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 don’t 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 ¼” thick.
I bought the vinyl and landau foam from Albrightsupply.com. A lot of people sell this vinyl. Shipping charges were outrageous
I bought the EVA foam from Amazon. It was ¼” (6mm) thick and 35”x59”.
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. Don’t 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.