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This is a discussion on Upper dash trim within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; Does anyone make a repro upper dash trim, the flat peice up against the windshield that cracks with age? I ...

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    Does anyone make a repro upper dash trim, the flat peice up against the windshield that cracks with age? I just got a small crack near the thin part of the vent/security bulb. I've seen the vinyl covers but dont know how flush they are, nor if the trim keeps cracking, if the cover will stay as it should.

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    I have not seen any repros yet. I bought NOS one about a year or so ago and it was slightly over 400.
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    The vinyl ones are ok but you can tell its a cover but it's not super obvious if you get a decent made one and install it correctly. I just wanted it be a real piece which is why I bought a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    The vinyl ones are ok but you can tell its a cover but it's not super obvious if you get a decent made one and install it correctly. I just wanted it be a real piece which is why I bought a new one.
    $400 is a bit steep for me, would epoxy fix a smallish crack?

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    Yeah I've seen some guys over on tech take some completely shattered ones and rebuild them using epoxy and then cover them in either a leatherette or vinyl material. Looks pretty good but alot of work. A small crack probably would be pretty easy and you can possibly reinforce the rest and keep it from getting any worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    Yeah I've seen some guys over on tech take some completely shattered ones and rebuild them using epoxy and then cover them in either a leatherette or vinyl material. Looks pretty good but alot of work. A small crack probably would be pretty easy and you can possibly reinforce the rest and keep it from getting any worse.
    What are you thinking as far as reinforcement? Maybe a layer of epoxy on the underside? I plan on using what some people call "45 minute glue", its an epoxy that body-shops use to adhere large panels to the cars body and hold it in place so they can do the welding more accurately.

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    I would try plastic welding first over epoxy.

    Not hard to do but you need to make sure you don't burn through. All you need is a soldering iron and some donor plastic material similar to the pad.


    I've made a few repairs to plastic items using this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I would try plastic welding first over epoxy.

    Not hard to do but you need to make sure you don't burn through. All you need is a soldering iron and some donor plastic material similar to the pad.


    I've made a few repairs to plastic items using this.
    I ll have to look into that, any good links for that, or are all about the same?

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    Here is a thread on an air lid I've been working on. It will show you the basics.

    Airlid repair

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    I put pix of the crack in my album. I will try to do it here after I get home. Its pretty small in damage and size compared to what you did.
    Last edited by Whamhammer; 09-03-2015 at 02:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Here is a thread on an air lid I've been working on. It will show you the basics.

    Airlid repair


    This is what I am looking at, would it be too small for "plastic welding"?:


    http://www.ls1.com/forums/members/wh...dash-crack.jpg

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    Keep in mind a small crack is going to get bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan c View Post
    Keep in mind a small crack is going to get bigger.
    Thats why I am asking the questions that I am, I dont know if the platic welding, or supported hard core epoxy are the best solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    This is what I am looking at, would it be too small for "plastic welding"?:


    http://www.ls1.com/forums/members/wh...dash-crack.jpg


    Sorry I'm late replying. Yes you can plastic weld. You would do it on the back. As long as you don't hold the iron there to the point it pushes through you'll be ok..

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    Eastwood makes a nice plastic welding kit: TPO, TEO & PP Plastic Welding Kit

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    6litereaterdesigns.com has a reproduction dash pad for $190 plus shipping. That might be what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Eastwood makes a nice plastic welding kit: TPO, TEO & PP Plastic Welding Kit
    Am I reading it right that the plastic strips that are provided would work for the welding, no matter what the plastic is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan c View Post
    6litereaterdesigns.com has a reproduction dash pad for $190 plus shipping. That might be what you want.
    Nathan,

    What they offer is a cover for the crash pad that goes over a cracked dash pad, not a crash pad itself. I wan't to fix the actual "pad" (I dont see whats so "paddy" about it) before I go to a cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    Am I reading it right that the plastic strips that are provided would work for the welding, no matter what the plastic is?
    Correct.

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