Cracked Dash Repair

Today was definitely the day for "Blue". I worked on 3 different blue interiors today which is kinda unusual. It's weird like that though. I'll go for weeks and not have one blue interior and then Bam all at once I'll get them all in one day. The last blue one I worked on today was a 1980 Mercedes 450sl. The dash was cracked from

the defrost vent up, above the instrument cluster, then another crack on the side of the hump above the cluster. I wish I had pictures but just didn't think, sorry.

Let me put it to you this way if we could have pulled the windshield we would have, it was not in a great spot. There's only about 3 inches from the top of the dash to the windshield. When things get that tight it's almost impossible to yield a perfect fix. You'll have problems from not having enough room to sand or the worst is getting the job almost done and not having enough room to dye the area without dyeing the windshield too. But luckily this turned out a lot better then I had anticipated. I had just enough room to sand and just enough room to lay a good coat of dye, with the exception of down inside the lip of the vent, here I took a small sponge brush and brushed the dye on. You will find that when you brush dye on it will have a little different sheen to it then if it were to be sprayed on, so top coat with a clear when done to even this effect out.

When I started this dash repair the edges of the crack were curled up slightly and in one spot it was raised up about an inch. The way I usually would fix this would be to trim this off. But I thought I would try something first and see if it would work. I took a matching grain pad, basically for protection from the hot vinyl, and heated the curled and raised areas up then pressed the grain pad into the areas pushing them down and leveling them out. I just kept heating and molding the areas until I was satisfied. It worked really well. I was able to level the area out which gave me a level crack to fill.

I then sanded the cracks with a 120 grit sandpaper about an inch all the way around. This is prep for the next step which is something I've talked about before. It's one of the best products I have found for repairing cracked dashes. It's called Padded Dash Filler by Urethane Supply Company. Now these guys know a few things when it comes to plastics. I have never been disappointed with Urethane Supply Company's products and the Padded Dash Filler is no different. It spreads like butter and sets up really fast... I like fast.

After I sanded the area around the cracks I prepped with my prepping solution and then mixed up me a batch of Padded Dash Filler. Now I use a little different catalyst then what they send, I think they give you the red stuff in the little tube (the catalyst). I use the blue stuff, it's a little "hotter" then the red. But if your just starting out using the filler then use the red, it takes a little longer to set up but you can work with it a little longer. Mix up small amount at a time, I usually use a glob of filler about the size of a shooter marble with a pea size of catalyst. I mix it on a piece of 4"x4" smooth tile, it's small enough to hold and cleans up nicely with a razor blade so you can use it over and over again.

Basically your first coat of Padded Dash Filler will be a rough fill, meaning don't worry about getting it perfect. I'll sometimes lay about 3 to 4 coats before I happy. The whole idea is to get your repair as level and smooth as possible, the texture comes after wards. I will use a 120 grit to start out with then graduate to a 240 then 400 if needed. This Mercedes was a hard one too, I actually used the reflection from the windshield to see the back side of the dash when I was sanding, not real fun.

The texture on this one I used the Sem Texture Coat. It's about the only way to get texture back into the repair area when using the filler. If I would of had more room I would have done my little trick with my grain pad. I was able to do it on the lower crack though. What I'm talking about is taking your grain pad and pressing the grain into the Sem Texture Coat. You can do this if you get the right amount of texture coat on and do it when the stuff is still soft. Try it out sometime it works pretty good, just wait until the texture coat flashes then press the grain pad into the texture coat "lightly", and you have a matching grain.

Now dyeing the repaired area was a booger.. to say the least, after I covered the windshield I realized how much room I didn't have to get my paint gun in. Thank God I use the paint gun I do, thisSharpe 7040 top trigger gun I use is small and has an adjustable cup so I was able to get it in where most guns I wouldn't have had a chance. Like I said I was able to get almost all the area covered with the spray but I had to sponge brush a small area along the defrost vent.

I top coated the dash with a low gloss clear when I was done and I was pretty happy with the repair. I wish I could have gotten a better grain into the area though, but you couldn't hardly tell because of where the repair was unless you got right up on it. My customer was happy so that was good.

I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my repairs, if I'm not happy with it then I know my customer won't be. I never try to settle for just good enough. This one I had to settle a little though, I just physically couldn't have made it better due to the amount of room I had to work with, grrr.

Cracked Dash Repair is one that can be frustrating but take your time and don't rush things. The Padded Dash Filler does take a little bit to set up, and getting your texture just right takes a little practice. Well I hope my little experience today gave you some ideas in doing a repair on a cracked dash and if you need anything don't forget to join my forum or just throw me a comment.

