Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Cracked dash repair howto guide


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 Hondasucks

Hondasucks

    Subaru Technician

  • Members
  • 4,760 posts
  • Vancouver, WA

Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:57 PM

Stumbled across this while searching for dash repair info, it's from a BMW forum but would apply to the older gen cars as well since they're similar in construction. I'm going to give it a try with my 68 Polara at some point LOL

 

http://forums.bimmer...epair-Pic-Heavy

 

(If you're on dialup, click the link and go make a sandwich lol)



#2 1982gl4

1982gl4

    1000+ Super USER!

  • Members
  • 1,367 posts
  • Worcester, VT

Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:44 PM

I did something similar to that with my ea81. I used high quality spray foam for insolation for filler as my foam had cracked pretty badly, and then used some fiber glass over that and a small amount of bondo to smooth it. The problem with this is the old vinyl is very brittle. My dash has re-cracked right next to the areas I repaired last year due to the vinyl shrinking away from the fiber glass. I think in order to keep it from cracking the old vinyl would have to be removed completely. Maybe the method used above would work better with plastic welding, but I'm not convinced that it would. I will say the flocking I used looks, and functions great! 

 

http://www.ultimates...wd-build/page-3



#3 dickdirty

dickdirty

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 63 posts
  • tacoma

Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:13 AM

The problem with this is the old vinyl is very brittle

 

i've read that you can rejuvenate old brittle vinyl with transmission fluid to make it soft again



#4 Hondasucks

Hondasucks

    Subaru Technician

  • Members
  • 4,760 posts
  • Vancouver, WA

Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:08 AM

i've read that you can rejuvenate old brittle vinyl with transmission fluid to make it soft again

I've also heard you can coat it with vaseline and let it sit and absorb into the plastic... Also works for weather cracked tires from what I've heard, doesn't "fix" the cracks but keeps them from getting worse.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users