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DaveIsaacs posted 03-22-2001 08:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveIsaacs   Send Email to DaveIsaacs  

My 1979 Montauk console has a black "backing", a thin, decorative material on the facing surface of the console. It's basically a backdrop the console components are set against.

Does this sound like an original piece of equipment? I wonder if consoles were frequently modified by dealers...?

It is cracking and fading and getting worse every year.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to replace the backing or otherwise fix-up my console. After I get the backing replaced, I can replace the wood border around the large instruments, etc.

-Dave-

Landlocked posted 03-22-2001 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Dave,

Just dealt with the same problem on my montauk. I believe the vinyl was original equipment.

Decided instead of replacing to remove. Scraped it off, waxed area where it had been, replaced the old teak Ply instrument backings with mahogany and it looks great.

Yea there will be glare but I can live with it. just looks alot cleaner without the black vinyl.

I tried the mahogany on a whim. The trim around the face of the console on my boat is teak. I finished both the teak and mahogany with tounge oil. Makes a nice contrast.

Landlocked.

Arch Autenreith posted 03-22-2001 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I did the same as Landlocked. Just removed it and thought it looked better without it.
tarbaby posted 03-23-2001 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
I have a friend that does vinyl stickers.I asked him about getting a piece for just this application. He says it has a 5 year outdoor rating so it should last a good length of time. It is thick and should hold up well. He has made the name of my boat for my transom as well as the state numbers on the bow. I think with such a classic boat, those numbers from the hardware store look awful. He can also do Whaler stickers. VanBaars Screenprinting in Washington NC. (252) 974- 1099 . Ask for Hagan. He can usually get them out on the same day
DaveIsaacs posted 03-23-2001 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     
Thanks to everyone for all the help.
I think I will take it off and clean/wax.

If I change my mind, then I can get replacement vinyl (thanks for the phone number on that).
-Dave-

Alaska posted 03-24-2001 02:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alaska  Send Email to Alaska     
I just did the same to mine, I used a heat gun to remove the vinyl and acetone to remove the glue. then I masked, sanded and painted the rectangular area burgundy to match the stripes on my hull. turned out great.
kingfish posted 03-24-2001 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I guess I'm kind of behind the curve here, but there have been threads about this stuff that I think you can find if you sift through.

The black, pebble-grained stick-on vinyl or whatever is called "Mat-tak", or something close enough to that, that you will recognize it when you see it. As I recall from the earlier threads, it is still available, for those of a "purist" sensibility.

John

stagalv posted 03-24-2001 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
I pulled that black stuff off because it was looking fairly bad after 16yrs of sun. I choose to replace the console face using 1/4" black starboard. This stuff works and looks great. Rex
Ray posted 03-24-2001 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Dave,
If you go to OEM Sources I have a post dated 2/4/01 and gave the details of a non-glare vinyl that's readily available to replace the original. The only difference seems to be it does not have the grainy look. I ordered a yard for $10 incl. shipping and it looks like it will work fine. I plan to put it on when the sun gets a little higher here in Mich.
Ray
Bullbay posted 03-24-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
I am using a local instrumentation company to replace my left console. I have all instruments on the right and the previous owner had a two way battery switch on the left it will cost $25 with the aluminun back and the black vinyl surface which will be a perfect match to the original and it will include the silver outline.
Kelly posted 03-24-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I just bought a console for a Montauk. there was this black piece that I did not know where it fit. After reading the above comments, I will probably not use it and go with one of the alternatives.

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