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Old 09-12-2020, 06:41 PM
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Does anyone know how to repair delaminating faceplate on a Garmin SL40?

Delamination is on right hand side so not end of world, but I'd really like to fix...
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:34 PM
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Steinair sells replacement faceplates for the SL40. The narrow plastic piece that you view the frequencies through.
They are just stick on pieces.
Hold on to your hat for the price! They are about $80 each.
You have to ask for them since they are not listed in their catalogue.
(Assuming they still have them.)
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:48 AM
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Thanks. I fired off an email to the Stein. I'll post their answer soonest...
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:39 AM
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Does anyone know how to repair delaminating faceplate on a Garmin SL40?

Delamination is on right hand side so not end of world, but I'd really like to fix...
I had to replace on both an SL30 and SL40. Gagged on the price but I ordered them.

You may also want to try Stark Avionics in GA. http://starkavionics.com He usually has better pricing on Garmin $tuff. Give John a call. Good guy, very helpful.
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I got one from Stein a couple of years ago.

I was thrilled to get it so no I did not mind the price.
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Stein answered my email on a Sunday! $84 + shipping. In stock but not shown on-line.

Can somebody say how difficult to change out? Adhesive backed I think...
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Stein answered my email on a Sunday! $84 + shipping. In stock but not shown on-line.

Can somebody say how difficult to change out? Adhesive backed I think...
Incredibly easy to replace. Yes, adhesive backed. I did mine many years ago.
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Incredibly easy to replace. Yes, adhesive backed. I did mine many years ago.
Is it best to take radio out of the stack and work on a bench or just pry it off and stick new one on right then and there?
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I went to my local window tinting shop and grabbed a piece of .015-ish scrap from the dumpster. It was the darkest stuff they had and was actually used to make removeable window shades. Picture a window screen with dark plastic instead of mesh screening.
Cut out a piece approx 5.0 x 0.5. apply a tiny drop of superglue in each corner and you're in business. The stuff isn't polarized so you may have to shade the the radio if the sun is behind you. It doesn't cost $84 either.
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The knob is actually in the way of the new screen so you can either take it off or youíll have to hold it back to get the new faceplate in place. Other than that itís straightforward. You can do it in place but the radio is easy to remove so either way works.
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