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Old 05-17-2014, 07:27 PM
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Post Cracked dashpad recovering tutorial/ How-to...

Well about a month or so I ago was looking around the forum looking for -little walk-through tutorial/how-to on recovering the often ill-fated dashpad in our trucks after many failed trips to the junkyard trying to find a good one. I couldn't find anything so I took it upon myself to be the guinea pig and am pretty stoked with the results.

Just FYI I am not a pro, this my first time attempting something like this so if I can do it so can you.

STEP 1: TOOLS/SUPPLIES
- Scraper to ease removal of old molded vinyl/plastic
- Scissors AND razor (your gonna want both)
- Spray adhesive I talked with the local auto upholstery shop and explained what I was doing he recommended the "Loctite high performance" brand and told me to stay away from 3M I dunno why thats just what he said...
- Desired fabric (Not pictured)I used small perforated cloth backed vinyl again recommended by local auto upholsterer..er..guy not only did it match my door panels he said its good for high UV areas.



STEP 2: Start laying down your fabric
- I recommend starting in the middle and working away from your radio area (that's the hard part)



Take your time on this part. spray both the dash pad and the fabric and make sure it lays down flat. You get about 2 min of working time before the glue is set. Only lay the fabric on the top of the foam pad DO NOT go over the edges or around corners yet.

Step 3: Going Around the Radio bezel

I forgot to take pictures of this part partly because my figures had glue on them and partly because I was excited.

Start by doing a dry run pushing your fabric into the crease (it will bunch up don't worry about it). When you do this it will give you a good idea on where to make a relief cut. do it 2 or 3 times so your sure that's where its gunna be, use your thumbs to roll the fabric in. you can mark it or eyeball it and then make the relief cut with your scissors. then spray the glue and repeat for other corner.

Step 4: Edges
After the whole top and radio bezel are done and glued in the you can start working your way around the edges. I was able to go around the whole edge only making 2 relief cuts. just use your thumbs and roll the edges keeping the fabric tight.



Step 5: Trim and DONE!

After all your corners and edges are wrapped (overlapping about 1/2" on the back) trimoff excess fabric with a razor (way easier than scissors). And you are done turn it over and check out your handy work. NOT TO SHABBY, see I knew you could do it!





Thanks for reading. If you have any questions feel free to message me on here and I'll help the best I can.
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Thank you for the information. I looked at my tonight. The part you recovered is all that is needed. The rest is fine. You have given me inspiration to cover the dash and fix the glove box.

Why did you go with the perforated vinyl?
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Great how to! This should be stickied
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Totally forgot to mention the most important part!

Step -1: Remove dash pad

Remove glove box and stereo. there are (6) six bolts on the backside of the dash pad. easy as that it is out.
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Great how to! This should be stickied
I agree how do you nominate a thread to be stuck?
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Great info and write-up!! Thank you!

Question for you... Approximately how much did it cost for the materials? Any idea how that compares to buying a replacement dash panel?

Thanks again! Glad this was stickied.
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