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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 19, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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How to Recover a Dash Pad at Home

I had good luck recovering my dash pad. This would have been impossible to do a few years ago. It is now possible with the development of new materials, specifically EVA foam and stretchy vinyl.

Here is the link if you are interested
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You did a beautiful job Patrick.

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Wow you did an amazing job but that was a ton of work!
If you want to make a business out of it, you could.

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Wow that is insane. You know these days I value my off time more than my on time. That looks like many thousands of $$$$$. Good Job.

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Good write up and it turned out great. Makes me regret tossing my 69s pad all those years ago.

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Thank you for the complements.

It was not that hard. Cut the foam with a box cutter and glue it down. If you mess up the foam, just put another layer on and sand it down. Cut the vinyl with a scissor and pull it tight while the glue dries.

I hoped that someone would read the post and try his hand at recovering a pad. If two people can do this, then others will won't be hesitant and try their hand.
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Question?

Start to finish how much time invested into the recover job?

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I had good luck recovering my dash pad. This would have been impossible to do a few years ago. It is now possible with the development of new materials, specifically EVA foam and stretchy vinyl.

Here is the link if you are interested
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Excellent work ! It looks like it took you at least a couple of days.

I'm not that adventurous. Time is money.

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Start to finish how much time invested into the recover job?
Detailed Analysis of Time to Recover the Dash

Using the time and date stamps on the photographs:

July 20th Attempt to grind vinyl. Remove vinyl and foam.
July 21st Sandblast and paint the frame.
July 28th Foam arrived in the mail. Start to glue the foam.
Aug 17th Glue more foam
Aug 24th Glue the last of the foam
Sept 1st Sand Foam, Cut foam to fit the plastic dash gauge panel.
Sept 14th Cut and install landau Foam
Sept 22nd Cut and install vinyl top.
Sept 25th Wrap vinyl top around the ends. Finished.

9 days.

I guess that I am weird. I don't always do things to make a profit. Sometimes I build stuff just for the satisfaction of the accomplishment.
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I guess that I am weird. I don't always do things to make a profit. Sometimes I build stuff just for the satisfaction of the accomplishment.
Nothing wrong with that attitude and if you had to do it again it would take half of the time.
The satisfaction of being successful while learning something new is priceless in my opinion.
Nice job on the pad Patrick.

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The satisfaction of being successful while learning something new is priceless in my opinion.
Well said!

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I don't always do things to make a profit. Sometimes I build stuff just for the satisfaction of the accomplishment.
Pure win! This is what this hobby should be about....

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I may try this on my 69 pad...
I'm skeered...

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I may try this on my 69 pad...
I'm skeered...
I was also skeered.

Lets see, aren't you the guy that has rebuild not one, but two Camaros and working on a third one? This would be a walk in the park for you.

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I received a message from a member of this forum. I tried to respond but the website limited me to 1000 letters. [email protected]#$$% Who can write a response with less than a 1000 characters and fewer than twenty photos!!

So I posted my response here:

The pins on the top of the dash have a very coarse thread. Pal nuts are used to tighten them down. They are about 11/16 long. The two pins on the side of the dash have a little cone that is pushed into the bracket. They are very different.

The vinyl I used was Rapper Extreme, model Rapx-201. It is a marine grade vinyl. It can be used outdoors on boat seats and motorcycle seats. It stretches 4 ways. Its grain is not the same as Madrid.

Rapper makes a Madrid grain vinyl. It is not as stretchy. I dont remember if it is marine grade. It is model Rap-103. Confirm this is the correct model before you buy.

The Rapper vinyl covering comes about three feet wide. Your dash is wider than three feet. So, you have to order extra and waste some.

The Landau foam was thick.

I bought the vinyl and landau foam from Albrightsupply.com. A lot of people sell this vinyl. Shipping charges were outrageous
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I bought the EVA foam from Amazon. It was (6mm) thick and 35x59.

Hobby Lobby and other fabric stores sell vinyl and Landau foam.

I am sorry that Just Dashes will not recover your dash. If I would have known that removing the foam will prevent Just Dashes from taking a panel, I would have mentioned it in my build thread.

Spend time sculpting the foam. You have to get it right or else the vinyl will not look pretty. If you remove too much foam, just glue another sheet or patch on top. Do not try to remove the messed up layer. Sand it with sanding blocks. Dont try to do this free hand.

I have never tried to do upholstery or recover a dash before this one. I tried to sew a button on my shirt one time, and it fell off. You can do this. Shaping the EVA foam is the most important thing and the hardest part of this project. Spend time making it right. Gluing the Landau foam was easy. When you get to the part of gluing the vinyl, you will start to think This is going to work!

If you need some more photos, I have some that I did not publish.
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