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Old 11-08-2016, 04:15 AM
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Default Anyone running the acrylic "glass helm" look? How do you keep it clean?

Was browsing boats at the FLIBS this weekend and I really like the glass helm look. 2 or 3 MFDs recessed into a black acrylic panel.

My problem - boat sits outside on a lift and collects a heavy layer of dust/dirt between uses. (don't ask me where it comes from, it just does) Clearly there are no electronics covers in these installations - how do you keep everything clean?

Do I just hose off the displays along with everything else and keep a chamois handy to mop off the water?

Since I'm building from scratch I thought about embedding some $$ magnets and having some sort of snap-on acrylic front but ??
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We make these and install them. We recommend you just use a microfiber towel to keep it looking good. No issues at all. We use half inch gloss black typically.

Be careful of shortcuts. Some builders are gluing this in. We don't like this method because it will be trouble if you have to remove a unit for service.

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A microfiber towel like recommended above and a squirt of this will work like magic.

https://www.novuspolish.com/plastic_clean_shine.html
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I have had two acrylic panel's made by International marine.They do a great job.The acrylic is beautiful,but hard to keep clean.It also scratches very easy.I keep microfiber towels with me and clean all the time.It also will crack very easy.While very nice looking not sure if it's the best choice for fishing boats.Black or grey starboard is very practical.Doesn't look as good,but you don't have to worry about every little fingerprint.Capt.Mike
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I am also about to go this route. Can anyone speak from experience how the MFDs hold up in a flush mount setup, as I don't believe you can utilize the screen protectors right? This will determine if I flush mount or surface mount my unit.
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Originally Posted by Dpott View Post
I am also about to go this route. Can anyone speak from experience how the MFDs hold up in a flush mount setup, as I don't believe you can utilize the screen protectors right? This will determine if I flush mount or surface mount my unit.
If you go with the glass helm look you won't be able to use the stock screen protectors. We remove the bezels from the units to get it mounted properly.

This would use 1/2 acrylic and has almost zero chance of cracking in the application.

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If you go with the glass helm look you won't be able to use the stock screen protectors. We remove the bezels from the units to get it mounted properly.

This would use 1/2 acrylic and has almost zero chance of cracking in the application.

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Are the screens safe exposed to the elements like this constantly? I don't have a hideaway option.
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I've seen that garmin has magnetic screen covers for allocations like this
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Make and install a helm cover.

My boat is on a lift, and while the helm is in an enclosure, I keep the helm covered.
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