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Old 07-29-2013, 12:24 PM
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Maristar Dash Restoration

I just wanted to share some information on my dash restoration. I ordered the replacement decals from Garzon Studios (same place that makes the Capacity Stickers) and I rewrapped my panels Saturday.

I measured and layed out my dash panels in AutoCad and sent them the files, they were not able to convert the drawings directly but they scaled their layout to match what I sent them. I also scanned some Bubinga wood vinyl that I sent them for the wood grain, originaly I was hoping I could wrap the dash with the vinyl then have white letters cut out and apply those but I could not find any shops that could make letters that small.

This is what I recieved from them:


I wish I had spent more time sanding and filling any imperfections in my old dash panels, they show thru the vinyl some:


After installing gauges the roughness is not as noticable:



I hope this gives someone some ideas of what can be done, the guy at Garzon's said he redid some of the woodgrain in his car after talking with me.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:28 PM
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Before:


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Before:


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What my dash should have looked like:
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I think they turned out great!
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Fantastic job. Looks great
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MInd if I ask what they charged you to make the set?
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MInd if I ask what they charged you to make the set?
I think he charged around $70 but that was with me doing all the layout and sending them to him. I'm happy with the job he did, I'm just concerned that I might not have prepped the original dash well enough and it might come loose. Time will tell.

I'd talk to them or find a local graphic place that can print on white.

Hope it helps,
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That looks awesome! I have to do something w/ my x-30 dash (basically the same as yours, but aluminum) .. any tips on taking the dash apart? I started to look at it and didn't know where to start.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:43 PM
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That looks awesome! I have to do something w/ my x-30 dash (basically the same as yours, but aluminum) .. any tips on taking the dash apart? I started to look at it and didn't know where to start.
Frank nailed it with his great explanations.

I only have a few thing to add. Remove the vertical carpeted panel where your feet go, this will give you more room to get your head in there so you can see what you're doing and be comfortable while you're doing it (maybe even grab an old pillow to prop your head up, like Frank said you could be there a while). I was in a hurry when I did mine, it was cold and the carpet was wet so I didn't spend as much time checking things out as I should have. Like Frank said, I removed the whole panel (removed the steering wheel assembly) but if I were to do it again I would remove the individual wood grain panels that are held in my the wing nuts not the whole assembly.

Take your time and look for the factory connectors, these will help you remove groups of wires. I took a lot of bad angle digital pictures that help when I was reassembling the dash but I did not get every wire so I was scratching my head some. When I had it apart I also added a few extra connectors so if I had to remove it again it would be easier to remove. Napa sell connectors, like flat trailer wire connectors, in varying numbers of wires.

I hope that helps, it's not a hard or difficult job just take your time and either mark everything well or take a lot of good clear photos or both!!

I started to panic when I reassembled mine when I was looking at all the wires and did not know where they all went.

The other thing is when you have the dash panels out there are a lot of wires you have to remove from the gauges so take a lot of pics of the wires there also!!!

Hope that helps,
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