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Old 04-25-2011, 10:53 AM
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Dashboard Renovation

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.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:54 AM
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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.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:56 AM
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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.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:56 AM
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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.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:57 AM
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ok... sorry, something in this thread is weird... didn't see past the fist pic! Nice work.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:06 AM
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That looks great!!!!
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:14 AM
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Wow, well done!!
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:45 AM
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:49 AM
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that looks really good.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:23 PM
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Very cool. Good feeling to DIY eh?
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