Cracked dash pad repair

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by rover24, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. rover24

    rover24

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    I got tired of looking at a cracked dash so iI decided to fiberglass it. Not a hard job just a few hours of labor. Total cost about $40
    Not the greatest pics, but you will get the idea.

    The first 2 are the cracks. Third pic is the fiberglass layer.
    cracks.JPG cracks 2.JPG fibre.JPG
  2. rover24

    rover24

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    Here is the finished product without the brown paint. Going to finish it tomorrow.
    Next week I will be making a new center console. Taller than stock, closer to shifter and with front and rear cup holders and 12v outputs. Ill post up pics of that biuld when im through.
    1.JPG 2.JPG 3.JPG
  3. rover24

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    Oh, and by the way. If you go this route you can mould in gauge pods on top of the dash for extras. I did not because my budget is to tight to buy gauges now, hence not buying a dash pad.
  4. Spike Strip

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    Looks good... Like to see how the console looks, too. Nice work.
  5. alaska60

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    wow.............impressive work. That looks really good!
  6. srogers

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    That looks great
  7. 2sun62

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    Great job:cheers: cant wait to do mine...
  8. Heartworm

    Heartworm

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    Jeez, that's a great idea. Embellish the details on how this is done!
  9. saucebox

    saucebox Miscreant

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    x2. Just going from the small pics, that looks to be a pretty badass repair job.
  10. Benjaman

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    I like my crack!:D
  11. Beams37

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    Please post some simple instruction for those of us who have never done fiberglass work ... I'm ready to learn !!

  12. rover24

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    Will post up all the steps when I get home this evening. Thanks for all the compliments.
  13. TexasAgFJ60

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    that looks fantastic!
  14. the gimpey one

    the gimpey one

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    most definitely put up details!! I am in need of doing this also.
  15. rover24

    rover24

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    This is what I did

    1- cut out high spots in pad and clean with acetone or some type of wax and grease remover.
    2- lay out the fiberglass or in my case I used a fleece material(it's cheaper, easier to get). I used a 1/4" crown staple gun with 3/8 staple to secure the material on the underside, staple into the foam. Some of the sharp corners have to be cut and stapled into a seam.
    3- mix up fibreglass resin and coat entire surface until saturated.
    4- when dry, go around and trine edges with a dremel cutoff wheel. Then a rough sand whith 80 grit from the orbital sander.
    5- set the vent trim bezels back in(only the bezel, not the ball and housing).
    6- skim coat with bondo, entire surface. Run the bondo up to the bezels for a clean finish.
    7- sand bondo and re apply as needed. Finish sand to 180 grit. Some sanding needs to be done by hand to make the round areas smooth.
    8- I sprayed a coat of primer, then textured paint, like the metal finish rattle can to give it texture(not needed if you want it smooth)let dry over night
    9- paint with color( I used brown and then top coated with a flat clear.

    I will post up some pics tomorrow of it installed.To dark for pics now. It looks pretty much stock, thats what I was going for. I found a brown rattle can at home depot that matches the factory brown really close.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  16. 87CRUSR

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    Excellent work!
  17. Chick-fil-A Cruiser

    Chick-fil-A Cruiser

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    Rover,

    Summerville Class of 93! Go Greenwave!

    This is a really nice job. Any chance you have any hi res photos you could send or photos of it once installed?

    Great work!
  18. code 621

    code 621

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    What is this fleece material you speak of?
  19. Crelok

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    smicko work there chief::

    how did you coat the fibreglass??

    marine or car fibreglass??
  20. fjdemon

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    Wow, nice, good work

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