issue with re-glassing etc is matching the paint. If you are going to to that far you do you then spray the whole console?

I've done two replacement of helm areas. One we used while starboard screwed in from the back and the other and most recent I replaced everything on a 1986 15' Whaler and had teak made to cover all the holes and mounted that from the back (see picture).

Stupid upside down pic but you get the idea. No screw holes.
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Does anybody have any idea what I would be looking at for cost to re-glass?
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
We can make you a factory like new face for your dash that would look great in there!
IMB I did think to reach out to some vendors on THT... I looked through the dash thread with all the before and after pics you have done, nice work.

How would it work with me being in CT? I also would not want any visible screw heads, how would you go about that?
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Is that a Boss radio in your dash? I just got one and it has great sound.


No. It's a Jensen. But it sounds great with JL 770 speakers and a JL amp.
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Go with re glassing. When I had my boat repowered & Vessel View 7 installed the dealer (Offshore Performance, Ft Myers) took the liberty of reglassing mine. I've since added a NSS 7 and it looks great. For a few hundred bucks more it now looks like it came from the factory that way.
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I chose the custom panel option (from International Marine in fact). I had a rough estimate of about $750 to reglass, which I thought was kind of pricey, but the main reason I went with the panel is I wasn't sure if I would continue to mess with the layout. In particular I wanted to be able to add a second Garmin 7612 display down the road if I decided that a single display wasn't cutting it. Now that I have the basic template, I can just have another panel cut for fairly cheap if I add anything or move things around.

Personally I love the look of the panel -- it contrasts nicely with the gelcoat and matches the other switch panels.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:07 PM
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Original Set up

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To this, all edges were routed.

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Or this, but will need a backer plate as the plex will be prone to start cracking eventually w/o the backer plate.

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These face plates can be made out of any material, painted, Line X-ed or powder coated.

There are screw caps in black, white or beige which will hide the screws.
I made a clear template to use the original screw holes for attachment.
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Starboard Dash. I think it looks OK.
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Do it right. It will look better and you'll be happier. Your console is pretty small so it won't be that expensive.
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