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Old 05-20-2019, 10:15 AM   #1
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Backing board for Electronics

I am planning on doing a cleanup of my electronics under the dash and would like to mount them to a board versus screw each into the fiberglass (one of the reasons my cables are a mess is I didn't put as many tiedowns in as I would have liked).
What have others used, im thinking HDPE as it looks to have a higher ignition temp than wood but thought I would see what this group thinks.

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:29 AM   #2
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I am planning on doing a cleanup of my electronics under the dash and would like to mount them to a board versus screw each into the fiberglass (one of the reasons my cables are a mess is I didn't put as many tiedowns in as I would have liked).
What have others used, im thinking HDPE as it looks to have a higher ignition temp than wood but thought I would see what this group thinks.

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In these types of locations, I have epoxied mahogany to the glass, then screw into the mahogany. No holes in the glass and easy to change things.


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I am planning on doing a cleanup of my electronics under the dash and would like to mount them to a board versus screw each into the fiberglass (one of the reasons my cables are a mess is I didn't put as many tiedowns in as I would have liked).
What have others used, im thinking HDPE as it looks to have a higher ignition temp than wood but thought I would see what this group thinks.

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My tech fabricated a one piece black plastic panel that has a light texture. It matches well with the original black service that came with the boat. I don't know exactly what the material is but it works well!
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expanded PVC sheets ie: sign board; low flammability, it can be glued, unlike PE. Ordinary HDPE is also highly flammable.

https://www.interstateplastics.com/P...ss=0.236&qty=1
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I am planning on doing a cleanup of my electronics under the dash and would like to mount them to a board versus screw each into the fiberglass (one of the reasons my cables are a mess is I didn't put as many tiedowns in as I would have liked).
What have others used, im thinking HDPE as it looks to have a higher ignition temp than wood but thought I would see what this group thinks.

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There is a place on 85th NE just off 15th that does engraving on panels, cutting, etc. I had them make me one or two custom panels with cutouts for devices, holes for mounting screws, etc. They did a good job and I think are used by a number of the marine shops. If you can draw something up for them, they should be able to make a panel and even have them cut the openings for the instruments, etc. The material is available is different thickness, and would probably yield a nicer job than just cutting a sheet of Starboard. Sorry I can't remember the name, but I think it begins with an "M".
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Thanks! Should be able to track them down.
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You can also try Front Panel Express. Just down load their software and design what you want. It gives you pricing as you design.
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The PO used black starboard. It has a bit of texture. I didnít figure this out until I had to mount a new monitor and I used black starboard for additional backing behind the panel. It was the same stuff. Using trim kits from the electronics and everything looks good.

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My tech fabricated a one piece black plastic panel that has a light texture. It matches well with the original black service that came with the boat. I don't know exactly what the material is but it works well!

Looks like black Starboard to me.
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