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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 05 Jun 2018 12:25 #85591

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sgower wrote: Rick I think they would look great etched painted or not...


I might etch a pair and paint fill them just to see what they look like done that way.

There's not any depth to the text on the originals, so I'm thinking they were painted. My freind's CO2 laser could replicate the look, but I don't think it can do black and white together like on the flags. I really think this might be best done with a decal...

Here they are. On the Rocket. They came out perfect.

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 04 Jun 2018 20:05 #85586

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Too funny! Actually, the scar on my boat is in an easily reached location beside the rear seat. So the issue for me isn't access, it's just riveting vs alternative fasteners (for which I already have the tools!) I will look into the rivet screws and maybe just ask someone to bring a rivet gun to Arrowhead in the fall...

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 04 Jun 2018 11:24 #85573

Hey Jeff I used rivet screws and my 10 yr old grandson. The rivet screw heads look identical to regular round head or BB headed rivets but lock down with a nut. You can get them from Altha in Fla. several sizes. I have a rivet gun and bucking bars but need 2 people and confidence in some tight places. I can reach the bow but difficult . My grandson Orion knows when he comes over to bring an extra shirt for crawling into the boats.

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 04 Jun 2018 11:09 #85572

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Jeff, I'm sure that Nathan will ring in with what he used, but there are a couple other options. Bucking rivets up in that area would require a particularly small and wiry helper. ...I briefly considered raising another child just for this purpose. ;)

My plates are attached with those Chevy grill rivet screws and nuts. Even that was challenging, but doable with some patience, a long extension and universal socket.
I can also provide 1/2" long rivets and 3/16" stainless push nuts. About as difficult to reach and set as riveting, but you won't need to buy or borrow a gun just for 4 rivets.

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 04 Jun 2018 01:10 #85563

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Vagagnat, you did you get that plate riveted to your boat? Are you bucking rivets now, or did one of the locals help you out? I have a scar on the side of my DR that I've been thinking about how to fix, and one of those plates would cover it nicely. But I don't have any of the tools needed to attach it...

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 03 Jun 2018 23:06 #85560

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Thanks for posting the pics Nathan, your boat looks great!

...and Thanks Neil. You give me too much credit; I'm kind of a 'one trick pony' here ;)

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 03 Jun 2018 21:29 #85559

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there ain't no finer than Rick's work's of art............all kneel to the master...........:arrr:
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 03 Jun 2018 19:07 #85557

Rick G made us beautiful logo plates for our 53’ Vagabond. His work is work is fantastic. Saving up for some instrument panels next. Thanks Rick G.

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 30 May 2018 01:12 #85438

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Pretty slick Rick.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 29 May 2018 21:32 #85434

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