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Message started by Mr_Bill_84_944 on Dec 30th, 2019 at 6:35pm

Title: Re: Dash Recovering
Post by V17 on Jan 4th, 2020 at 7:16pm
I did it because Classic 9 (who does this for a living) does it (and it was included with the kit.)

What I lack is experience in doing it without the foam.  Obviously, the attention to detail required would be more important, and no idea how it would hold up in the long term (anyone with experience?)

From an old Rennlist post of theirs:
"The way I do it is by removing the vinyl to expose the bare foam. Fill the cracks with a flexible filler. I use one made by Evercoat. Its two part similar to body filler. Sand and finish it just like any other body panel. Feather the edges where the repair meets the undamaged area.
Then I cut away the foam surrounding the defroster vents to fit the trim piece and drill the holes for mounting.
Then I add a layer of one eighth inch polyethylene foam over the entire surface and sand it to meet the original contours. This will cover any imperfections left from the refinishing and give the new material a smooth surface on which to "ride" as it expands and contracts with temperature changes.

This is the same material and process now used by many OEMs including Porsche.

I use Weldwood HHR professional grade contact cement that holds up to heat and temperature changes. Despite this, the sun will always take its toll on a leather dash. All it takes is a few days sitting in the sun unprotected with the windows up.

I'd recommend vinyl in warm climates."

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