Repair/refinish dash panel

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  1. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    50
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    MerCruiser 5.0
    Ok guys looking for some more help. My dash panel is cracked/broke and the fake wood grain looks like crap. Looking for suggestions for how to repair and what should I do to refinish the panels. I thought about a carbon fiber sticker, but was afraid it wouldn't hold up. So then I figured I would just paint it, but then the question becomes what color? I kind of thought about a tan color to match the dash pad, or maybe the blue that is in the seats.
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  2. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
  3. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    50
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    MerCruiser 5.0
    I have never been a fan of the wood grain and I'm not sure how the black would work, but trying to fix the brake and it still come out looking good makes me nervous.
     
  4. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Member SILVER Sponsor

    496
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 430 GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    It is the same labor to take the gauges out to wrap/repair. I've done it once and it wasn't too difficult. For $225, you will love the new look whatever pattern you decide on.
     
  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    What was your R&R process for the gauges and switches, just label the wires and take some pictures? That's the part that has me thinking, there's a lot going on back there
     
  6. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Member SILVER Sponsor

    496
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 430 GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    I did my '95 300 DA and I had a good amount of slack in the wire looms after cutting a couple zips ties. I ended up doing a couple gauges at a time right there on the chart table in front of the gauge panel. Took pictures just in case something was off. I would look at changing out your bulbs and backlight tape while in there. I need to do mine in this '98 400 too. Wish there was a way to get condensation out of a gauge, I have a couple that are fogged up too. They work fine just have some fogginess behind the lens. If anyone knows how, please share...
     
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I ended up painting mine with a dark black/charcoal-ish speckle paint (had a slight texture to it, also). It sounds funky, but it actually came out pretty good - a nice contrast. I figured I had nothing to lose and could always re-do it again. Use paint-for-plastic for a base coat - then use whatever paint you want on top (if you don't find a p-f-p that you like). Moral of the story... use whatever color you want - if you want to change it, it's just a rattle can away.

    If you're going to paint or wrap, I think you can fix the cracked piece with either epoxy or marine bondo - you just need it to be smooth.

    The wiring is easier than it looks - once you get into it you'll notice that there are a some wires (blue for lighting, for example) that simply daisy chain from one gauge to another. Take pictures and label the wires with a piece of masking tape. It also gives you a good chance to clean and protect all the connections.
     
  8. atrick

    atrick Member

    49
    Mar 4, 2017
    Penna
    1995 searay 290 Sundancer
    1990 21 maxum
    Twin 4.3 mercrusers with alpha one drives
    305 chevy with a alpha one drive
    In my 290 my dash panel is 1/8"plexaglass (don't know if it original or not)and its cracked and I'm going to replace it with a piece of 1/4" lexan, cost a little more but stronger and if yours is plexaglass or lexan you can glue the piece in with super glue.
     
  9. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    909
    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    The originals come from tecnografix and they are site sponsors. Their work is very impressive and you can select a ton of colors/patterns. I can assure you that their panels are the best in the industry and look much nicer then fp or anything you can custom make.
     
  10. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    50
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    MerCruiser 5.0
    I have been looking at hydro dipping. There are hundreds of styles and it looks like I can buy the supplies for under $50.00. So now my biggest worry is fixing the cracks. I was thinking epoxy on the back and then a body filler on the front, then sand and paint.
     
  11. TNT8808

    TNT8808 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    164
    May 25, 2016
    West Michigan
    2008 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Avon Seasport 340
    40 HP Yamaha
    FWIW...I just ordered a new dash panel from Tecnografic, and if you "remind" them they are site sponsor on CSR and ask for a discount you can get 7.5% off.
     

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