Dashboard restoration options

Ava92
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Dashboard restoration options

Postby Ava92 » Tue Apr 05, 2022 9:51 pm

Hey guys
Wondering if anyone has restored their dashboard somehow. Mine has the usual heat cracks, but isn't in horrible shape besides the 2 cracks.

I phoned a local "restoration specialist" who deal in car interiors, who told me that it was basically not possible. We deal with them a lot through my work, so I was surprised they wouldn't take it on.

Heard bad things about "Retrospec" but I see they offer a replacement dash that looks decent in their pic. (The normal one, not the carbon one)

has anyone successfully had their dash re-covered or otherwise restored, to look like new again? I want it to look as near to OEM as possible.

Thank you and hope everyone is doin well, and getting your cars ready for summer!

Corey20v
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Re: Dashboard restoration options

Postby Corey20v » Thu May 26, 2022 9:52 am

I also found this LHD option, w/o reviews.
Im also looking for options, I don't like the glossy CF look.
https://ae86world.bigcartel.com/product ... dash-cover
1986 SR5->20V ST (WIP!)
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Re: Dashboard restoration options

Postby Corey20v » Thu May 26, 2022 11:12 am

This LHD dash cap / cover looks really good (later half of video). I will probably do this since i can see how nicely it fits vs blindly buying.

https://youtu.be/P5KXSw6iYKQ
https://www.carpartsdiscount.com/auto/d ... ?3593=1107
1986 SR5->20V ST (WIP!)
Other toys: 1993 S13 Coupe, 1993 NA6 Miata, 1996 Z32 300ZX

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Re: Dashboard restoration options

Postby fiveten » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:55 pm

Vintage Dashes is currently developing a complete dash for our AE86s, all new skeleton and pad.

https://instagram.com/vintagedashes?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
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Re: Dashboard restoration options

Postby sirdeuce » Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:31 pm

I've done composite overlays. Chopped uni looks awesome! Gives a "forged" carbon fiber look. Can get the carbon with colored glass and/or add metal flakes for accent. Looking at my C-pillar trim, wing, side panels and front lip (MR2) next. I'm not talking about vinyl "carbon look" crap either, this is real carbon and epoxy resin layup. It's time consuming but well worth it. One bad thing is once you get the hang of it you start looking at other things for the same treatment, like interior trim pieces. I like doing it this way since you'll really never need to do it again. Use a good UV stable resin and the worst thing you may have to do is buff it out some years down the road.
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