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Switch Panel Material Options

All our material is rugged, UV resistant ABS plastic.  Never rusts, and is not brittle like acrylic.  We have a variety of standard laminate options shown below.

Depending on the requirements for your specific dash panel, we’ll choose the most appropriate CORE material.  The core material does not impact the look of the face of the panel, but can be seen along the sides of the panel.

  • No Panel Engraving – We’ll use either black, or white.  Whichever most closely matches the laminate color.
  • Non-backlit Engraving – We’ll do the opposite of above, and use black or white that most contrasts with the top color
  • Backlit Engraving – We’ll use a “milky white-ish” Natural ABS core.  This is the only core that allows light to pass through it

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New Wire Marine custom switch panel material options

1. Matte Black

Matte Black is the most popular material for our marine switch panels.  Mostly because it matches everything and is a nice contrast against the normal white fiberglass.

Matte Black also looks good nearby instruments which often have a black bezel.  It obviously contrasts well with white, so looks great with either backlit or non-backlit panel engravings.

Black could arguably be seen as a bit common or boring… so if you’re really looking for something unique consider some of our other options too!

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  • Non-Backlit Graphic
  • Backlit Graphic
Matte black switch panel material color

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Black Carbon Fiber Dash Panel Example with contura switches

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2. Black Carbon Fiber

Probably our second most popular material, our Black Carbon Fiber print laminate is super common on boats.  The weave pattern also hides watermarks and smudges better than a flat color material like black.

Black Carbon Fiber has a nice gloss to it, but it’s not so glossy that it would reflect sunlight into your eyes.

This material looks nice with non-backlit and backlit logo etchings, but we DO NOT recommend it for small backlit text engravings.  The grey in the material is just too close to the same color of Natural core material, and small text tends to be difficult to read at some angles.

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  • Non-Backlit Graphic
  • Backlit Graphic (but not backlit text)

3. Brushed Ebony

Brushed Ebony is great to add a little textured look, but maintain all the advantages of a black panel.  We really like this material.

Like black, it matches pretty much any dash.  Being very dark, it also looks spectacular with a graphic or text engravings.

Brushed Ebony has a really high end and classy look to it, and we recommend it as an alternative to our popular Black Carbon Fiber material if you have backlit text engraving on your panel.

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  • Non-Backlit Graphic
  • Backlit Graphic
Brushed ebony switch panel material color choice

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Brushed Silver Material

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4. Brushed Silver

Brushed Silver is one of our favorite switch panel materials.  It looks great on white fiberglass, and looks SPECTACULAR with a contrasting black logo engraving.

It matches most helms and like Brushed Ebony has a high-end and custom feel.  It also looks a bit like aluminum, so has a sort of rugged quality to it without the corrosion issues of metal.

It does NOT however have enough contrast with a Natural core material, so backlit graphics are not possible with Brushed Silver.

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  • Non-Backlit Graphic

5. White Carbon Fiber

Consider this instead of flat white material if you’re looking for a lighter panel.  The texture really breaks up the surface and looks really great.

It is a gloss material, but the pattern resist smudges that can be problematic on gloss black.

This material actually does contrast well with a Natural core – which is actually darker than the surface material – so it looks nice with backlit graphics.

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  • Backlit Graphic
white carbon fiber textured switch panel material.

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matte white carbon fiber material for boat dash panels

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6. White

 

Our white material is Matte with no gloss.  It contrasts well with black switches, and can look good on white fiberglass.

It looks great on a black core with a non-backlit black engraving, and also with a black pinstripe… kind of the opposite of the classic “black with white pinstripe” that pretty much every boat built before 2000 sported.

It does not contrast well with a Natural core, so backlit graphics are not an option with White laminate material.

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7. Malibu Walnut

Woodgrains look nice on cruisers and interior panels.  Not many center consoles go with Malibu Walnut, but is actually a really nice looking print.

Malibu Walnut looks really nice on a black core with non-backlit graphics, and actually looks neat too on a Natural core with a backlit graphic.  Backlighting kind of defeats the purpose of looking like real wood, but hey… whatever floats your boat.

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  • Backlit Graphic
woodgrain - malibu walnut switch panel

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Some Helpful Links for More Info: 

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see some switch panel projects
custom panel buyer’s guide
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