Taiden Dork
Dec. 2, 2011 8:29 p.m.

I had a crazy thought.

Couldn't we vinyl wrap a dashboard after repairing cracks?

irish44j Dork
Dec. 2, 2011 8:34 p.m.

funny, I just was out in the garage a few minutes ago and stopped to stare at my awful dash on the e30, lol.

I have some HUGE cracks. For a stopgap I just took some black silicone and used my finger to fill the cracks and smooth them over the top. Now that the cracks are smooth, I'm looking for something to put over it for cosmetics.

I saw some guy on one of the e30 forums who bought some product that is basically like thick paint/glue stuff that you mix these tiny cloth bits or something with and then roll it on. Comes out looking like a textured cloth dash or something, looked really good.

ahutson03 Reader
Dec. 2, 2011 8:45 p.m.

Fill the cracks and flock it

carguy123 SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2011 9:01 p.m.
ahutson03 wrote: Fill the cracks and flock it

Like this?

irish44j Dork
Dec. 2, 2011 9:17 p.m.

I might just get a little arts and crafts brush and paint a bunch of false cracks all over mine....

Vigo SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2011 10:25 p.m.
I saw some guy on one of the e30 forums who bought some product that is basically like thick paint/glue stuff that you mix these tiny cloth bits or something with and then roll it on. Comes out looking like a textured cloth dash or something, looked really good.

You have piqued my interest.

irish44j Dork
Dec. 2, 2011 10:55 p.m.

I'll have to look around for it when I have nothing better to do...

Taiden Dork
Dec. 2, 2011 10:57 p.m.

This looks pretty darn good. How come no one specifies where they get their materials?

http://ls1tech.com/forums/appearance-detailing/1056498-how-fix-wrap-your-dash-pad-...

gamby SuperDork
Dec. 3, 2011 12:18 a.m.
ahutson03 wrote: Fill the cracks and flock it

That's my mantra (although the two are usually reversed n order)

Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
Dec. 3, 2011 6:29 a.m.
SVreX SuperDork
Dec. 3, 2011 7:10 a.m.

I used shag carpeting on the dash of my first car.

Oh wait... it was a '66 VW Bus in the good ol' peace, love, and granola days. Might look different in an E30.

Taiden Dork
Dec. 3, 2011 7:42 a.m.

Yeah, we have a great thread on flocking already. I'm looking for alternatives. Something more OEM in look.

Mazdax605 Dork
Dec. 3, 2011 8:18 a.m.
gamby wrote:
ahutson03 wrote: Fill the cracks and flock it

That's my mantra (although the two are usually reversed n order)

I see what you did there.

wheelsmithy Reader
Dec. 3, 2011 8:23 a.m.

I've seen truck bed lining done with excellent results(professional, not DIY, but the concept is good)

ultraclyde HalfDork
Dec. 3, 2011 8:30 a.m.

If you're talking vinyl wrap like the printed stuff they wrap the outside of the car with, it will never stick to the dash. Unless the dash is sheet metal or aluminum. But then this wouldn't be an issue.

If you mean upholstery vinyl, then sure

irish44j Dork
Dec. 3, 2011 5:54 p.m.
Taiden wrote: Yeah, we have a great thread on flocking already. I'm looking for alternatives. Something more OEM in look.

I seem to see uncracked dashes for sale on the forums all the time for $100-150. I would pick one up myself, but I really just don't want to pull everything apart, honestly. If one pops up close to you, would be worth it. Shipping is what kills.

Vigo SuperDork
Dec. 3, 2011 11:29 p.m.
I'll have to look around for it when I have nothing better to do...

That was my approach too. If you dont have it handy, don't go out of your way.

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