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Restoring Dash

Posted: Fri Jul 28th, 2006 8:32
by canoehenge
Can anyone tell me how best to restore the faux wood grain finish on the metal dash?

dash graining

Posted: Sat Jul 29th, 2006 10:15
by p18plywood
Hi again:
You have at least three choices for grained dashes. First you could look for a better one from a parts car, but honestly I don't see these come along very often. Secondly you can have it professionally regrained. It will look good but cost big money. My favorite, if your dash isn't too far gone, is to touch it up and clear coat. First remove the dash and strip everything off of it. Very carfully wet sand the entire surface with #600 or finer paper to get it clean and smooth but don't cut through the color. Now get a can of mahogany latex stain or some acrylic paints and with a tiny brush touch up the little pits in the painted surface. This works well if you have lots of tiny blister in the finish, not large bare areas. Let it dry a day and clear coat with 3M acrylic emanel. I did this on mine and it looks cherry.
One other possibilty, check out Ed McEwen regrained a dash and it looks pretty good. He explains how he did it.

Posted: Tue Aug 1st, 2006 8:29
by canoehenge
Thanks for the info. It was most helpful. I will most probably try this technique during my restoration. I am fortunate in having a P18 with a solid body.