Dash Repair Process/Pictures
Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:29 AM
Here's a few pictures of the cracks. Because of the limit on pictures in each post, I'll upload the balance of the pictures and the materials used after this.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:44 AM
Here's a picture of the cracks after I sliced down the foam and the materials I used. I was concerned with all the voids in the foam. I had expected something solid but realized all those open holes would provide an excellent base for the SEM plasticized bumper repair which was applied next. I had to apply two coats of the bumper repair plastic. It was easy to work with and feather edged nicely.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:52 AM
How do you plan on replicating the grain pattern?
Keep us updated!
HLS30-81167 restored, top to bottom.
2001 M roadster Gehen sie Schneller!
1987 SpecE30 Trackster...welcome home!
Making up for owning a minivan...
Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:02 AM
After that, I sprayed the complete dash with SEM's texture coating. I followed the directions on the can. I kept the spray nozzle approximately 20 inches from the surface and when the coating was finger dry, I knocked down the texture with scotch-brite.
I let the dash dry for 24 hours and then lightly scuffed the complete surface. I cleaned again with the plastic/leather prep and then applied two wet coats of SEM's Trim Black for my finish coat.
Here's some pictures of the finished product, it isn't perfect but it exceeded my expectations. I don't think I would have attempted this repair if the dash was in the car. Total cost was approximately $60 and maybe five hours of labor total.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:08 PM
1971 240Z - HLS30-30855 5/71
Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:23 PM
Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:06 PM
Great job. I am a big fan of SEM products. You did an amazing job.
I would have never thought to use Great Stuff to fix a Dash.
I guess my Dad was wrong.
He always told me there are only two things you need in your tool box.
1.) Duct Tape - If it moves and it's not supposed to... Apply Duct Tape
2.) WD40 - If it doesnt move and it is supposed to... Spray WD40
I guess now you can add:
3.) Great Stuff - If it cracks fill it with Great Stuff
Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:21 PM
Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:10 PM
Very sharp for what you have in it! Looks better than it cost!
Now for the real tests, time, heat, and UV.
You are in agood spot for all three!
Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
Yep, this repair has to pass the test of time here in the desert proving grounds. By this time next year I'll have an initial idea on how well this will holdup.
Since I plan on keeping THIS Z for the rest of my life, I'll post if/when the fateful day occurs, I realize it's probably only a matter of time. My plan "B" is a Dashcap.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:16 PM
i wonder how tight the foam will hold the pieces together.
let us know how it holds up in the Az sun.
if it lasts, i would definitely consider following your lead.
5/71 240z, HLS30-31306, mostly stock, ZTherapy SU's, Pertronix, Eibach ProKit, KYB, Poly bushings, 60 amp alternator w/Dave's plug bypass, headlight and parking light harness upgrades.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:58 PM
1971 240Z - 12/70 HLS30-17821
1972 240Z given away, then went to crusher
1983 280ZXT sold to finance 1970
1992 Chevy Shortbox K1500
1999 BMW R1100GS
Rust Never Sleeps
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