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hinch
04-25-2011, 11:53 AM
So we have been restoring an 88 Prostar that we picked up at the end of last year. One of the biggest issues was what to do with the dashboard. It was missing part of a side, cracked everywhere, and severely faded. I looked around everywhere for a replacement dash, but they are nowhere to be found. I started doing some research and decided to fix it myself.

Below see the dash in its original beat up state.

hinch
04-25-2011, 11:54 AM
Next I went out and bought the supplies I needed:
Gorilla Glue
1 can spray foam
3M Plastic Bumper Repair
1 can Plasti Dip spray

I started by gluing together all the cracks and splits on the dash. I clamped everything together and let the glue dry. After it was dry I simply scraped/cut off anything that had oozed out. Next was on to the missing side.

For the side, I simply sprayed the foam around the missing area, letting it expand and fill in the space I needed. After about 8 hours of drying I trimmed the foam away to the basic shape that I needed for that side.

chawk610
04-25-2011, 11:56 AM
The next step was to fill in all the cracks and to fill the air pockets the foam had left. For this I used an epoxy that is designed for bumpers on cars. You should be able to find this at any auto parts store. It is similar to bondo, but has more flexibility. I mixed up the epoxy and spread it over the cracks and the new foam. You let this dry for about an hour, quickly sand it down, and repeat until you have what you are looking for.

hinch
04-25-2011, 11:56 AM
After you are done with the sanding, its time to clean it up and get it ready to paint. Simply rub it down with some rubbing alcohol. And finally start spraying it with the Plasti Dip. This product is great. Itís a light rubber coating that goes on from the spray can. And if you messed things up, this can be pealed off and you can start over again. Do a search on google and you will find many ways people have used this stuff. We also added some new rocker switches when we were done. Below are the finished pics.

chawk610
04-25-2011, 11:57 AM
ok... sorry, something in this thread is weird... didn't see past the fist pic! Nice work.

jraben8
04-25-2011, 12:06 PM
That looks great!!!!

Table Rocker
04-25-2011, 12:14 PM
Wow, well done!!

Bouyhead
04-25-2011, 12:45 PM
Nice job!!

aquaman
04-25-2011, 12:49 PM
that looks really good.

Monteluna
04-25-2011, 01:23 PM
Very cool. Good feeling to DIY eh?

jconover
04-25-2011, 01:28 PM
Question for you: My dash has been screwed together 6 ways from sunday to keep it together. How many screws are in the original dash, and where are they located? I see two at the top above the speedos. Others?

Bouyhead
04-25-2011, 01:37 PM
If I'm not mistaken it's just four screws that hold on the dash.

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hinch
04-25-2011, 02:39 PM
Yup...mcantamessa is correct...there should only be the 4 screws

thatsmrmastercraft
04-25-2011, 02:59 PM
Nice job on the repair and the write-up. This kind of effort really helps for so many others who are contemplating this same job.:toast:

Patrick Hardy
04-25-2011, 03:02 PM
Great job...to the head of the class for you!

Tealchevy
04-25-2011, 06:29 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/CrimePaysVideo/IMG_3614.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/CrimePaysVideo/IMG_3615.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/CrimePaysVideo/IMG_3616.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/CrimePaysVideo/IMG_3620-1.jpg

87MCProstar
06-17-2011, 11:09 AM
Wow,
What a search find. We need to take this project up in the late Fall since our dash is falling apart as well! glad I found this, now I feel confident enough to tackle this project.

getoutside2play
06-22-2011, 11:10 PM
How is it holding up so far? I have an '87 with a lot of cracks and like your idea.

hinch
06-24-2011, 09:53 AM
So far its been holding up great. I'm heading to the lake this weekend so I'll take some pics.

hinch
07-19-2011, 09:52 AM
Here are some pics of the dash from this past weekend. Its holding up real good. Compared with what it looked like before, i'm still happy with it.

87MCProstar
06-25-2013, 04:18 PM
A few years later hows the dash still holding up? Doing my has always been pushed to the far back burner

hinch
06-25-2013, 04:37 PM
Dash is still looking great. Its held up to the sun of the summers, plus sitting outside under the cover in the cold during the winters.

46Chief
06-25-2013, 09:52 PM
Nice restore! I'm brainstorming a couple things to try that plastic dip on.