Cover Small Holes

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Cover Small Holes

Postby ferdinando » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:39 am

Any creative suggestions on how to cover unsightly small holes on the top of your console due to the removal of electronic devices and their or mounts?

I would like to avoid any fiberglass work.

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Re: Small Holes

Postby frontier » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:39 am

Push-in hole plugs work good. Good size and color selection at local hardware stores like Ace or True Value. Or mask area with hole punch in masking tape and use white or beige silicone.

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Re: Small Holes

Postby Jefecinco » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:32 am

Installing small stainless steel round head bolts in the console is less unsightly than bare holes. Our former yacht tender Sport 13 has more than a few of these. I assume they were once used for mounting lifting eyes. They really don't look bad. Acorn nuts are used on the hull exterior side. If we ever decide to refinish the boat we will remove the bolts and have them filled.
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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby jimh » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:47 am

To fill old fastener holes from mounting brackets for electronic devices now removed:

—use an off-white or almond bath tub silicon caulk.

—use a machine screw; if a flush finish is needed, use a flathead screw.

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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby Phil T » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:24 am

I use a plastic hole plug. They come in many sizes, available at hardware store or builder supply stores.

I dab the hole with sealant to keep out any moisture.

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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby Jefecinco » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:36 am

Phil,

I have not seen those but they look ideal for the purpose. Thanks for the "new" solution.
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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby Phil T » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:44 pm

One of the first things I did on my 1987 Montauk way back in 2003.

I recall there were 3 sizes of holes. Found them at my local hardware store.

I replaced the wood cover with a VHF.

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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby stubaird » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:39 pm

Those are a great idea. I've never seen those, what section of a hardware store would they be in?

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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby Phil T » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:58 pm

I have always found them In the hometown hardware or local/regional chains (TruValue, Ace etc) they are typically in one of a dozen small slide out drawers of specialty hardware (covers,hole plug, grommets etc.).

The big box store (Lowes, HD etc) have them also.

The key name is "hole plug".
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Re: Cover Small Holes

Postby ferdinando » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:03 pm

Found some different sizes on Amazon!