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Repairing a trashed Dash

These are some photos of my repair of the badly damaged 3 piece dash in my 1600 project. I wasn't willing to spend $1500 on a new old stock dash, so dropped less than $200 to fix the old. Plus, I just wanted to see if it was possible.

Items needed:

1 x horrible Dash

Breather filter, mask rated for toxic fumes

2 x Cans Padded Dash filler

Glazing putty – your preference

Assortment of putty knives and body filler spreaders

Metal mixing tray

Assorted grits of sand paper 300-800

Texturizing spray. (I would not go this route again, but rather spray the dash matte black and then flock it.)

The dash in the sunlight really shows the extent of the damage. Thing about southwest cars is the body tends to hold up well, but everything else goes to pot -- rubber parts, seats, gaskets, dashes, etc.

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Large pieces needed to be removed to get down to a stable foam base.

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The dash was very badly damaged. I picked off the overlay material and worked down until I found stable foam underneath.

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More deconstruction

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The nitty gritty -- used Padded dash filler. This stuff does exactly what it is designed for. It is quite expensive though. A small can is $24 and I needed two. Additionally, you must wear a carbon filtered respirator / air filter. The fumes are very toxic. I used putty knifes and body filler tools to apply the product.

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After filling and worked with fine grit sand paper, can’t remember the exact grit, but don't get too aggressive, or you'll undo all your work.

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Here is the instrument cover reworked with the padded dash filler, glazed and sanded.

Applied glazing putty to provide a nice, smooth surface.

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I also used a texturizer spray from SEM called Clear Texture Coating. It is probably the worst product in the world - the nozzle clogs constantly, and it sprays fine mist and large globs at the same time. So I knocked it down with a few brisk swipe of fine grit sand paper and then finished the dash in an interior matte paint that sprayed a little too glossy for my taste, but...

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The end product. I gave it a good test squeeze and couple of good pokes to see if the stuff would crack and it holds up really well with a good deal of pliability. The padded dash filler really is an impressive product. I may use it to repair my sun baked Nardi Steering wheel. I may still flock the dash board, if it’s cost effective.

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Thanks for the write up!  This has inspired me to try and refurbish my dash (which is in a similar state of ugliness).

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Excellent effort.

 

One of the 1,000 reasons to work on our 2002's is the constant joy of stating "Hmmm, I think even I can do that." or "It cannot be that hard." and then finding out we were correct.  The I-did-it-myself feeling never gets old, does it?

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My 2-piece dash is much less cracked, but still needed one "Grand Canyon" excavated and filled. I am using urethane glue to fill the voids (Gorilla Glue).  It foams up nicely and bonds well.  After it cured, I carved/sanded off the excess.  Now I am using an exterior caulking produce to level the area off.  I apply the caulk, spread it over the depressed area and cover it tightly with a piece of vinyl (upside down so the grain imprints into the caulk).  The third application of caulk is curing currently, probably until March ("air drying" under the vinyl grain imprint cover takes a long time).  If it turns out OK, I will paint with SEM dye and share pictures.  If it sucks, I may need to undercoat the dash (for texture), and then respray.

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borgpj: Let us know how your technique turns out.  How are you keeping the upside down vinyl from bonding to the caulk?

 

Thanks,

 

Chris

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On 28/01/2016 at 4:51 AM, borgpj said:

My 2-piece dash is much less cracked, but still needed one "Grand Canyon" excavated and filled. I am using urethane glue to fill the voids (Gorilla Glue).  It foams up nicely and bonds well.  After it cured, I carved/sanded off the excess.  Now I am using an exterior caulking produce to level the area off.  I apply the caulk, spread it over the depressed area and cover it tightly with a piece of vinyl (upside down so the grain imprints into the caulk).  The third application of caulk is curing currently, probably until March ("air drying" under the vinyl grain imprint cover takes a long time).  If it turns out OK, I will paint with SEM dye and share pictures.  If it sucks, I may need to undercoat the dash (for texture), and then respray.

 

Hey, any updates on how your dash turned out?

 

Just starting to think about doing this and want to research the best method. 

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