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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 21 Aug 2014 21:48 #34082

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Thanks for being the guinea pig. I think that turned out pretty nice. I certainly would be happy with that.

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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 21 Aug 2014 19:12 #34061

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RickG wrote: That looks great! I bet most folks would never notice the difference unless you pointed it out.

Absolutely ^^^

Looks great

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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 21 Aug 2014 17:02 #34055

My Hawk II had a 1/2' piece of mahogany mounted behind the dash for support. I did the same to my vagabond when I replaced the steering. Just a thought.

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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 21 Aug 2014 16:44 #34054

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That looks great! I bet most folks would never notice the difference unless you pointed it out.

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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 21 Aug 2014 14:37 #34046

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Thanks for the suggestions Ray and Scoot. I didn’t have any bending roller equipment to work with, just a brake and some hand tools (low budget around here in that department) so I tried sanding with 200 then 400 on a block then polished with Tripoli compound with a buffer wheel. I think the finish look’s better now next to the original. I’ll tell you one thing I almost spent as much time getting a good picture of the detail of the finish to show for before and afters, thank God I wasn’t using film! It’s evident to see the results in person but the pictures I trashed just to get a halfway decent one to show was crazy. I finally just took the dash outside to get rid of the reflections from multiple light sources inside. Pretty decent results though with the stucco pattern with that technique.
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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 13 Aug 2014 20:05 #33671

If I had a piece to experiment on I would run it through some bending rollers with a lot of pressure but no curve set on the bending roller and see if it would flatten it some. Or as was suggested already, if it's thick enough I would try the sanding block to see if it would make it more like the original.
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- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1737

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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 13 Aug 2014 13:58 #33657

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Not going with as big as patch panels as I first thought i’d have to, too cluttered looking. The patch under the steering wheel mount still lets a few of the welders grinding marks show but they are not as offenceive as a big patch panel would be with the ignition plate put in there next to it. The other option would be to cover the whole dash with the stucco pattern but the original pattern has so much more detail to it, I just can't cover it all up. Maybe if it was the back dash and I wouldn't have to look at it every time I got behind the wheel.










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MY first FeatherCraft V5 333 55 07 Aug 2014 12:13 #33282

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Yep, that could work. The difference between the patterns seems less apparent when the original is shined up a bit like your door is. I'd say go for it.

I've been looking for some 'ice flower' too, but your pics have me just about convinced to go this way.

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Try running a sanding block with a fairly fine sandpaper on it. It may knock off the high spots on a scrap piece of the new material, making it look more like the old.
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I think the replacement panels won't look any different for 99%+ of the viewing public, and if you like it, yep it's good. Certainly look better then the welded original, and I'd be happier using the boat w/ the subbed pattern, then un-embossed flat sheet metal or the current looking panel.

If it helps you put it back in the water and in use, 150%+ I'd use the new found pattern.

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