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Evrgrnmtnman
04-08-2008, 05:33 PM
Any recommendations for repairing cracks(or filling them in) in the dash to it's beautiful luster of yester year??????

corsair23
04-08-2008, 05:39 PM
No help on what to use to fill in the crack but what about one of them carpeted dash covers?

Evrgrnmtnman
04-08-2008, 07:30 PM
That's a idea for sure......

Red_Chili
04-08-2008, 09:52 PM
The only one I've heard of. Short of getting a plastics manufacturer to make you a new one.

Gonna mourn when mine cracks.

SteveH
04-09-2008, 09:41 AM
Prices vary widely on those plastic dash covers (the thin shells that drop over your dash). Shop around - you can pay $69 at one place, and $129 for the same thing somewhere else. JC Whitney had the best selection, a few years back.

I think with the great amount of expansion/contraction from heat (the sun), you won't really get a successful repair job on an existing crack. Last time I saw minitruck dash covers, they were unfortunately expensive (Compared to FJ40/55 ones).

Evrgrnmtnman
04-09-2008, 12:22 PM
Here is something I found on EHow:

Things You’ll Need:
Utility knife
Painters' tape
Silicone caulking
Vinyl paint

Step 1:
Use a utility knife to "V" cut the crack slightly. Be careful not to cut too much, shave away just enough to form a "V" shape, to allow easy application of the silicone caulking.

Step 2:
Clean well both inside and outside of the crack, removing all dust and loose particles. Allow the area to dry well before proceeding.

Step 3:
Mask either side of the crack with painters tape to keep the caulking in the opening and not on the good vinyl dashboard. Silicone caulking dries clear, but shiny.

Step 4:
Apply the silicone caulking into the crack and allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, before removing the tape. If the crack is small, simply remove the tape and allow the silicone to dry. If the crack is larger, you can choose to texture the silicone using the texturizing portion of a vinyl repair kit. It is best to texture before removing the tape, however you must texture within 10 to 15 minutes, before the silicone dries too much to take the texture.

Step 5:
Paint larger cracks in your dashboard with motor car vinyl paint to reduce visibility. Allow the silicone to dry at least two hours before painting.

Corbet
04-09-2008, 04:20 PM
The dash on my 60 split shortly after I purchased it :mad:

But I'm yet to find a way to "repair" it and have it really look any better than just cracked. Above sounds interesting but I think you'd have to paint the whole dash. Then you'd probably still be able to see the crack but have a painted cap that looks like hell too. I'll just leave it to the next owner I guess.

For my 40 I plan to get one of those storage boxes that replace the dash.

Evrgrnmtnman
04-09-2008, 04:41 PM
Actually, I ordered a dashboard repair kit made by Permatex #81785 for $13.99 off of Amazon.Com. Includes paint....I'll see how it goes. I only have 2 very small cracks..

subzali
04-21-2008, 09:53 PM
I went to the hardware store and got a vinyl repair kit because I have a tear in my headliner - have yet to try it out though...but my dash is vinyl too and has a couple hairline cracks that just came in this winter, so maybe I'll give it a try...

Evrgrnmtnman
04-22-2008, 06:49 PM
I went to the hardware store and got a vinyl repair kit because I have a tear in my headliner - have yet to try it out though...but my dash is vinyl too and has a couple hairline cracks that just came in this winter, so maybe I'll give it a try...

This permatex that I bought is a waste of money, FYI for everyone!