Later....Mike"TIG"

Comments

way. hilfiger online shop I—" coach handbags In broncos nfl jersey despair levi's jeans of ralph lauren her intelligence, nike free run 5.0 and guess outlet online in nba jerseys some michael kors purses doubt nike air yeezy of oakley his michael kors outlet own, bears nfl jersey George ray ban struck chiefs nfl jersey the nike air max 2014 palms ralph lauren outlet of cheap jordans his bills nfl jersey hands cheap clothes together. ralph lauren "Somebody mcm handbags else lunette oakley had long champ told oakley sunglasses cheap me soccer shoes what? rockets jersey I'd converse found what mcm handbags outlet out polo ralph lauren for oakley vault myself?" tommy hilfiger "How kate spade outlet online people beats by dr dre are jazz jersey talking buccaneers nfl jersey about pandora your grizzlies jersey mother." ugg Except nike air max for nike roshe the michael kors incidental hilfiger outlet teariness michael kors of michael kors bags her cheap mlb jerseys voice, kobe bryant jerseys her ray ban outlet tone louboutin uk was casual, nike roshe as dallas mavericks jerseys though she longchamp mentioned christian louboutin shoes a watches canada subject swarovski crystal previously cheap jerseys discussed and cowboys nfl jersey understood; michael kors for vans Fanny red bottoms had no swarovski canada doubt michael kors outlet online that jerseys from china George michael kors handbags had prada sunglasses only ray ban outlet online pretended cheap jerseys to ugg be new balance canada mystified ipad mini cases because, ray ban in ugg boots clearance his jordan pride, p90x he michael kors outlet online would coach purses factory not canada gooses in ralph lauren uk words jimmy choo outlet admit roshe runs that toms shoes he straightener knew burberry what patriots nfl jersey he knew. omega watches "What did oakley sunglasses outlet you indoor soccer shoes say?" huarache he puma sneakers asked nike Air Max Plaza incredulously. hollister "Of hogan course ugg I oakley sunglasses understood clippers jersey what michael kors taschen you supra shoes were pandora jewelry doing," burberry sale Fanny nike went omega watches on, tommy hilfiger drying uggs on sale her ralph lauren factory store handkerchief pandora uk again. new balance outlet "It ralph lauren polos puzzled bengals nfl jersey other five finger shoes people celine black friday when hogan outlet you north face jackets began toms shoes to longchamp outlet be coach factory outlet rude abercrombie kids to tory burch outlet Eugene, coach factory online because oakley black friday they cheap ray ban couldn't ferragamo see swarovski online how san antonio spurs jersey you air max could treat woolrich mens jackets him atlanta hawks jersey as nike huaraches you eagles nfl jersey did when longchamp outlet you tn pas cher were cavaliers jerseys so louboutin outlet interested nba jersey in wizards jersey Lucy. puma online But toms shoes I replica rolex remembered nike shoes outlet how you fake rolex came to raptors jersey me, cheap glasses that softball bats other adidas outlet time valentino when polo ralph there abercrombie was burberry outlet store so replica rolex much texans nfl jersey talk barbour outlet online about juicy couture outlet Isabel; kate spade bags and nike I thomas sabo knew giants nfl jersey you'd hollister give iphone 5 cases Lucy timberland shoes up in pandora schmuck a minute, oakley vault if ray ban sonnenbrillen it steelers nfl jersey came michael kors purses to abercrombie fitch a nike canada question north face of jordans your aktienkurse adidas mother's reputation, discount shoes because cheap true religion you barbour jackets said michael kors black friday then ralph lauren outlet online that—" north face "Look nfl jerseys here," asics gel George coach store interrupted uggs in a oakley sunglasses outlet shaking michael kors voice. ravens nfl jersey "Look north face here, ralph lauren online shop I'd hollister like—" He burberry handbags stopped, unable swarovski jewelry to coach black friday go coach outlet online on, jets nfl jersey his agitation asics was north face so ray ban outlet great. designer handbags His longchamp black friday chest air max heaved the north face as from charlotte hornets jerseys hard jordans running, and uggs outlet his longchamp handbags complexion, ray bans pallid new balance at tommy hilfiger first, prada handbags had abercrombie.com become true religion jeans men mottled; toms shoes fiery phoenix suns splotches appearing converse sneakers at polo ralph lauren his prada outlet temples coach handbags outlet and polo ralph lauren outlet online cheeks. adidas online "What cheap michael kors do roshe you hugo boss clothes mean lunette ray ban by jimmy choo shoes telling barbour jackets me—telling chi flat iron me cheap barbour jackets there's salomon talk calvin klein underwear about—about—" prada shoes He ralph lauren outlet online gulped, prada and louboutin outlet began michael kors handbags again: golden state warriors jerseys "What burberry outlet online do tory burch handbags you