TIPEC

The TIPEC Forum
It is currently Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:57 pm
Asset Trust


All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:10 pm
Posts: 26
Location: Rainham, Kent
TIPEC membership: 0
After getting such a successful response to my last thread which had me stumped for some while I thought I’d ask this as well.

Some have huge cracks, some have small cracks but it seems as though the famous square dash is renouned for cracking and unfortunately mine has cracked like something awful. Grand Canyon does spring to mind.

What are the repair options with the cracked dashes? I have had an eye out on the famous auction site and I have seen only one that was worth putting in a car and unfortunately that one was north of £600.

Is it possible to repair these at home? I’ve seen some threads of dash repair in America where the dash material is removed, repaired with some sort of dash bondo and recovered. However having searched in the uk I can’t seem to find any of the items I’d need to repair a dash, truth be told I don’t actually know what I’m looking for which probably doesn’t help!

Is it possible to repair a very cracked square dash and if so what’s the best method to go around it?

Thanks for any help in advance.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:04 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
Site Admin

Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 5417
Location: Rochester, Kent
TIPEC membership: 911
Plenty of dash covers on afore mentioned site.

_________________
Chairman/Advertising/Events

Join the Club

Simply Porsche Show

Silver 1989 911 Speedster
Midnight Blue 2004 996 C4S Cab
Tahoe Blue 1990 964 C2
Zenith Blue 1998 Boxster (winter project)Sold
Guards Red 1992 944 S2 Cab gone but not forgotten
Italian Red Jaguar XF


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:48 am
Posts: 1682
Location: West Essex
TIPEC membership: 0
Have a read

https://www.frost.co.uk/how-to-repair-a ... ash-filler

_________________
Cobalt Blue 968 Coupe 1992


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:07 am
Posts: 62
TIPEC membership: 0
..or buy a new remanufactured one...https://translate.google.co.uk/translat ... rev=search - go to shop

_________________
1984 924 N/A Ruby Red \Metallic
1986 924S Guards Red
1988 924S Guards Red - sold
1984 924 N/A Black - sold
1980 924 N/A Le Mans#1
1980 924 N/A Le Mans#2 - sold
1977 924 N/A Martini - sold


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:03 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Posts: 17
TIPEC membership: 0
Im currently installing a werk924 one in mine now. In fact the first rhd brown one they have sold.
Colour match and grain pattern is perfect.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:27 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:10 pm
Posts: 26
Location: Rainham, Kent
TIPEC membership: 0
Thanks very much for the replies.

The problem with the dash covers is that the extend of the cracks in my dash are pretty phenomenal, for example it’s cracked above the dials and lost a lot of its shape and this would be clearly visible through a dash cover.

Thank you for the link to the reproduction dashboards, they certainly look decent but at nearly €700 it’s a bit more than I’m prepared to pay at the moment.

I have found a foam dash repair guide which I’m eager to have a go at, so I will now try to locate a spare square dash and update with how the repair goes.

Thanks again.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:33 pm
Posts: 287
Location: Maidstone
TIPEC membership: 4098
Hi there.

I recovered my dash last year. I bought some stretchy vinyl from Woolies and applied this by stretching and using a hot air gun. I repaired the cracks with bumper repair filler and sanded the whole dash to get a good key. I used a good contact adhesive and applied this over small areas at a time. I started in the centre and worked out to either end. It took me a whole day.

The material only stretches in one plane so when you cut it out, cut your pattern at 45 degrees to the stretch direction.

If I can find them, I will post up some pictures of the process. By the way, I removed the dash from the car to recover it.

David


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:32 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:10 pm
Posts: 26
Location: Rainham, Kent
TIPEC membership: 0
Thank you very much for that indeed david. It’s confirmed it is possible. I would be very interested in seeing some photos of how it’s come out.

Did you remove the current vinyl skin from the dash or did you do the repairs on top of this? I will have to have a little google and try to find the material you used. What contact adhesive did you use? I’ve read some can melt and fail after some time.

Thanks.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Cracked Dash Repair Options.
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:04 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:33 pm
Posts: 287
Location: Maidstone
TIPEC membership: 4098
Hi,

Don't take the original vinyl off. Cut the cracks into a v section and fill with the bumper filler. Sand whole surface with a medium grit sandpaper (dry). I only recovered down to the swag line. When you start with the adhesive (at the centre line), only apply light stretch. You will need max stretch and heat when you get to the reversed curves at the end.

Woolies phone no is 01778 347347. If you ring them and tell them what you want to do, they will send you swatches so that you can match up the colour and grain. They will advise you on adhesive (I can't remember what I used but I know that I bought it locally).

FYI, I bought 2 metres of expanded vinyl- Brown, cat no 25 - BR which cost me about £45. Another tenner for the glue.

Tricky bits are the ends where they fold back against the door shut. This is hidden when the doors are shut. Also, it is very difficult to get a good finish in the demist vents. I was lucky that a previous owner had fitted vent trims so that I could hide this area.

Struggling to upload pics on here, if you pm me you email address, l will have a go at sending them to you direct.

David


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 27 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group