Avion panel - removal for paint?

Avion panel - removal for paint?

I would like to remove the front of my panel in my 57 182 to change it from gray to a new color to match my new interior... is this a realitivly easy process, or am I setting myself up for a financial disaster???

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Re: Avion panel - removal for paint?

If it is an Avion Panel the last I heard they are an overlay, so you can unbolt them from the original panel framework. Expect about 10-12 hours to R&R an instrument panel so that might give you an idea.

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Re: Avion panel - removal for paint?

I have always wanted to do this as well and would love to know how much the Avion panels run, as well as the difficulty level to change a panel out.

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Re: Avion panel - removal for paint?

Stan Cooper redid his panel and yokes with the Avion products a while back. See below. A forum search via "Avion" will reveal others.

Stan Cooper
06/27/2004
00:28 EDT
Re: Panel Overlay

Four years ago, I took the plunge and installed an Avion Research [www.avion.com] panel in my '63 172D.

"Before" and "after" photos are at http://home.earthlink.net/~k4drd/index.html
The panel is STC'd, powdercoated aluminum, and makes the airplane a real joy to fly.

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Re: Avion panel - removal for paint?

Avion does very nice panels. Keep in mind they can sometimes be very slow, and you may have to custom fit it in your aircraft and you may have to send them back a few times to get it right.

Powder coating and silk screening is the best way to go when making a new panel in my experiance. Though you really should have an avionics tech install it to make sure it is done properly and safe. I work in Lincoln CA and make custom panels myself. I also clean up the wiring while they are out, its the best time to do it becasue everything is very accessible.

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