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Early NK Dash Repair Question - UPDATE


Mike_B
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Since the fake wood veneer is shot and it seems like there is no good means to replace it, I was thinking that I would use vinyl similar to a 911 dash.

I think the basket weave texture might look nice. It is period correct and matches the material on the seats and door panels.

Remove the fake plastic wood here -

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and recover with this -

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Mike,

I think the 911 material is very nice. My slant is to try and keep the car original so I searched on options to see if there would be adhesive wood grain vinyl that would be close to the original and just searching for a minute I found these:

http://www.rvinyl.com/woodgrain.htm

I'm sure there are more to be found. The original BMW material and its grain look are not that outstanding to start with so I wouldn't be concerned that it would look any more cheesy than the original was.

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I ordered some samples from Rvinyl a couple months back and applied the squares to a spare glovebox door that I had and they don't look "right". The sheen is a bit off and it looks much more ersatz than the original.

On a side note... I did buy some chrome vinyl at the same time and it worked really well on the door panel chrome strips. I think there is now another option to the 3M chrome trim and mylar solutions. I'm curious to see how it lasts.

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I picked up some of the basketweave vinyl from TRE Motorsports and went to work on a spare glovebox door I had in the garage. Getting the plastic wood veneer and chrome strip were more difficult that I expected because the interior plastic panel on the door is held in place by small pins that have a "mushroom" head to hold the panel in place. Well, some of the pins popped out and in some places the plastic panel cracked, oh well...

Once the pieces were removed, I cut the vinyl and did a test fit. Keep in mind that in these photos, the vinyl is not glued in place, but it looks pretty good and period correct.

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Next is trimming and gluing the vinyl in place. Then on to a spare dash in the garage.

So far this looks like a viable solution to the crappy cracked plastic wood.

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