Author Topic: Strengthen Instrument Bezel  (Read 238 times)

78TA_In87

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Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:07:36 PM »
My new gauges are designed where they can easily mount to the engine swirled instrument bezel.  For extra support (even though the new gauges are light), would adding a coat of fiberglass to it be an ok idea?  The only thing I think could be an issue is if that would make it too stiff, it it needs to flex a little to re-install.
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Aus78Formula

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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 01:15:57 AM »
Wouldn't bother, sounds like it would only do more harm than what it would possibly protect it from.

78TA_In87

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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 03:54:18 AM »
Wouldn't bother, sounds like it would only do more harm than what it would possibly protect it from.

In what way?
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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 04:47:16 AM »
I would be afraid the glass will pull and bend/warp the panel.  It does shrink as it sets.
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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2019, 05:38:44 AM »
I agree with Aus - not sure what value it would add - but if you want to give it a go I'd use West System Epoxy Resin since it is less likely to distort than Polyester resin.
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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
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78TA_In87

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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2019, 10:06:02 AM »
Well, I was just asking.  You didn't explain anything.
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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2019, 10:07:10 AM »
I would be afraid the glass will pull and bend/warp the panel.  It does shrink as it sets.

Thanks.  That make sense.
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Re: Strengthen Instrument Bezel
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 06:19:14 AM »
I thought you were actually going to support it from the bezel... otherwise I don't see the value.




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