Taiden
Taiden Dork
12/2/11 8:29 p.m.

I had a crazy thought.

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

irish44j
irish44j Dork
12/2/11 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
ahutson03 Reader
12/2/11 8:45 p.m.

Fill the cracks and flock it

carguy123
carguy123 SuperDork
12/2/11 9:01 p.m.
ahutson03 wrote: Fill the cracks and flock it

Like this?

irish44j
irish44j Dork
12/2/11 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
Vigo SuperDork
12/2/11 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
irish44j Dork
12/2/11 10:55 p.m.

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

Taiden
Taiden Dork
12/2/11 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-look-brand-new.html

gamby
gamby SuperDork
12/3/11 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
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
12/3/11 6:29 a.m.

donjer.com

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
12/3/11 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
Taiden Dork
12/3/11 7:42 a.m.

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

Mazdax605
Mazdax605 Dork
12/3/11 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
wheelsmithy Reader
12/3/11 8:23 a.m.

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

ultraclyde
ultraclyde HalfDork
12/3/11 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
irish44j Dork
12/3/11 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
Vigo SuperDork
12/3/11 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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