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Pretty much have finished my dash resto and I am happy. I used the NAPA repair stuff and finished color was duplicolor vinyl black. The duplicolor has a lot of shine so I should only have to wipe off with rag when it gets dusty. Only thing I wish I did better was the sems texture paint. Don't try outside if there is any wind since you have to hold 20" from the object your painting. I was able to sand it until it looked pretty uniform. I will happy if it does't crack and if it does it will be cover time. I spent a lot of time polishing the chrome and I was pleasantly suprised how well the chrome came back to life. Use some 00steel wool and you will be amazed how well you can get the finish back. I also polished all the gauge plastic. Here are some pics

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Okay, this has about convinced me to repair mine rather than cap. I already bought the cap, so it might be on Ebay soon if this works. These dashes look amazing. I expect this method should work well for dash modifications too, not that I have any planned unless my Carputer will require...

nice work, it's almost 3 years since that original repair and so far so good, I'm sold.

Phar

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I have 4 260z dashes here. I'm going to cap the dash in my car for now and try this on the spares I have. Can't wait to see the results.

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I don't know if this will work on dashes,But it worked great on repairing a few consoles and a lot of ashtrays.After filling the holes and cracks with JB weld I bought some silly putty and flattened it out while a little warm,then laid on flat part of console.I rolled it out until it left a good impression of texture and put in refrigerator until it became stiff.When the JB weld was almost hard I pressed the silly putty firmly but evenly over area I was working on for a few seconds and evenly lifted it back off.It left a perfect texture look.After the JBweld hardened I used the correct paint to match.It has been a couple years and I can't tell where it was repaired.I don,t know why this won't work on a dash? Ronnie

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Someone wanted to know how it held up? I can tell you.........beautiful 'cause I now own the car that Bruce fixed. I didn't even know it had been done! Great job Bruce....just like the entire resto you did on the rest of the car. Guy
The dash is still "as new". No problems at all......the car is kept in a temp controlled garage....that may not be a good test lab vs. a car left outside. Bruce did an awesome job and an awesome thread. Guy

Guy,

Bruce really did a remarkable restoration job with your '70 and I'm glad to hear the dash repair that he did (that started this great thread) is holding up so well. I really like the new wheels you put on the car and I also like what you and your Dad have done with the '71 car. I'm not sure if Bruce ever told you the story when he rescued the '70 from the Arizona desert or if you ever read the old thread, but it's a great story:

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21629

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I was ready to put the final coats of paint on my restored dash and I turned my back after wiping it down with cleaner and it fell off the work bench. LOL. It didn't crack in the same place but in three new places. Very small hairline cranks. It was looking amazing to. I was so excited to be almost finished.

Well I guess I start over...

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Steve....Thanks so much for pointing out that thread.....Bruce did an incredible job of restoration....he didn't cut any corners! Bruce is also an incredible person ( I still stay in touch ) The car is absolutely beautiful and has won 1st at every show I've entered it in! Ask Fred (PIZZAMAN). He's a national judge and knows his stuff. I did build a modified L-28 engine for it ( it really hauls the freight now ), but saved the beautiful original engine that Bruce had built. Wait till you see the finished product on the 71 I'm restoring now. It will be be equally impressive. Thanks again Guy.... By the way...I'm the Dad

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31001

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25643

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Guy,

Yes, your '70 is truly an incredible car and I'm not surprised that she takes 1st place in every show you've entered her! From a neglected old car baking in the Arizona desert (see pics below) to multiple award winner, she certainly has come a long ways! I'm sure Bruce is also proud of her as well. I saw your thread with the pictures of the L28 -you did an incredible job -the engine looks absolutely beautiful and I'm sure that it runs great too. I look forward to seeing the pics of you '71 product once it's finished.

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Steve.....Thanks for all of your kind words.......Bruce gets credit for this resto.....wait till you see the 71......it'll blow you away....I'll take credit for that one.

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Does anyone know how he restored the wood steering wheel??? In the pictures of Bruce's car (I think the green one) the steering wheel looks brand new along with the dash... I'm curious to know the steps of making the wheel look as good as new with the very bright red/brown glossy finish.... -Thanks --Dan

71 240z, 72 240z, 72 240z. 2000 tacoma and one very understanding girlfriend...

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DHunt592: The steering wheel IS NOT wood, but a resin that is painted to look like wood, so good it fools everybody. Search 'steering wheel restoration', several good threads.

