Updating Dash Panels, Actuators, Gauges and Electronics

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by Hey Ray, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. MattB92

    MattB92 Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
  2. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    I just ordered all new rockers and push to reset breakers from them. Along with a new dimmer switch. My understanding is the switch covers are interchangeable. They mention it in their descriptions.
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  3. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Low Beer Alarm :)
     
  4. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    :D Couldn't find a Refrigerator one.
     
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  5. MattB92

    MattB92 Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
    Thanks Hawk, just ordered from that site. I was surprised they didn't have a fridge one as well... Low Beer alarm it is. Although, that will certainty never be true!
     
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  6. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    Just a heads up that I had to open the breaker holes slightly before installing the new ones. Here's what it looks like after paint:

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  7. MattB92

    MattB92 Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
    Nice! That looks sharp. I think I am going to try a carbon fiber wrap, see how she goes. I will post pictures once my complete upgrade is done with new steering wheel, gauges and all!
     
  8. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    Thanks. I was going to do a wrap or hydro dip, but in the end I just wanted something clean for the dash. I ended up using some silver metallic VHT ceramic engine header paint that I had. Nice and durable.
     
  9. MattB92

    MattB92 Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
    Yea sometimes simple and clean is the way to go! I figured I'll try the wrap for how cheap it is. If it doesn't work or last long then I'll go your route
     
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  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Looks very nice! And the huge benefit to painting is that for $7, you can have a new color any time you want! I painted my gauge panel (woodgrain "look" that was fading), as well. This was a plastic-type panel so I used a base color of Krylon for Plastic (this was about 10 years ago), then top coated with regular spray paint as there were more options for regular paint.
     
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  11. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    Thanks. I was thinking about it and figured the silver would go with the trim around my gauges as well as the little bit of chrome up there. It worked out pretty well.
     
  12. MattB92

    MattB92 Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
    I ended up using the vinyl wrap. I think it looks pretty good, we will see how well this stuff holds up tho.

    Hawk you mentioned you are replacing the electro luminescence strips, where did you find these? I'm considering re-using my existing ones, but not sure the best method to. Do I need to find like double sided clear tape??
     

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  13. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Active Member

    450
    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and Mass
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    Looks great. I found the EL strips at adafruit. The inverter I got from them is awful though. It makes a loud noise like a transformer. It quiets down with more EL tape, so I think it's just too high wattage.
    https://www.adafruit.com/category/79
    The strips have adhesive on them already, but it doesn't stick well. I used glue and HVAC aluminum tape to hold it down. Be real careful placing it. If not perfect some letter won't light up.
    You can easily cut one piece in half and use both pieces because the strips have connections on both ends.
    Be careful of the oval letter inserts. If you scratch the coating taking the old EL strips off the light will shine through in that spot. Needs something besides paint to black it out again.
     

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