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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-06-2019, 4:48 AM Reply   
So the stock plastic gauges have these thin silver plastic gauge bezels they cracked. (My boat is 18years old)
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-06-2019, 4:49 AM Reply   
You have to buy a complete new gauge if you want a new trim ring
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-06-2019, 4:50 AM Reply   
Lucky for me my brother has a 3D printer
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-06-2019, 4:51 AM Reply   
Here is the printed gauge ring.
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-06-2019, 4:51 AM Reply   
So I’ll sand them down and use some high build primer and paint them silver
Old     (tre)      Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: WI       05-06-2019, 9:19 AM Reply   
very cool idea to use a 3D printer. Post pics when you paint it. Would love to see how it turns out.
Old     (brhanley)      Join Date: Jun 2001       05-07-2019, 5:36 AM Reply   
Very nice. I have the same gauges and I think one of mine is cracked too. You should sell them!
Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-07-2019, 3:34 PM Reply   
Here is one of the painted 3D printed rings
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Old     (markj)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-08-2019, 4:13 AM Reply   
Is this your debut as a hand model? Lol

Thatís turning out well. Nice job sanding something so small. That mustíve been tedious. Are you planning a clear coat after the silver? It looks like the originals had a clear coat.
Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-08-2019, 4:37 AM Reply   
Mark your Silly Themís my Brothers Big Mitts
The paint I used for this first Test was some Metallic Silver Rustolium. And it usually has plenty of gloss but the test for some reason looks sorta semi gloss or even flat.
I have had good luck with painting plastic using the Fusion brand flick can. I will pick up a can of that for Test #2 my Brother printed like 20 rings so if you guys need some let me know. My Brother made a holder for the rings so you can place them on a drill and spin it and sand away. He said he got his finished in like 1 Min.
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-15-2019, 4:42 AM Reply   
This 3D printed Material is pretty Porous. I had to sand and repaint them 3x because the material seemed to soak in and shrink showing scratches.
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-19-2019, 9:40 AM Reply   
My brother is a genius the gauge bezels he made snapped in and locked into place requiring no glue.
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Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-19-2019, 9:42 AM Reply   
The Fuel Gauge is still stock and Iíll take that one off and replace it
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Old     (tre)      Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: WI       05-20-2019, 4:04 AM Reply   
Those turned out really nice!

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