Bonzi Lon

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I must agree BD

It looks SWEEEEEET! Patience and a little craftmanship can go a long way. I have several dashes in various stages of wear so I can have a few practice tosses. Thank you for sharing the pics. I live in Florida so I will be tested by both heat and humidity. I am thinking of using a few dowels to connect and strengthen the area to be repaired.

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DHunt592: The steering wheel IS NOT wood, but a resin that is painted to look like wood, so good it fools everybody. Search 'steering wheel restoration', several good threads.

Bonzi Lon

Not this again!

It's not painted to look like wood:

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15600&highlight=kats+wood+steering+wheel

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I'm in the process of attempting this procedure myself. However, now that I have my dash out, I've noticed a particularly weak spot above the center of the three small gauge slots. If I were to use flexible bumper repair below the dash foam and reinforce with a fiberglass square or two, taking up about a 3" by 3" area, would that be an effective means of protection?

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Been a long time since I posted or been on this site. But this looks quite interesting. And I may give it a go, sometime in the near future. I own 4 280zx's. And I plan to fix them all up. Thanks for the detailed pics, and information.

I am currently getting my '82 slicktop running, and roadworthy. Just still have some minor things to do to it. I have a fuel dumping problem, and still need to troubleshoot. I am sure I can get it figured out.

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I am in the process of putting in a new dash in my '78 and I would really like to replace the old AC Duct-Work with fresh new stuff. Does anyone have a lead where I could get a complete set? Please let me know!

I have been looking at old school breather hoses from the parts store, and they would work if I wrapped them with insulation. The problem is finding the smaller 1 inch hose to the floor area...

I plan to post pictures of the process.

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I recently repaired the dash in my '71 using the process initially described in this thread. I started by repairing the deepest cracks with fiberglass. I then filled the cracks and low spots with the spray foam and cut it down with a hacksaw. I began covering the cracks with the SEM bumper repair epoxy, but soon ran out. Too many cracks! I switched to the NAPA bumper repair kit.

In my experience, I'd say the NAPA epoxy is easier to work with. The NAPA epoxy has a slower cure time, which allowed me to mix up bigger batches and cover more of the cracks at a time. Both products seem to provide a similar flexible coat when cured.

I ended up spraying the dash with Duplicolor truck bed liner. It provided a grainy finish with a nice semi-gloss finish. There was no need to spray it with the SEM trim black afterwards. I think it turned out pretty good!

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Outstanding. After all is said and done I'm sure you saved over $750 from what the "pros" charge. You'll have a lot more pride in your result then from writing a check.

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That really looks great Kenny! It looks like you have achieved a very nice textured finish, that suits the car just fine. Even the guys spending the big bucks for proffesional recovering cannot get the texture exactly like the original. I have been considering doing mine before reinstalling it in the car. I don't have any cracks yet but looking closely, I can see where its only a matter of time, likely after the car is back on the road. Looking at a successful repair like yours, makes me feel better about attempting it myself. Thanks for the pics!

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Wow Kenny! Spectacular. I get updates on this thread via email which previews the text but doesn't show pictures... well when I read 'Duplicolor truck bedliner' I was like, Geez what a bad idea. But boy was I wrong! That looks great and I can't wait do mine. Thanks for posting!

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Excellent Kenny!

I'm assuming that the truck bed liner has more UV blockers since it's for exterior so that should wear really well and resist sun better than OEM.

Do you think you'll have a problem with cracking since it's on a flexible dash as opposed to a metal truck bed?

Looks like you used the spray can and not the roller from the evenness of the finish.

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Thanks for the comments, everyone. Barring any direct blows to the dash, I think it will hold up well. I did use the spray can version of the Duplicolor truck bed liner and it went on kind of thick. Plus, I broke off quite a bit of the top of the dash by tapping with a hammer. The old vinyl was almost like an eggshell and it didn't take much pressure to crack it and peel it off.

After I repaired all the cracks with the foam and bumper repair epoxy I initially sprayed it with the SEM texture, but wasn't happy with the way it turned out. I followed the directions and held the can 18" inches or so from the surface, but it went on real dry and most of the texture rubbed off. So I sanded the dash back down and sprayed the bed liner on. The bed liner route also saves a step, as it has a nice semi-gloss black finish that looks good for the dash. Thus, there is no need to spray it with the SEM trim black.

Maybe with a bit more practice I could get the SEM texture to work. I'll be repairing another dash for my '73 240Z V8 project. :)

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