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Old 03-12-2017, 01:12 AM   #1
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Repairing Formica/Laminate Helm Station Mount Holes

The previous owner of my Mainship 350/390 drilled holes through the Formica countertop at the helm station area. Just wondering if anybody has any experience with repairing something like this.

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Old 03-12-2017, 01:51 AM   #2
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If they are fairly small drill holes, this product works fairly well.

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Old 03-12-2017, 08:17 AM   #3
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Plan B is a removal of all the items on the Formica and gluing down a new sheet.

Plan C is a teak plug in the old holes , after drilling them to the plug size..
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Thank you. I'll look into it.
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How many holes? If it is just a few get some stainless finish washers with short oval head screws to fit them. Put a dab of silicone or other sealant in the holes and insert screw with finish washer as trim. Nobody will know you didn't professionally mount something underneath. Otherwise go the new laminate route. Patches that are supposed to match generally don't.
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I have covered holes with a piece of Starboard. Depends on the size of the area and what you want it to look like.
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Or, fill the holes with whatever works (wooden dowels, epoxied in place is one solution), sand smooth and put a decorative decal over the area. Something nautical perhaps.


The best solution of course is to remove the laminate and glue on a new piece, assuming of course, that you have the tools and experience to do this.. If not, it shouldn't cost much to have a pro do it. It shouldn't take more than an hour.
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Damn! Starboard and router the edges.
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"The best solution of course is to remove the laminate and glue on a new piece,"

If it was installed properly its usually a Huge fight to get it up.BTDT

No problem simply scuff sanding the old stuff and rolling on rubber cement for the next layer..
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If it was installed properly its usually a Huge fight to get it up.
Put a putty knife between the laminate and the substrate and slowly pry it off. Gluing on an additional piece is OK in some cases, but not if the edge is exposed.


Contact cement is the appropriate adhesive.
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Never used rubber cement for that. Usually use solvent based contact. Make sure you have access to a laminate trimmer, Dremel with guide or a router. Really shouldn't take hardly any time.
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I'm not sure what starboard material is, but I'm going to google it. I appreciate the quick responses btw. Not what I'm used to on other forums.
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I'm not sure what starboard material is, but I'm going to google it. I appreciate the quick responses btw. Not what I'm used to on other forums.
These guys will cut to spec and route the edges as well. I've had excellent service from them on the pieces I've needed..

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It will show up as King Starboard. Makes great cutting boards also. It works just like wood. There are a number of thicknesses and several colors. You should be able to find some at a boatyard or maybe even West Marine. Almost nothing will stick to it. I have had really good luck painting it with Fusion paint though.
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Before anyone thinks of replacing plastic laminate with Starboard, keep in mind that it can't be glued effectively. You're going to have to use some sort of mechanical fasteners or restraint.


For anyone unsure how to install plastic laminate, there are dozens of videos on youtube.
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How about mixing some white powder into epoxy and fill the holes.
Then sand it smooth and spray paint the panel white.
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Cut a piece of rubber or similar material to fit, glue it in place and call it "non-skid".
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I'm liking the "non-skid" idea!
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Google "hole plugs" many shapes, colors and sizes available. available at Lowes or H.Depot etc. Most just snap in or you can add glue.
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