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New approach to dash board repair/restoration?

Post by Hefeweizen » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:37 pm

New approach to dash board repair/restoration! There were so many attempts to fix the cracked dash board on the 635CSi
(or other cars for that matter). A lot of the unsuccessful attempts involved solid fillers (like JB Weld, Bondo, etc) which do fill but also crack later since they harden and the dash board shifts in the car during driving. This has been keeping my mind busy for quite some time. First time I thought about that when I got my first 6er (Elise) and it had a cracked dash board of course. Back then I put some liquid gasket maker into the crack but that did not do the trick for me since the color was black and the dash color was faded black ergo the "cracks"were still visible. Elise changed back to her previous owner and I dismissed the idea with the dash. Now I have to add that Fritz did have a cracked dash (and brown) but I got a dash cap and the point was moot. Not too long ago I saw Elise's dash again and also had exposure to Flex Seal Spray Rubber Sealant Coating. This should adhere to the plastic cover on the dash as well as the rubber of the liquid gasket material. Below are some pictures. Let's keep in mind that this was a test and now I have the dash sitting in the side yard (exposed to the elements) to see how durable this solotion really is. If you decide to do it and put it back in the car and it works out great let me know.


http://house-calls.us/Dash
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Re: New approach to dash board repair/restoration?

Post by dwcains » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:24 pm

Interesting idea, but maybe not the most durable. For at least a decade or more, the cheap and durable fix used by Ala Spider/GTV owners has been pickup truck bed liner. It has to be, by design, one of the most durable coatings a consumer can get their hands on, it's cheap, and easy to apply.
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Re: New approach to dash board repair/restoration?

Post by Hefeweizen » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:17 am

Don't really know how durable this is. However, total cost was around $20 so there is no big loss.
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