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Old 02-17-2016, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by CDShack View Post
Holy Crap that's a good looking dash!
I agree.. WOW!
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:08 AM
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Looks like it's somewhere around 8 for change and 4 against. (Should have made this a poll)

Maybe this will help.

I made use of my superior MS Paint skills and came up this this:
The fluorescent lighting in the shop isn't doing my boat any favors but you get the idea.

Old:
[ATTACH=CONFIG]551210[/ATTACH]

New:
[ATTACH=CONFIG]551211[/ATTACH]


If I had a white glove box and a white cabin door/hatch, it would be a no-brainer.
As it is now, there's a lot of dark surfaces that kinda balance out the cockpit.

I was leaning towards modern, but now I'm moving back towards old school.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:43 AM
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Now we see the full perspective and I'm inclined to agree, the white will look out of place with your black glove compartment and cabin door. Can you upgrade them as well, make everything white and perhaps add some blue accents or trim? I know that's a good way to spend lots of extra money but isn't that why we own boats?!

Wildman's idea of painting is a good option but I think you have to match port and starboard dash and probably cabin door too. As for Ballistic Beak, his was easy, already had the white on the port side! Both those are very nice examples.

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Old 02-18-2016, 04:50 AM
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I like the black, it goes with everything else.

But like Rak said I painted both the glove box door as well as the switch panel and added a red fountain with bolt to the cabin door to bring it together.

Lots more work.
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildman_grafix View Post
Joe,

Nice looking Dash, where did you get the red switch covers?

Here was mine BEFORE

DSC_7872 by WIldman Grafix, on Flickr


After

IMG_2020 by WIldman Grafix, on Flickr
It's been 1.5 yrs but I'll see if I can find it.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:45 PM
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Either go full tilt, replace all the black, or leave it alone. Swing for the fence if your going to do it.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by VoodooRob View Post
Either go full tilt, replace all the black, or leave it alone. Swing for the fence if your going to do it.
I agree. Just the white dash will not balance well with the black /dark colored hatch and glove box. The good thing is it's easy to change the color of the plastic with either vinyl or paint.

zz28zz - I did not try to match the colors - so there is a subtle difference, but much less of a difference than the white gel and black dash

I really dig the large Fountain logo across the top of the hatch - I think I'm going to copy it.

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Old 02-18-2016, 05:41 PM
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go with the new dash. take your other panels to a local plastics co. and have them make new white panels for you. it will be one of the easiest and cheapest updates you can do for your boat. if the boat was a mint 60's or 70's model that you wanted to keep the authenticity then i could see where you are coming from but the 80's and 90's aren't on the rotisserie yet. it will also make your boat more salable when the time comes imo
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:06 PM
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Acquire the dash of its a great deal. Doesn't take long to unplug the fountain gauges. Set the new dash in place. I'm for upgrading which also means glove box and cabin door.
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:07 PM
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you can always paint everything.





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