Installing a switch

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by swaddict, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. swaddict

    swaddict Thread Killer

    What's the best way to drill a hole in my center console, without chipping the finish? Tape or drill from the inside out? Thanks for the input
  2. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    just put a piece of masking take over the area and drill at a fast speed with very light and slow pressure from the outside in (the surface the switch will be). Atleast thats what always works for me.

  3. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love!

    some boat riggers will use a countersink bit to taper the edge of the gel coat which eliminates any spider cracking
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    mark location
    check back of location to verify no wires or obstructions

    (you don't want to know how I learned that one   :eek: )

    pilot hole using small drill bit
    countersink bit to prevent chipping (front and back)
    final drill with correct bit

    using the countersink also creates a depression around the drillhole
    which holds excess sealant and therefore creates a better seal.