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restoring a formica dash board

Postby SA561 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:01 am

Hello,

My '64 super Ariston has been recently restored (deck, bottoms Netherlands) and revarnished. the only remaining problem is a cracked Formica dashboard. The best solution seems to me to replace it and I have either a formica board or a mahogany one to do that. My question is: Is it possible to take off the old one ,shape and glue a new one without a dismantling of the deck structure and what kind of glue (Bostik ?) am I supposed to use ? :roll: posting.php?mode=post&f=8#

Thanks to let me know if someone has tricks to do that.
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Re: restoring a formica dash board

Postby Don Ayers » Wed May 08, 2013 6:21 am

If your Riva originally had a Formica dash that is what I would put back on to preserve the boat. You can do it without taking the dash out if you carefully make a pattern.

1. Do you have the exact correct Formica? the correct material is now available from http://www.rivaguru.com

2. You can scuff up the surface of the original and use epoxy to glue another layer on.

3. Be sure to clamp everything down very well and make a corner curve block to bend and hold it in place
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Re: restoring a formica dash board

Postby SA561 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:00 am

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Ok, thanks a lot Don.
Yes I got a formica rol from RAM but I finally I opted for the replacement of the formica (period correct but "ugly"http://www.rivaforum.org/posting.php?mode=reply&f=8&sid=6f4d6eaad2d6d50ed11e0d6f4f9390c0&t=129# in my opinion...) with a Honduras mahogany placage one covered with Stoppani varnishes and UV protection. An electric windshield wiper instead of the vacuum one and a cigatette lighter added as a power source for GPS and so on . The steering wheel was electrolisis retinted (the colors inverted) and plexiglass holder replaced by a new one.
As we opened the stoppani cans we corrected some varnish cracks and imperfections omited in a previous hull restoration.
As weather is rotten here, our next summer restoration (painting and chroming) will be a pair of '70 folding "Cabin boy" bicycles (Riva colors of course), I am looking for "checker" or "zebra" saddle coverage...
I 'll let you know

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