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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old December 23rd, 2006, 17:55 Thread Starter
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Dash restoration attempt - learn from my mistake

I'm restoring an 86. The dash was badly cracked in the center and around the passenger side vent. I sent it off to a local shop for restoration. Here are the sad, unusable results:







As you can see by referring to the unrestored example behind it, all the vent and accessory holes are too small as a result of applying the covering. Sad and frustrating. Anyone have a better experience with dash restoration?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old December 23rd, 2006, 18:31
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Wow. Sad and frustrating indeed. That dash now looks cheap and tacky.

I haven't started to restore my dash yet. Luckily it is not cracked, scratched or gouged. However, I would like the to look much cleaner than it does now.
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Don't tell me they actually wanted you to pay for that. Not only does it look... BAD. It also is NO LONGER USABLE. I know you already mentioned this, but damn. There would be a serious beat-down at the shop that did that.
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I won't let my son tell me how much I paid. It was definitely somewhere north of $200. The shop has done other good work for me so maybe they just don't grok dashes.

The ruined dash is now where it can't hurt us and where I never have to see it again.

I wonder if a real restoration shop could actually RESTORE a dash to its ORIGINAL condition. There are many other parts and services I have to buy before I'll try again.
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i think i might be a little slow. did they just cover the piece in that stuff and call it a day? All the plastic pieces in our cars can be fixed.

You "melt" plastic and then spread it over what ever you want to repair or form.
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A dash, because of how it is made, is a little harder to fix and look good. I have seen them repaired in the past and it is usually very noticable.

It would look cool if could be recovered in stitched leather. If done correctly. Ferrariish.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old December 27th, 2006, 20:47 Thread Starter
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I've been reading ads in "Hemmings Motor News" for years from places like "Just Dashes" (www.justdashes.com). These folks seem to indicate that they can bring dashes back to factory condition. I'll bet the price would make you blush but the work would be excellent. Perhaps next time.
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I have been toying with the idea of using carbon fibre to fix black plastic interior parts.
Has anyone tried it? Maybe with enough clearcoat to fill the weave, plus some buffing, you could salvage the part. Sure it wouldn't look "stock" anymore....
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When i get home today I'll try to post some pictures. You can do any part of the interior like I said. So far I'm doing a lot of molding like this.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old January 15th, 2007, 09:40
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How about a rally-esque "flocked" dash? I think the real ones are sort of a spray-on flocking.

P.S. I'm the guy who stripped a mk2 dash, sanded it, and painted it with ultra flat black bumper paint. Weight reduction uber alles!
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What if you just have a corner where your unnamed friend smacked his knee on it and broke it? Is that fixable? It really bothers me...
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Based on my experience, it will never look right. I spent a bunch of money on a good used dash pad and I'm glad I did. It looks great. Since you have to remove the gauge cluster plastic to remove the dash pad, you have to accept that fact that you may hear a lot of crunching noises as old, brittle plastic shatters when you remove the screws. If you want everything just right (I'm doing a restoration so I don't have a choice) you have to press forward and replace what breaks. My experience is that you have to buy at least two of everything to get one good one.
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I can't imagine removing my dash... yikes. I've junked a bunch of MR2s in the past... 2 with mint dashes, all because the idea haunted me in my sleep!
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It's not that bad. You just have to have a bit of patience. The only mildly tricky part is knowing/remembering that there is a metal clip in the top center of the dash pad. It simply slides over a metal lip. Once you have all the screws and bolts removed, just jiggle (don't yank) to loosen the clip's hold on the metal lip.
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my girlfriend is my dash remover she has done 4 now first one now when we go to the yards and spot soomething nice she has the dash and all pieces completely removed in under an hour and a half. God i love her BTW Aaron thanks again for the eyelids saved me a buch of money and hassle
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