vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Everything that doesn't belong in the previous categories probably belongs here. Interiour (how are the seats mounted? how to remove the CEM?) and exteriour (how to replace the popup-lights shock absorbers or a door) are discussed here!

Moderators: jifflemon, coyote1980, Rachel

Post Reply
timrosser
Advanced 480 rookie
Posts: 543
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:22 pm

vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by timrosser » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:22 pm

I was thinking about using fiberglass to fill the various breaks and cracks in my old black dash surround, smoothing out and then wrapping with a mat black vinyl? Aiming for a factory standard finish! Has anyone tried this? Aside from melting the hole thing I think the main problem may be around the vertical air vent where it may be hard to tuck in the wrap, anyone know if this can come out? Thanks again, Tim

User avatar
jamescarruthers
480 Is my middle name
Posts: 1619
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2003 3:19 pm
Location: Cambridge

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by jamescarruthers » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:30 pm

The vents all come out easily (I normally prise out with a flat blade screwdriver wrapped in a thin cloth). Try not to loose the spring washer from one end.
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

User avatar
MisterH
Knows where Volvo is from
Posts: 144
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Location: Stockbridge

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by MisterH » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:59 pm

I was considering using double sided tape, but have not tried it yet, will let you know how it goes
Current Jobs to do (17/08/19):
Fix Speedometer
New Tires
Fix Radio/Cassette
Fix Central Locking

jifflemon
480 Is my middle name
Posts: 987
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:03 am

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by jifflemon » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:07 pm

I was toying with the idea of flocking one...

User avatar
dragonflyjewels
480 Expert
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:38 am
Location: Norfolk

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by dragonflyjewels » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm

There is a thread on dashboard renovation where the damage was only on the edges, which was repaired then covered with a 20mm wide strip of black PU leather. Sorry to say I can't find the thread, but it looked very neat when done.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo with richmod
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo with Robou mod

mathrock
480 Newbie
Posts: 43
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:57 pm

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by mathrock » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:25 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm
There is a thread on dashboard renovation where the damage was only on the edges, which was repaired then covered with a 20mm wide strip of black PU leather. Sorry to say I can't find the thread, but it looked very neat when done.
cracked instrument casing problem solved..

User avatar
dragonflyjewels
480 Expert
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:38 am
Location: Norfolk

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by dragonflyjewels » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:27 pm

Well done - that's the baby
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo with richmod
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo with Robou mod

timrosser
Advanced 480 rookie
Posts: 543
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:22 pm

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by timrosser » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:52 am

I like that but I'm going to press ahead with my experiments! I'm going to fill, sand flat then try a mat black paint, and if that fails a mild sand and the wrap! Will keep you posted!

Tim

User avatar
dragonflyjewels
480 Expert
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:38 am
Location: Norfolk

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by dragonflyjewels » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:57 am

lots of pics please - good luck
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo with richmod
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo with Robou mod

mathrock
480 Newbie
Posts: 43
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:57 pm

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by mathrock » Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:27 pm

timrosser wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:52 am
I like that but I'm going to press ahead with my experiments! I'm going to fill, sand flat then try a mat black paint, and if that fails a mild sand and the wrap! Will keep you posted!

Tim
I did this with my cracked dashboard. it turned out really well. Just take your time and pay attention to detail. For the paint I used a matte black and a satin clear coat to protect it. I used a polyester spot putty filler to smooth things out where the cracks had been repaired. I actually had lots of cracks and many of the mount points broken off. Full picture set here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mathrock/ ... 785441147/

How the dashboard arrived after the car was shipped from Sweden to the USA
Image

Epoxied crack back together
Image

Filler added, sanded, and smoothed
Image

Repainted (still wet, not quite this glossy looking in person)
Image

AleksanderHugo
480 Newbie
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:13 pm
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by AleksanderHugo » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:43 pm

Wow! That looks really nice! :D

I restored my dashboard using “plastic welding” with some wire melted in for reinforcement. It turned out OK. However, since my surround had been missing most of the mounts, I had to guess how they used to look like :) It was especially difficult around fog light switches, because large portions of original dashboard were missing there. It all holds together well now, but still creaks a bit — I guess it cannot be solved without remaking all dashboard from some fresh plastic.

Moreover, I did not paint my dashboard surround since I was worried that it will be too shiny compared to all the switches, knobs, etc. Did you paint also these other elements?

timrosser
Advanced 480 rookie
Posts: 543
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:22 pm

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by timrosser » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:30 pm

Matt, that looks incredible, I'm glad this has worked so well in practice as well as in theory! I'll keep you all posted :-)

mathrock
480 Newbie
Posts: 43
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:57 pm

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Post by mathrock » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:33 pm

AleksanderHugo wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Moreover, I did not paint my dashboard surround since I was worried that it will be too shiny compared to all the switches, knobs, etc. Did you paint also these other elements?
Thanks. No, I didn't repaint all the other switches and trim inserts. The black matte paint with satin clear matched closely enough to not be super noticeable. I reinstalled it at night and the lighting was poor so I don't have great pictures of it installed at the moment aside from this one:

Image

Post Reply