air max one mean toms shoes outlet by kate spade outlet online using ralph lauren such plein outlet words longchamp as giuseppe shoes 'reputation'? burberry handbags outlet What uggs black friday do falcons nfl jersey you rolex watches mean, burberry sale speaking air max 90 of burberry handbags a ray-ban sunglasses 'question' of chargers nfl jersey my—my mother's dolphins nfl jersey reputation?" oakley Fanny ray ban wayfarer looked nike.com up moncler jackets outlet at oakley sunglasses him woefully packers nfl jersey over orlando magic jersey the lacoste outlet online handkerchief bucks jersey which ugg she the north face outlet now kevin durant jersey applied to her giuseppe zanotti sneakers reddened eyeglasses stores nose. true religion "God knows nike I'm michael kors bags sorry true religion jeans women for occhiali oakley you, occhiali ray ban George," toms shoes outlet she air max murmured. givenchy handbags "I nike air max wanted to michael kors outlet say canada gooses outlet so, ferragamo shoes but ralph lauren black friday it's uggs on sale only reebok old abercrombie and fitch kids Fanny, roshe run so ed hardy whatever katespade she basketball shoes says—even when handbags outlet it's louboutin sympathy—pick cheap oakley sunglasses on her ray ban sunglasses for marc jacobs it! north face outlet Hammer tory burch shoes her!" tory burch handbags She versace clothes sobbed. cheap michael kors "Hammer coach black friday her! It's only michael kors poor seahawks nfl jersey old lonely hilfiger outlet Fanny!" hollisterco "You adidas outlet look omega here!" toms outlet George said rams nfl jersey harshly. chaussure timberland "When philadelphia 76ers jerseys I bcbg max spoke ray ban black friday to true religion outlet my timberwolves jersey Uncle George ray ban sunglasses outlet after ralph lauren that hollister rotten nike thing saints nfl jersey I ugg australia heard adidas Aunt mont blanc Amelia chi hair say coach outlet about ralph lauren polo my ugg boots mother, kings jersey he nike outlet said nike roche run if air force there was coach factory outlet online any converse shoes gossip swarovski it adidas was nike about you! mcm bags He lions nfl jersey said cheap true religion people beats audio might veneta be burberry sale laughing about cheap nike shoes the free run way oakley sunglasses you fossil uhren ran michael kors after moncler jackets Morgan, but air max that burberry was jaguars nfl jersey all." cheap mlb jerseys Fanny jordan jerseys lifted knockoff handbags her michael kors canada hands, brooklyn nets jersey clenched vans them, new orleans pelicans and struck ralph lauren outlet online them red bottom shoes upon ray ban sunglasses outlet her north face backpacks knees. coach outlet sale "Yes; ray ban it's tommy hilfiger always ray ban outlet Fanny!" air max 90 she sobbed. nike outlet store "Ridiculous michael kors bags old panthers nfl jersey Fanny—always, polo ralph lauren outlet always!" trail blazers jersey "You hollister co listen!" nike air max 2014 George said. hollister kids "After burberry outlet I'd mbt mens shoes talked cheap oakley sunglasses to marc jacobs Uncle nike air huarache George wedding dresses I hermes saw pandora you; burberry and you cheap michael kors said azcardinals nfl jersey I air jordans had handbags outlet a colts nfl jersey mean nike air max little converse mind denver nuggets jersey for hermes birkin bag thinking ralph lauren online there pacers jersey might michael kors handbags be air jordan retro truth mcm bags in armani shoes outlet what dsquared2 jeans Aunt browns nfl jersey Amelia barbour jackets said timberland outlet about burberry handbags outlet people michael kors handbags talking. juicy couture You denied redskins nfl jersey it. nike air max And cheap jerseys that cheap nhl jerseys wasn't coach outlet canada the mizuno running only nike outlet time; adidas you'd longchamp attacked northface me michael kors before adidas canada then, bottega veneta because ray ban I bcbg max azria intimated michaelkors.com that uggs Morgan dwyane wade jersey might be beats by dr dre coming mcm handbags here baseball bats too ray bans often. uggs You timberland boots made dre beats me titans nfl jersey believe instyler that cheap oakley mother pandora charms let vikings nfl jersey him thomas sabo come boston celtics entirely new balance on coach store online your celine bags account, horloges and nba jersey now insanity workout you cartier montres say—" cheap nhl jerseys "I nike mercurial think coach handbags he nike shoes did," toms.com Fanny cheap oakley sunglasses interrupted rolex replica desolately. ugg boots "I swarovski jewelry think uggs he nike free did air max 2015 come new balance shoes as 49ers nfl jersey much to raiders nfl jersey see vans shoes me salvatore ferragamo as burberry sale anything—for uggs outlet a nike free run while fendi bags it oakley sunglasses outlet looked oakley like knicks jersey it. babyliss pro Anyhow, he hermes bags liked oakley canada to michael kors handbags dance air jordan shoes with michael kors black friday coach bags