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  1. I want to vinyl paint my dash pad, glove box door, and center console interior of my 1978 280z the same brown, burnt orange, ginger color that the door cards, seats and rear panels currently are. Has anyone tried this? I dont want to reupholster. I am planning on doing it myself. I have looked at SEM Vinyl paint and there is a color code 15033 Saddle Tan that kinda looks similar. Anyone have a spot on color code or name? I have attached pics of my interior for referrence. with gratitude, @insta_datsun
  2. A while back I purchased a restored 1978 280Z. The car looks great, inside and out, except for a poorly installed full face dash cap. The cap fits well, except in the area around the trip odometer reset and dimmer control knobs, where it gaps by almost ¾ inch. In fact, it fits so poorly that you can’t even install the two knobs. This has been bothering me ever since I received the car, so last week I thought I'd remove the existing cap, prep the dash properly and install a new one. I had no problem removing the old cap, as the double sided tape used to install it had long since lost its grip. The dash was in bad shape as I expected, but I really couldn’t find any reason why the old cap fit so poorly. In particular, I couldn’t find anything that would keep the cover from conforming to the area around the odometer and dimmer knobs. I cleaned everything up and purchased a new cap from Accu-Form (the old one was manufactured by, Palco). When I received the new cap, it looked nearly identical to the old one and in fact the part numbers were even the same, 303D. When I went to install it, not too surprisingly, it fit, or didn’t fit, nearly identical to the original. Just like the original, it fit perfectly everywhere, except around the odometer and dimmer knobs. I’ve had the cap on and off a dozen, or more times and I can’t figure out what’s wrong. From what I can see, no amount of trimming or finessing is going to help. It’s almost like the cap isn’t formed correctly. I did some research and it appears that some of the older Accu-Form molds may have come from Palco. I’m starting to wonder if there may be a problem with the 280Z mold that Palco and Accu-Form are using. If there is anyone who has recently purchased / installed a full dash cap on a ’78 280Z, I’d be interested in how it fit, or what you had to do to make it fit. Also, I’d be curious who the manufacturer was and where you purchased it. I’d like to try a cap from a different manufacturer, as I suspect that Palco and Accu-Form used the same mold, but as far as I can tell, Accu-Form is the only company still producing full coverage dash caps for the 280Z. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks.
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