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    Default How To: Fix that Cracked Dash

    How to Fix your Cracked Dashpad to look brand new. Many 4th Generation Camaros and Firebirds have a problem with their dash’s cracking over the years. Heres a way to fix it and make it look new, without buying a whole new piece.

    What You’ll Need:

    Vinyl 2 yds your choice of color

    Spray Adhesive ($7.99 Permatex Heavy Duty blue and orange can.)

    Plastic Welder Epoxy ($2.99) 1. You’ll need to fix the broken part of the dash with the plastic welder.






    2. I used cardboard and epoxy to glue the cracks back together, sand the plastic then patch the crack permanently

    the cardboard adds great strength to the already strong glue, not pretty, but this will never be seen anyways.







    3. SPRAY ON adhesive! Follow directions for max strength. Spray both vinyl and dash pad 2 good coats. Let dry for 5-10 mins until tacky, then press on firmly. TAKE YOUR TIME, start in the middle and work you way out getting all the air bubbles out (a hair dryer works great).



    Flip over; trim the edges leaving enough overhang to fold over.



    Now with the overhang, I used a hot glue gun to hold it down.. Works great and dries fast.



    Trim the rest to fit, and finish folding over the flaps.






    brand new dash!!!

    The best part of this vinyl is that its flexible, and will withstand direct sunlight while providing support for the cracked dash underneath.

    Enjoy your sweet “new” dash pad without the cracks!

    You can also use leftover vinyl if you have it, to go over other areas with the same method.


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    looks awesome, one question though. how has your held up the the sun (like the glue letting loose?)

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    Probably holds up well. Great idea and looks awesome.

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    Hell yeah.... was thinking about this the other day.... thanks for the input!!!

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    Nice!!!!!! Good write up

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakv6 View Post
    looks awesome, one question though. how has your held up the the sun (like the glue letting loose?)
    so far so good, the only problem was around the vent, keeps coming up, but thats because I cut it to short, otherwise it's all good.

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    holy shit dude you are my hero! im definitely doing that come spring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyrs96 View Post
    so far so good, the only problem was around the vent, keeps coming up, but thats because I cut it to short, otherwise it's all good.
    what do you mean by, "cut it too short? and how could I avoid this problem with the vent? Also, would leather work too?

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    yes, leather would work, when I cut around the vent I didn't leave enough to push down and glue to the back side.

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    Wanna come up and do mine?! I need to fix it, but I don't even know how to get the damn thing out!
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