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Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:59 pm
by Hefeweizen
I am not advertising, just curious if any of you bought this leather dash cover and how it worked out?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/351531396889?ul_noapp=true

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:40 pm
by Hefeweizen
Forgot to mention that the ones they sell to the US are made for LHD

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:46 pm
by wogden700
I'd be interested in something like that. My original Dash is in great shape but has two small cracks just starting. I'd like to protect it with something to prevent those from growing. I wonder how good it looks. It could look great it could look janky.

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:08 am
by emac
Hello, new to this forum. I just purchased an 87 m6 that has leather dash issues and was wondering if anyone has used the ebay leather cover. I am not concerned with removing the dash, as I replaced the dash on an e28 m5 and dont recall it being too bad. Thank you.

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:44 pm
by bpoliakoff
Lot of talk on various forums over the years about leather dash issues namely shrinkage. However almost all of them have had the dashes recovered by local upholstery shops which would seem to me to be the way to go and also make sure it was fitted good and proper

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:47 am
by 635sharknose
I am working on a project with this eBay dash cover.
I choosed to turn the dash into a Highline / L6 model as I am also changing the rest of the car from type 2 US to type 3 Highline.
You can however also buy a cover for type 2.
You can see the progress I am making on this forum. I am not ready yet but have done some work already.
It's not an easy job, please be aware.

The Google translate (from Dutch to English) link:
https://translate.google.com/translate? ... shboard%2F

The original link:
https://bmwe24.nl/forum/topic/project-l ... dashboard/

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:30 pm
by emac
That looks great! I just picked up a used dash that I am going to restore with leather and then swap with my original leather dash that is warped. The warping seems to come from the leather shrinking. Same as you I am going to fill in the coin tray. A few questions if you have time:

- My original dash is a gray color that matches the rest of the interior, if yours is a similar gray do you recall what color you used from J-T? I am going to try and get some swatches from them.

- Did you completely remove the vent system? I had to remove mine to repair a few cracks in the plastic. What product did you use to reseal the vent to the dash? It is some kind of heavy duct mastic duct sealer.

- Would you consider doing a closely matching vinyl for durability?

I used bondo to fill in cracks, and will look for the foam you used to fill in the coin tray. What is the mounting kit you described? I didnt understand that.

Thank you, I think I am going to let a pro do the install and decide on buying a pre cut cover or make it himself. Thanks.

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:20 pm
by 635sharknose
Thanks Emac. Sure I am willing to share the experiences I have had.

I have used the leather with colour no. 60, this is black/grey.
They offer a lot of colours though. You can order samples through eBay.

I only removed the vents (3 on top and the adjustable ones). I did not remove the channels. So I had no issues with resealing the vents.

As far as I know the covers are not available in vinyl, only in leather. Why would you choose vinyl over leather? To extend the lifetime, I will protect it against the sun as good as possible. We do not have that much sun here so protecting it will not be that difficult. :|

Google translate translated the words incorrectly I see. To fill up the coin tray, I used expanding foam. I closed the remaining holes with assembly adhesive and used bondo to make the surface smooth.

If you are trying yourself, good luck, feel free to ask if you have any questions during the work.

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:16 am
by emac
Thanks, I am probably going to go with leather as that is the right way to do it. Plus, I dont plan on this car spending much time in the sun. I ordered a few samples, I didnt see #60 but I am going to see how 10 and 11 match.

When I started this, I was looking at $2500 for Just dashes to redo in vinyl, but it has come full circle and thanks to people on here I picked up a used dash with cracks for next to nothing. With a day of cleaning up and bondo it is looking like its going to turn out really nice for a decent cost. I will keep you posted on it goes. Thanks again.

Re: Leather Dash Cover

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:11 pm
by 635sharknose
Sounds good Emac, very curious how it turns out!
It is quite a fun job, seeing that cracked up dash getting back in shape.

The prices for used mint dashboards are very high. And then still, who gives you the guarantee that it will not crack during or just after the install. They are all over 30 years old.