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69 fiberglass dash pad

Here is the picture of the fiberglass dash pad I made.



Here is the link to more pictures.

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=211870

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 12, 11:27 AM
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Re: 69 fiberglass dash pad

I was checking out your pictures of that, looks like you did a good job.

How you going to finish it?

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I was checking out your pictures of that, looks like you did a good job.

How you going to finish it?
I am going to paint it black, the same color as my dash.

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Thats quite cool..I used to own a fiberglass company/ factory...everything from air condtion units for roof tops, bus fronts , rears, camper vans etc.
Would have approached the job a bit different.
Taken the dash, and with bits of filler , wood, even vynl covering created a plug of what wanted...
Painted with high build, blocked back till as perfect as possible...keep in mind even a finger print will show up....waxed and used mould release.
Then around 15 to 18/1000" thick moulding gelcoat...then another coat using tissue matt.
Tissue matt is like chop stand but thin like tissue paper.
Then start laying up, letting each layer cure before the next...to many layers at once the resen heats up stuff distorts
Then once the mould is about 5mm thick, glass in some bracing...bits of wood, steel even rolled up newspaper to get it to hold ridgett.
Rease the mould from the plug using compressed air.
Clean up the mould, wax and mould release....now make up the unit.
15 to 18/100 gelcoat,let cure, then lay up the back......only need about 3mm thick...le cure and pop out of the mould....mould gets re used.

Careful of under cuts... this is where a split mould is made, the under cut part of the mould can be un bolted...
Screw holes can be marked before the gelcoat with small bits of modeling clay..

Hand laying up out of a mould like that can knock out a unit per day.

Want to make a full 1 peice tilt front for the car... exactlt same principle

My Spelling is not incorrect...it is creative

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I am going to paint it black, the same color as my dash.
I wasn't specific, I meant as in a texture? I bought a Accu Form dash cap for my car and before I got it, I was worried about what the texture was going to look like and I had a few idea's just in case. I played around at work with paint applied with a paint roller and then you can knock down the texture after it dried with sand paper and the re-spray the color or another guy here said he did the same thing but first used a hammertone paint and then knocked that down with sandpaper and re-painted.

As it was, I didn't have to worry about things because the dash cap already came with a nice texture in it.

Have you thought about doing the entire dash in fiberglass? I bet you were a little itchy by the time you were done sanding....

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Re: 69 fiberglass dash pad

Here is a updated picture of the fiberglass dash pad painted with the soft feel paint. It feels like rubber. Also installed new speedo and tach in DSE dash cluster.










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Re: 69 fiberglass dash pad

Im impressed with the workmanship..
Design a bit clutted for my liking , but this is about the concept of what u are doing etc
10/10

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