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Re: Backing plates, what do you use?
As you can see from Marksf's post, polished S/S with acorn nuts is the best looking. I prefer to use it or fender washers (on lower loaded hardware) in areas where the backer is visible. Save the Starboard/G10 etc. for the hidden stuff.
Polished S/S is definitely the most work but it looks the best by far and you're only doing it once.
Unless you have a drill press and a band saw with a metal blade I'd strongly recommend getting them roughed out by a machine shop - they can flame/laser/cnc cut the pieces and punch the bolt holes instead of drilling.
File & sand to 1200 then polish them on a $40 Harbour Freight polishing wheel.
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